This September, Biology major Stephanie Olson '17 presented a poster on the growth and development of flesh-eating beetles at the 25th International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Fla.
Olson, who will use the poster as part of her Capstone presentation, completed the research alongside Dr....
Lauretta Bushar, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Biology, co-authored “Population Isolation and Genetic Subdivision of Timber Rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) in the New Jersey Pine Barrens” in the September issue of Herpetologica.
Through DNA and statistical analysis, Dr. Bushar...
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Minor in Biochemistry
Genetic Structure of Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) Populations: Physiographic Influences and Conservation Implications
Research Paper, Copeia 2014:694-706
Co-Authored with C. Aborde, S. Gao, M. Gonzalez, J. Hoffman, I. Kovelman, A. Savitzky, H. K. Reinert
Cross-species Amplification of Crotalus horridus Microsatellites and their Application in Phylogenetic Analysis
Research Paper, Journal of Herpetology 35:532-537
Co-Authored with M. Maliga and H.K. Reinert
Genetic Variation and Gene Flow Within and Between Local Populations of the Timber Rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus
Research Paper, Copeia 1998(2):411-422
Co-Authored with H.K. Reinert and L. Gelbert
Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci for use in population genetic analysis in the timber rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus
Research Paper, Journal of Heredity 87(2):152-155
Co-Authored with Villarreal, X., L. Gelbert, J. Bricker, H. K. Reinert, and L.M. Bushar
Distribution of the Aruba Island Rattlesnake, Crotalus unicolor, on Aruba, Dutch West Indies
Research Paper, Caribbean J. Sci. 38:126-128
Co-Authored with Reinert, H.K., L. M. Bushar, G. L. Rocco, M. Goode, and R. A. Odum
The ecology of the Aruba Island Rattlesnake, Crotalus unicolor. In The Biology of Rattlesnakes, W. K. Hayes, K. R. Beaman, M. D. Cardwell, and S. P. Bush, eds.
Contribution to book, Loma Linda University Press, Loma Linda, CA
Co-Authored with Reinert, H. K., L. M. Bushar, G. Rocco, and R. A. Odum
Genetic characterization of an invasive Boa constrictor population on the Caribbean island of Aruba
Research Paper, Journal of Herpetology. In press
Co-Authored with Bushar, L. M., H. K. Reinert, S. Tucker, L. C. Pace, W. I. Lutterschmidt, and R. Andrew Odum
Population isolation and genetic subdivision of Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) populations in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
Research Paper, Herpetologica. In press
Co-Authored with L. M. Bushar, N. Bhatt, M. C. Dunlop*, C. Schocklin*, M. A. Malloy* and H. K. Reinert
Dr. Bushar's research interests are in the ecology and population genetics of threatened and endangered snake species. Most of her work has focused on the Timber Rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus, which is a candidate species in Pennsylvania and is a threatened or endangered species in most of the northeastern United States. With colleagues, she has developed microsatellite genetic markers for use in studies of C. horridus (Villarreal et al., 1996). She has used these to study factors influencing genetic variation within and gene flow among local populations of C. horridus (Bushar et al., 1998) as well as anthropogenic and physiographic influences on the genetic structure of C. horridus populations (Bushar et al., in press). Additionally, Dr. Bushar has a research program on the island of Aruba in the Netherlands Antilles studying the endangered Aruba Island Rattlesnake, Crotalus durissus unicolor, and the invasive Boa constrictor (e.g., Reinert et al., 2008; Bushar et al., in press). Dr. Bushar has been supported by funding from the Pennsylvania Wild Resource Conservation Fund through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and a State Wildlife Grant through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Her research has been supported through intramural grants including the Stacy Anne Vitetta Professorship, the Ellington Beavers Faculty Research Award, and other intramural grants. She has also received support for the renovation of research laboratories and the purchase of instrumentation used in both teaching and research through the National Science Foundation.