This spring break, natural resources management prof. Valorie Titus and eight GMC students including Julia Allen ’19, Anya Beale ’18, Torie Cowell ’16, Tynazha Jones ’17, Sarah Lucas ’17, Megan Muller ’16, Jacob Phillips ’16, and Kaitlin Phillips ’16 travelled to South Carolina’s Francis Marion National Forest for a second year of volunteering. Working with biologists from the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy, USFS, and South Carolina DNR, students in the Southeastern Ecology Field Trip class participated in a week-long search for herpetological fauna and conducted small mammal trapping. The class uncovered some interesting data on the habitat preferences of some small mammals, including the Hispid Cotton Rat, and documented a slew of important (and rare) reptile and amphibian species. The students even added an important snake to the study, an Eastern Pine Snake, now fitted with a radio transmitter and lovingly named “Theodore.” This snake will be monitored for the next few years and will provide much needed ecological data for the proper management of the fragile Longleaf Pine systems of South Carolina. We look forward to heading back to help again next year, so if you’re interested in going, stay tuned!
/ / / GMC Students Work with S. Carolina Field Biologists