Lab News

October 2021: Kaitlyn attended the Midwestern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (MWPARC) online annual meeting. Kaitlyn was awarded the Brodman Award for Oral Presentation for a Completed Project for their presentation titled “Subsurface tile drainage contributes to elevated neonicotinoid concentrations in juvenile Northern Leopard Frogs”. Congratulations!

August 2021: Kaitlyn was awarded a fellowship through the Neuroscience, Nanotechnology and Networks Program (USD-N3) to further examine the impacts of agricultural contaminants on the amphibian brain.

July 2021: Anna, Kaitlyn, and Danielle presented at the virtual Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

April 2021: In honor of her teaching abilities, Anna won 2nd place for the Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award! At USD’s annual IdeaFest, Jami presented her first poster and Anna, Kaitlyn and Danielle gave talks over their research.

March 2021: Jami was awarded a USD Creative Grant to investigate the trophic ecology of False Map turtles along the Missouri River with different zebra mussel invasion intensities. Anna was awarded a USD Creative Grant to conduct a laboratory experiment to determine the rate of bioaccumulation and transfer of selenium from water to Zebra Mussels to False Map Turtles! Anna was also awarded the J.E. Weaver Grant through the Nature Conservancy for her project titled “Cross Taxa Toxicological and Disease Monitoring: Conserving South Dakota‚Äôs Prairie Pothole Wetlands”. Additionally, Danielle was awarded the Wildlife Diversity Small Grant through the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks to investigate Ranavirus and Bsal presence across South Dakota. Danielle was also awarded the Midwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Travel Grant!

February 2021: Danielle, Anna, and Kaitlyn gave talks at The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting (South Dakota Chapter – virtual due to COVID-19). Anna was awarded the ‘Outstanding PhD Graduate Student Award’! This award is presented bi-annually to a graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in the study of wildlife ecology and management.

December 2020: Danielle was awarded the USD Creative Grant for $750 for her project titled “Determining the influence of ranavirus infection on amphibian overwintering physiology and behavior.” 

May 2020: Kaitlyn was awarded the Helen T. and Frederick M. Gaige Award through the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

April 2020: Anna gave a virtual oral presentation and Danielle gave a poster presentation at The University of South Dakota’s Virtual IdeaFest. Kaitlyn was awarded $1,779 through the USD-N3 Student Travel Grant to present at JMIH 2020, which will be postponed until July 2021 due to COVID-19. Kaitlyn was also awarded $2,000 through the USD-N3 Student Research grant to investigate the effects of selenium neurotoxicity in Northern Leopard frogs!

March 2020: Anna was awarded field work travel money through the USD Creative Grant! Undergraduates, Vanessa Weigal and Peyton Keller, were also awarded 2020 UDiscover summer fellowships under Anna and Kaitlyn!

February 2020: Anna and Kaitlyn gave oral presentations at The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting (South Dakota Chapter) in Oacoma, SD. Anna received the ‘Best Open Presentation Award’!

Danielle, Kaitlyn, and Anna at the 2020 Wildlife Annual Meeting in Oacoma, SD
Danielle, Kaitlyn, and Anna at the 2020 Wildlife Annual Meeting in Oacoma, SD

December 2019: Anna and Kaitlyn were awarded travel grants to present at The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting (South Dakota Chapter) in Oacoma, SD in February!

November 2019: Anna passed her oral exam and is now a Ph.D. Candidate. Anna and Kaitlyn also gave oral presentations at the Missouri River Institute Symposium in Vermillion, SD. Danielle was awarded funding through the USD Creative Grant to the analyze the impacts of Ranavirus infection on predator-prey dynamics.

October 2019: Kaitlyn passed her oral exam and is now a Ph.D. Candidate

August 2019: Danielle Galvin joined the Kerby Lab! Danielle graduated from The University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE) in 2019 with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife. Kaitlyn was awarded $3,000 through the Nolop Institute for Medical Biology for her project titled “Quantification of Neonicotinoids in an Amphibian Model as a Proxy for Human Health and Exposure Levels”.

March 2019: Kaitlyn was awarded a research grant for her work with neonicotinoids and amphibian brains through the University of South Dakota’s Neuroscience, Nanotechnology, and Networks (N3) program. She was also awarded the J.E. Weaver Grant through the Nature Conservancy to determine the effect of tile drainage system on neonicotinoid brain concentrations in amphibians. Lastly, Kaitlyn was awarded the Wildlife Diversity Small Grant through the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks for her project titled “Presence of Selenium in South Dakota Tile Wetland Species”