Welcome to the Mott Lab webpage!
We use field, mesocosm, and laboratory approaches in addressing issues in amphibian ecology, biogeography, and conservation. Our behavioral ecology research focuses on the roles of cannibalism, heterospecific predation, and other agonistic interactions in creating and maintaining aquatic communities, particularly in larval salamander assemblages exhibiting guild structure. We also investigate geographic range-wide patterns of distribution and abundance among the Amphibia, with particular focus on ecological and evolutionary phenomena occurring at range margins. Most recently, we have started to utilize publicly available datasets and macroecological methods to address large-scale questions in amphibian ecology and conservation.
(16-Feb) Former lab member Hannah Pittman has been accepted into both a D.O. program at Auburn University and the M.D. program at Mercer University...decisions, decisions!!!
(8-Feb) Both the Mott Lab and the Whiteman Lab have received REU Supplements for our trophic cascades work! Funding will provide for additional REU Students and an additional faculty member to take part in our Colorado and Kentucky field work!
(1-Feb) Katie Cody, Samantha Hoffman, Emily Mauntel, and Abby Nemec all begin working in the lab as undergraduate research assistants! They will be helping with processing and identifying invertebrates from our NSF-funded research in Colorado and western Kentucky.
(29-Aug) New paper on seasonal patterns of intraguild predation and body size variation is out in Journal of Herpetology
(1-Aug) Moving into the new digs at Eastern Kentucky University...feels good to be back in salamander country!