Chloe is a PhD student in Dr. Meryl Mims‘s lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. She is interested in studying the connections between species traits, population genetics, and landscapes, especially in areas with high levels of anthropogenic land-use.
Chloe earned her Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Georgia. During her time at UGA she studied the effects of land cover and water quality on hellbender presence using environmental DNA techniques under the advisory of Dr. Stephen Spear, formerly of the Orianne Society, and Dr. John Maerz.
After graduating, Chloe worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory in NY to monitor wildlife response to laboratory functions. She also investigated the response of eastern box turtle movements on laboratory property to meteorological variation. Following her time at BNL, Chloe returned to work with The Orianne Society to assist with hellbender and mudpuppy monitoring and eDNA extraction and analysis. Next, she moved to FL to work at St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge to primarily assist with frosted flatwood salamander management and their relatively new headstarting program for the conservation of local flatwood populations. While at St. Mark’s she also had the opportunity to monitor and band their red-cockaded woodpecker population.
Chloe started her time at Virginia Tech as a laboratory manager and research technician in Dr. Mims’s lab in Fall of 2017. During her time as manager she began development on an open access anuran traits database for the continental United States detailing life history and ecological traits of every species to be used for future projects, in addition to management responsibilities.
While working in a variety of environments with varying levels of anthropogenic modifications, Chloe has become increasingly interested in using genetic/genomic techniques to monitor, manage, and understand its effect on biodiversity. She believes the IGC program will be the perfect opportunity to enhance her research by collaborating with interdisciplinary researchers and learning more effective communication techniques.