Emily McCallen (PhD)

Emily McCallen

Graduate Research Assistant
Purdue University
Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources
195 Marstellar Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061
email: emccall@purdue.edu

Current Project


Ecological Niche Modeling of the Eastern Hellbender in Indiana

I will be formally joining the William’s lab fall in the fall of 2013. My project will focus on developing an ecological niche model for eastern hellbenders in Indiana. Eastern hellbender distributions and habitat variables throughout the blue river watershed will be characterized within a GIS environment and linked using current modeling techniques. The model results will help determine sites within Blue River tributaries appropriate for eastern hellbender reintroductions. If translocation and reintroduction programs within Indiana prove successful, the technique may be extended to include a larger portion of the eastern hellbender’s range.

Professional Presentations


Oral Presentations:

  • McCallen, E.B. The effect of land use type and soil variables on Japanese beetle population attributes in Central Illinois soybean fields. Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference. Cincinnati, Ohio. April 2012.
  • McCallen, E.B. Lessons on the evolutionary mechanisms of domestication from the domestication of the silver fox (Vulpes vulpes). The Behavioral Ecology Graduate Seminar Series. Charleston, Illinois. May 2011.

Poster Presentations:

  • McCallen, E.B., K.F. Gaines, L.E. Ruyle, and J.M. Novak. A spatially explicit model to estimate contaminant burdens in river otters (Lontra Canadensis) on the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. Eastern Illinois University’s College of Sciences Sciencefest . Charleston, Illinois. April 2013.
  • McCallen, E.B., S.A. Sara, and P.V. Switzer. The effect of land use type and soil variables on Japanese beetle distribution in central Illinois soybean fields. Eastern Illinois University’s College of Sciences Sciencefest . Charleston, Illinois. April 2012.
  • Sara, S.A., E.B. McCallen, and P.V. Switzer. Japanese Beetle Distributions in Soybean Fields. Graduate Exposition Poster Presentations. Charleston, Illinois. April 2010.

Publications


  • Sara, S.A., E.B. McCallen, and P.V. Switzer. 2013. The spatial distribution of Japanese beetles, Popillia japonica, in soybean fields. Journal of Insect Science 13.