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Brandt, Vanderpool present at Tennessee Wildlife Society Conference

Cutline: Left to right, Dr. Laroy Brandt, Hanna Hess, Dr. Aggie Vanderpool, Maggie Singleton, Kayla Howard and Amanda Schlegel


Harrogate, Tennessee, March 23, 2018— Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) faculty and students attended the Tennessee Wildlife Society Conference in Fall Creek Falls State Park, Feb. 28-March 2, 2018. 

Dr. Laroy Brandt, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Aggie Vanderpool, associate director of biology, accompanied 17 conservation biology majors from the LMU School of Mathematics and Sciences.  

Maggie Singleton, Rogersville, Tennessee, presented her senior seminar research concerning large mammal diversity at the LaSuerte Biological Field Station in Costa Rica.  One highlight of her research was a new record of Baird’s tapirs at the study site. Baird’s tapirs are a species of mammal found only in Latin America, and are listed as endangered with an estimated 3,000 remaining. 

Justine Jusack, Sevierville, Tennessee, presented her senior seminar research, which tested a hypothesis that the bat community species composition would change in areas that are more open.  Her research, conducted in Costa Rica, supported current suggestions that as open space increases, the proportion of fruit eating bats in the bat community increases. 

Vanderpool and Brandt presented research that combined the work of two previous students, Rebekah Lindsay and Darrell England, to create some baseline data on the frog species that occur in East Tennessee.  They combined the work to determine if any environmental variables influenced the calling activity of all the species found. 

“We received considerable positive feedback on all presentations, all of which will lead to future research,” said Brandt.

Other students who attended were Michelle Russell, Allardt, Tennessee; Liz Maggard, Dryden, Virginia; Sarah Cornett, Lenoir City, Tennessee; Kayla Howard, Benham, Kentucky; Amanda Schlegel, New Tazewell, Tennessee; Kiersten Dunaway, Barbourville, Kentucky; Hana Hess, Saltville, Virginia; Kendall Trent, Thorn Hill, Tennessee; Madison Denny, Mooresburg, Tennessee; Emily Burke, South Bloomfield, Ohio; Justin Woodard, Pennington Gap, Virginia; Tyler Bushnell, Shelbyville, Tennessee; Tanner Denton, Bristol, Tennessee; Haydn Jones, Tazewell, Tennessee; and Joey Harris, Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. 

For more than 75 years, The Wildlife Society has been influencing the future of wildlife and wild places for the benefit of generations to come. Founded in 1937, the organization’s mission is “To inspire, empower, and enable wildlife professionals to sustain wildlife populations and habitats through science-based management and conservation.” The Wildlife Society enhances members’ networking and learning opportunities and professional and career development, and provides numerous ways for them to get more involved in creating a better future for wildlife and their habitats.

The Wildlife Society members include scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners, consultants and others who manage, conserve and study wildlife populations and habitats; students who are pursuing degrees and experiences that will enable them to become the next generation of wildlife professionals; and supporters who help spread the word and take action on important wildlife and habitat issues.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies.  The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at [email protected].



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