Steven Kimble, PhD

Steven Kimble

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Purdue University
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University
715 West State Street, PFEN G068
West Lafayette, IN 47907
email: skimble@purdue.edu

My research revolves around using genetic techniques in the conservation of herpetofauna. Herpetofauna are the most endangered vertebrate clade on the planet, and yet many of their natural history traits are cryptic, making the study of both their natural history traits and the effects of anthropogenic difficult to study. Genetics can offer evidence, which is often counterintuitive, on many of these traits and processes. I am using genetics to understand the temporal patterns in ranaviral infection in box turtles, to characterize the immunome of box turtles and leopard frogs, to explore how gene flow operates in both fragmented and intact landscapes, and to evaluate the selective pressures of pesticide on wood frogs, among others.

Positions held


Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Purdue University, 2012-present
Coordinator, Instructor and Curator, vertebrate teaching collection, Purdue University, 2014-present

Education


PhD, Conservation Genetics, Purdue University, 2012
MS, Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2009
BS, Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2007
BA, History, Philosophy, and Political Science, Birmingham-Southern College, 1999

Publications


  • Kimble, SJA, AK Karna, AJ Johnson, JT Hoverman, RN Williams. 2014. Mosquitoes as a potential vector of ranavirus transmission in terrestrial turtles. EcoHealth. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-014-0974-3.
  • LaGrange, SM, SJA Kimble, BJ MacGowan and RN Williams. 2014. Seasonal variance in hematology and blood plasma chemistry values of the timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus). Journal of Wildlife Diseases. DOI: 10.7589/2013-10-267.
  • Kimble, SJA, OE Rhodes, Jr and RN Williams. 2014. Relatedness and other finescale population genetic analyses in the threatened eastern box turtle (Terrapene c. carolina) suggest unexpectedly high vagility with important conservation implications. Conservation Genetics. 15:967-979.
  • DeWoody, JA, KC Abts, AL Fahey, Y Ji, SJA Kimble, NJ Marra, BK Wijayawardena and JR Willoughby. 2013. Of contigs and quagmires: next-gen sequencing pitfalls associated with transcriptomic studies. Molecular Ecology Resources. 13:551-558.
  • Kimble, SJA, OE Rhodes, Jr and RN Williams. 2013. Unexpectedly low rangewide population genetic structure of the imperiled eastern box turtle Terrapene c. carolina. PLOS ONE. 9:e92274.
  • Kimble, SJA and RN Williams. 2012. Hematological reference intervals of the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina). Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 48(3):799-802.
  • Kimble, SJA, JA Fike, OE Rhodes, Jr and RN Williams. 2011. Identification of 12 polymorphic microsatellite loci for the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina). Conservation Genetics Resources. 3:65-67.
  • Thacker, RW, MD Diaz, K R├╝tzler, PM Erwin, SJA Kimble, MJ Pierce, and SL Dillard. 2007. Filamentous cyanobacterial symbionts of Caribbean sponges: phylogenetic relationships and photosynthetic production. in Porifera Research: Biodiversity, Innovation, and Sustainability. Hajdu, E, and G Muricy eds. pp. 621-626.

Presentations


Oral presentations
  • 2014 | Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 2014 | Evolution, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • 2013 | 2013 Box Turtle Conservation Workshop, Asheboro, North Carolina
  • 2013 | Departmental seminar presentation, Department of Biology, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, Invited.
  • 2012 | 7th World Congress of Herpetology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2011 | Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2010 | Indiana Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Terre Haute, Indiana
  • 2009 | University of Alabama at Birmingham Graduate Research Day
  • 2008 | Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference, Florida State University, Tallahassee
  • 2007 | Alabama Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Tuskegee
  • 2007 | Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference, University of Central Florida, Tampa
  • 2007 | Benthic Ecology Meeting, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
  • 2007 | University of Alabama at Birmingham Graduate Research Day
Poster presentations
  • 2013 | Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Albuquerque
  • 2013 | 2013 Box Turtle Conservation Workshop, Asheboro, North Carolina
  • 2011 | Evolution, University of Oklahoma, Norman
  • 2011 | Sigma Xi Student Poster Competition, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • 2010 | Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment Annual Meeting, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • 2010 | Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Symposium, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • 2010 | Sigma Xi Student Poster Competition, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • 2009 | 70th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Springfield, Illinois
  • 2009 | Indiana Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Kokomo
  • 2009 | Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Symposium, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • 2007 | Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2004 | Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, Jacksonville State University, Alabama

Professional Affiliations


2014-present| American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
2011-present | Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
2011-present | The Society for the Study of Evolution
2007-present | Sigma Xi