Dr. Rebecca N. Homan
Ph.D. in Biology from Tufts University, 2003
B.A. in Biology from Wellesley College, 1997
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I study the habitat requirements and long-term population trends of pond-breeding amphibians. I am currently working on projects designed to improve our understanding how both adults and juveniles choose among different suitable upland habitats. I also study long-term demographic patterns of several species with the goal of improving our ability to distinguish between natural and human-caused population fluctuations.
Homan, R.N. 2012. Fluctuation and Stability: A seven year study of spotted salamander demography and migratory orientations. Ohio Amphibian Research and Conservation Conference.
Homan, R.N. 2011. Multiyear demographic study of three co-occurring pond-breeding amphibian species. 96th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.
Rumschlag, S.L*, T. Lan*, and R.N. Homan. 2010. A pilot study examining the role of conspecific chemical cues affecting juvenile American toad (Bufo americanus) orientation behavior. 95th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.
Homan, R.N., M.A. Atwood*, A. Dunkle*, and S.Karr.* 2009. Multi-year study of adult and juvenile Wood Frog and American Toad migration orientations. 94th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.
Homan, R.N., C.D. Wright*, L.F. Michael*, and S.A. Edwards*. 2007. Distribution of Ambystoma maculatum among different habitat types surrounding a single breeding pond. 92nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.
Homan, R.N., C. D. Wright*, and D. Walker*, 2006. Correlates of location and movement of Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) in the breeding pond. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
Wright, C. D.* and R.N. Homan, 2006. Demographic correlates between upland and wetland usage in Ambystoma maculatum. 115th Annual Meeting of the Ohio Academy of Sciences.
Homan, R.N., B.S. Windmiller, and J.M. Reed, 2004. Demographic clues about differences in relative vulnerabilities of two sympatric Ambystoma species. 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology.
Senior Research Projects Supervised
Robert Stenger ('13) - Spatiotemporal variation in microhabitat characteristics of spotted salamander habitat.
Justina Bartling ('13) - First detection of ranavirus in Taylor-Ochs Pond and American toad tadpole susceptibility.
Mark Mangus ('12) - Investigating the factors influencing migration orientations of the wood frog.
Eric Stachura ('12) - Habitat distributions of four life stages of the spotted salamander in and around a temporary ponds.
Tian Lan ('11) - American toad and spotted salamander juveniles' ability to detect and orient toward conspecific chemical cues.
Joe Freundlich ('11) - Multiyear study of three pond-breeding amphibians in Taylor-Ochs.
Samantha Rumschlag ('10) - Amphibian habitat use: demography at an undisturbed pond and a pilot study for juvenile orientation behavior.
Meredith Atwood ('09) - A multiyear survey of amphibian demography and habitat distribution at a vernal pool.
Kyle Renaldo ('09) - Continued exploration of local small ponds: Examining amphibian populations and habitat type.
Brian Slaby ('08) - Upland habitat use by a breeding population of Ambystoma maculatum (Spotted Salamanders).
Sarah Karr ('08) - An Exploration of the Larval Stage of the Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum).
Ashley Dunkle ('08) - Ecological factors influencing dispersal in Rana sylvatica (Wood Frog)
Gretchen White ('07) - Third year survey of a breeding population of spotted salamanders and their habitat.
Sarah Edwards ('06) - A survey of the migrating breeding population of spotted salamanders at the Taylor-Ochs pond in the Denison University Biological Reserve.
Dawn Walker ('06) - Correlates of upland and wetland habitat use by spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum).
Christian Wright ('06) - Demographic correlates between upland and wetland habitat characteristics for a breeding population of Ambystoma maculatum (Spotted Salamander).
Lindsay Michael ('05) - A survey of a breeding population of spotted salamanders and their habitat.
Society for Conservation Biology
Ecological Society of America
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles