Department of Forestry and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0073
michaela.lambert@uky.edu


Curriculum Vitae


Michaela Lambert is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with Bachelor of Science degrees in Natural Resources and Environmental Science and Equine Science and Management. As an undergraduate Michaela was a part of Dr. Steven Price’s Herpetology and Stream Ecology Lab for 3 years and assisted with most of the lab projects. Her own research in the Price Lab investigated the calling behavior of the threatened crawfish frog. Michaela also completed a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates at the Savannah River Ecology Lab where she investigated the sublethal metabolic effects of Radiocesium and Mercury contamination in florida green watersnakes. Currently Michaela is a graduate student co-advised by Drs. Christopher Barton and Steven Price studying how local and landscape factors affect amphibian occupancy, abundance, and species richness of artificial wetlands on a reforested surface mine in the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia.


Education

  • Master of Science, 2017- present. Forestry and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Kentucky
  • Bachelor of Science, 2017. Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Kentucky
  • Bachelor of Science, 2017. Equine Science and Management, University of Kentucky

Research Projects

  • Study investigating the calling behavior of a threatened anuran, the Northern Crawfish Frog (Lithobates areolatus)
  • Study investigating the metabolic effects of radiocesium and mercury contamination in Florida Green Watersnakes (Nerodia floridana)

Other Research Experience

  • Located and captured Northern Watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon) and Queen Snakes (Regina septemvittata) using Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) scanners, sampled for Snake Fungal Disease
  • Sampled for Streamside Salamanders (Ambystoma Barbouri) using stream dipnet surveys
  • Sampled for study evaluating trap effectiveness and gene flow among populations of the Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus)
  • Freshwater mussel sampling for genetic analysis of populations
  • Captured reptiles and amphibians for study investigating the impacts on forest management techniques
  • Evaluated wetland suitability as amphibian habitat

Publications

  • Lambert M. M., Brown M. B., Haskins D L., Russell A. L., Pilgrim M., & Tuberville T. D. (2017).Sublethal Effects of 137Cs and Hg contamination on Florida Green Watersnakes (Nerodia floridana). Thirteenth Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium, 24 – 27.
  • Brown M. B., Lambert M. M., Russell A. L., Tuberville T. D., & Pilgrim M. (2016). Bioaccumulation of 137Cs in Florida Green Watersnakes (Nerodia floridana) from Three Wetlands on the Savannah River Site. USC Upstate Student Research Journal, 9, 19-28.
  • Russell A. L., Brown M. B., Lambert M. M., Tuberville T. D., & Pilgrim M. (2016). Mercury Bioaccumulation in Florida Green Watersnakes (Nerodia floridana) Among Three Wetlands on the Savannah River Site. USC Upstate Student Research Journal, 9, 43- 52.

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant for FOR 370, Wildlife Biology and Management, Fall 2017

Selected Awards

  • Graduate Student Conference Travel Award ($434), fall 2017
  • Best Student Paper Submission, USC Upstate Student Research Journal, 2016
  • Selected to participate in National Science Foundation sponsored Radioecology Research Experience for Undergraduates Program at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, South Carolina, 2016

 Certifications

  • US Department of Energy Radiological Worker II Certified, May 2016 – May 2018