Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources
715 W. State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907
My research is on factors that influence peoples’ perceptions of hellbenders. Specifically, I am exploring whether people are more supportive of hellbenders, and conservation efforts for them, if hellbenders are presented using a cartoon characterization or a realistic image. Depending on which people prefer, our lab will tailor our continued outreach and education efforts in order to gain as much hellbender support as possible.
In addition, I am developing teaching material that exposes high school students to the field of conservation biology using the hellbender salamander as the case study organism.