Anna Kase (She/Her) , PhD Candidate

Anna is working on understanding the habitat needs for the state threatened species, False Map Turtles. She has surveyed extensively throughout the Missouri River, with an emphasis in the Lake Oahe region monitoring habitat variables of several species of turtles within the region. She is hoping to create a predictive distributional model to aid land managers in conservation efforts to protect this species. Anna has also been examining the impacts of commonly found pesticides on turtle behaviors.

Kaitlyn Campbell (She/Her/They/Them), PhD Candidate

Kaitlyn is studying the impacts of tile drain contaminants on native amphibian species, with an emphasis on the interaction between neonicotinoids, selenium, and the brain. They are currently funded off of an NSF grant examining sustainable issues along the Missouri River. They are also in the process of building a predictive machine learning model for shifts in amphibian distributions in the upper Midwest basin.

Danielle Galvin (She/Her), PhD Student

Danielle is interested in determining the prevalence of ranavirus infections in amphibian populations across South Dakota. She also studies the influence of ranavirus on amphibian behavior and overwintering physiology. She loves field work and assists in caring for the outreach animals from the Kerby lab.

Jami Baker (She/Her), PhD Student

Jami is a first year PhD student interested in the impacts of ecosystem management strategies on non-target species. She previously received her B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Missouri State University. While there she worked with the Mathis Lab, researching the predator avoidance strategies of terrestrial salamanders. She has also assisted in data collection for long-term mark-recapture surveys studying sea turtles in both Florida and Costa Rica.

Past Students

Careful who you pick as a lab partner, you might end up marrying them!

Jillian Farkas, University of South Dakota, August 2015- May 2019. M.S. Student. Impacts of agricultural tile drain systems on native fish in Prairie Pothole region of South Dakota. *Married to Drew Davis

Joseph Madison, University of South Dakota, September 2014- December 2018. Ph.D. Student. Gene mechanisms involved in the protective microbiome of amphibian skin bacteria.

Drew Davis, University of South Dakota, September 2012- May 2018. Ph.D. Student. Impacts of agricultural tile drain systems on South Dakota wetland fauna. *Married to Jillian Farkas

Spencer Siddons, University of South Dakota, August 2013- May 2016. M.S. Student. Examination of agricultural inputs to amphibian biodiversity along the Missouri River.

Andrew Zajac, University of South Dakota, January 2011-May 2014.  M.S. Student.  The effects of controlled herbicide spray on the endangered Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly. *Married to Jennifer Brown

Kirsten Wert, University of South Dakota, August 2009-May 2012.  M.S. Student.  Impacts of land use on amphibian trematode prevalence.

Jennifer Brown, University of South Dakota, June 2009– July 2011.  M.S. Student.  Interactive effects of contaminants and chytrid on amphibians. *Married to Andrew Zajac