Cara Love

caracoyote

PhD Student, University of Georgia
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory &
Odum School of Ecology
love(at)srel.uga.edu

Education

A.A. - Liberal Arts, Finger Lakes Community College, 2005

B.S. - Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2009

Ph.D. - Ecology, Odum School of Ecology University of Georgia, 2013-present


Research Interests

I am a PhD student at the University of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology studying the effects of anthropogenic stressors on wildlife. Broadly, my interests include, but are not limited to, animal behavior, disease ecology, molecular ecology, and evolution.  My research primarily focuses on understanding the ecological ramifications of chronic exposure to environmental contaminants. Some of my research investigates the effects of environmental radiation contamination on wildlife in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Belarus. Here I investigate how contamination can impact disease prevalence, gene expression patterns, and population genetics. I work with gray wolves and raccoon dogs, predators with high rates of bioaccumulation, to help address these questions. Another portion of my research investigates the impacts of mercury exposure on amphibian populations on the Savannah River Site, South Carolina USA.

 For more information on me and my research check out my webpage: https://caranlove.wordpress.com/


Honors and Awards

  • Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant, University of Georgia (2015)
  • Robert A Sheldon Memorial Award, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia (2015)
  • Charlotte Mangum Student Support ProgramSICB (2014)
  • Odum School of Ecology Small GrantUniversity of Georgia (2013)
  • Travel Award, University of Georgia (2013)
  • Research AssistantshipUniversity of Georgia (2013-present)
  • Ralph T. King AwardSUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (2010)
  • Research Grant, Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy (2010)
  • Alpha Xi Sigma  (2008-2009)
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society (2004-2005)
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificationUniversidad Andrés Bello (2005)


Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Conservation Biology
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • Society for the Study of Evolution
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology


Publications

  • Love CN, Winzeler ME, Beasley R, Nunziata SO, Scott DE, Lance SL. (Under Review, PLoS ONE) Patterns of amphibian disease prevalence across contaminated and uncontaminated wetlands on the Savannah River Site, SC.
  • Webster SC, Byrne ME, Lance SL, Love CN, Hinton T, Shamovich D, and Beasley JC (Under Review, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment) Where the Wild Things Are: Influence of Radiation on the Distribution of Mammalian Species within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
  • Bryan AL, Love CL, Mills GL, Borkhataria RR, and Lance SL (2014) Testing for associations between hematozoa infection and mercury in wading bird nestlings. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 1:222-226.
  • Lance SL, Love CN, Nunziata SO, O’Bryhim JR, Scott DE, Flynn RW, Soteropoulos DL, Hagen C, and Jones KL (2013) 32 Species Validation of a New Illumina Paired-end Approach For The Development of Microsatellites. PLOS ONE. 8(11): e81853.
  • Rabeling C, Love CN, Lance SL, Jones KL, Pierce NE, Bacci Jr.M (2013) Development of twenty-one polymorphic microsatellite markers for the fungus-growing ant Mycocepurus goeldii (Formicidae: Attini) using Illumina paired-end genomic sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources.
  • Love CN, Flynn RW, Nunziata SO, Jones KL, and Lance SL (2013) Development of polymorphic microsatellite markers for the Mole Salamander (Ambystoma talpoideum). Conservation Genetics Resources.5:951-954.
  • Barthelmess E, Love CN, Jones KL, Lance SL (2013) Development of polymorphic microsatellite markers for the North American porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum, using paired-end Illumina sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources. 5:925-27.
  • Harrison E, Love CN, Jones KL, Lance SL, Trexler JC, and Collins T (2013) Isolation and characterization of 18 novel polymorphic microsatellite markers from the Mayan cichlid (Cichlasoma urophthalmus). Conservation Genetics Resources. 5:703-705.
  • Love CN, Hagen C, Horne BD, Jones KL, Lance SL (2012) Development and characterization of thirty novel microsatellite markers for the critically endangered Myanmar Roofed Turtle, Batagur trivittata, and cross amplification in the Painted River Terrapin, B. borneoensis, and the Southern River Terrapin, B. affinis, using paired-end Illumina shotgun sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources. 5:383-387.
  • Stoutamore JL, Love CN, Lance SL, Jones KL, Tallmon D (2012) Development of polymorphic microsatellite markers for the blue king crab (Paralithodes platypus). Conservation Genetics Resources 4:897-899.


Presentations (*indicates presenter)

  • Lance SL*, Love CN, Winzeler, ME, Beaseley R, Coleman A, Nunziata SO, Scott DE (May 2015) Patterns of Prevalence of Two Amphibian Diseases, Ranavirus and Chytridiomycosis, Across Wetlands of the Savannah River Site. Ranavirus Symposium.
  • Love CN, Winzeler ME*, Beasley R, Nunziata SO, Scott DE, Lance SL (Jul 2014) Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and Ranavirus on the Savannah River Site, SC. ASIH.
  • Love CN, Winzeler ME*, Beasley R, Nunziata SO, Scott DE, Lance SL (Jan 2014) Prevalence of Ranavirus in Contaminated and Uncontaminated Sites. SICB.
  • Love CN*, Winzeler ME, Beasley R, Nunziata SO, Scott DE, Lance SL (Jan 2014) Prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, in contaminated and uncontaminated wetlands on the Savannah River Site, SC. SICB.
  • Love CN, Winzeler ME*, Nunziata SO, Scott DE, Lance SL (Sep 2013) Prevalence of Two Amphibian Diseases on the Savannah River Site. Georgia Wildlife Society.
  • Lance SL*, Love CN, Winzeler, Schyler O. Nunziata, David E. Scott (Jul 2013) Prevalence of two amphibian diseases, ranavirus and chytridiomycosis, in contaminated and uncontaminated sites on the Savannah River Site. Wildlife Disease Association.
  • Lance SL, Love CN*, Nunziata SO, O’Bryhim JR, Scott DE, Flynn RW, Soteropoulos DL, Hagen C, and Jones KL (Oct 2012) 32 Species Validation of a New Illumina Paired-end Approach For The Development of Microsatellites. SouthEast Population, Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics.
  • Lance SL, Nunziata SO, Love CN*, Flynn RW, and Jones KL. (Feb 2012) A New and Better Method for Genetic Microsatellite Marker Development Validated in Four Amphibian Species. Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.
  • Love CL*. (Sep 2011) Conducting Research in the Amur-Oblast, Russia. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


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