Brianna Osinski

Obed Hernandez-Gomez

MS Student
Purdue University
Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources
715 W. State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Current Projects

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.


Extension and Outreach Involvement