Wes Flynn

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


Education

B.S. - Biology, Penn State University, 2009


Research Interests

I am a PhD student at UGA in the Odum School of Ecology studying the
evolutionary effects of environmental stressors on amphibian populations. Mycurrent work focuses on how anthropogenic and natural stressors directly andinteractively affect amphibians at multiple scales. I utilize quantitative genetic andmolecular approaches in the field and laboratory to address these questions,using the southern toad (Anaxyrus terrestris) as my model system. Theseamphibians, common and widespread in the southeast, frequently occupy habitatsdisturbed by human activities and rely on ephemeral aquatic habitats forreproduction. These life history traits increase the chances of A. terrestrispopulations being subject to a range of anthropogenic stressors, includingchemical contaminants and altered hydroperiods associated with climate change.

For my CV please click here.


Honors and Awards

Research Assistantship, University of Georgia, 2012-2013

Undergraduate Research Grants. Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Spring 2009, Summer 2008, Spring 2008, Summer 2007


Professional Affiliations

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


Publications

  • Flynn RW, Scott DE, Kuhne W,Soteropoulos D,Lance SL(2015) Lethal and sublethal measures of chronic copper toxicity in the Eastern Narrowmouth Toad,Gastrophryne carolinensis. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 34:575-582.
  • Soteropoulos DL,Lance SL,Flynn RW,Scott DE(2014) Effects of copper exposure on hatching success and early larval survival in marbled salamanders,Ambystoma opacum. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 33:1631-1637.
  • Lance SL, Love CN, Nunziata, S, O’Bryhim J, Scott DE, Flynn RW, Jones K. (2013) 32 species validation of a new Illumina paired-end approach for the development of microsatellites. PLoS ONE. 8(11).
  • Love CN, Flynn RW, Nunziata SO, Jones KL, Lance SL. (2013) Development of 31 polymorphic microsatellite markers for the mole salamander (Ambystoma talpoideum) using Illumina paired-end sequencing. Conservation Genetic Resources. Published online: May 2013; DOI: 10.1007/s12686-013-9940-6.
  • Lance SL, Flynn RW, Erickson MR, Scott DE. (2013) Within and among population level differences in response to chronic copper exposure in southern toads, Anaxyrus terrestris. Environmental Pollution. 177, 135-142.
  • Lance SL, Erickson MR, Flynn RW, Mills GL, Tuberville TD, Scott DE. (2012) Effects of chronic copper exposure on development and survival in the southern leopard frog [Lithobates (Rana) sphenocephalus]. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 31(7), 1587-94.

Presentations (*denotes presenter,#indicates invited talk)

  • Flynn RW*#, Welch AM, and Lance SL. How coal combustion waste influences phenotypic variation of an amphibian through genetic and maternal effects. Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 36th Annual Meeting Salt Lake City, UT. (Platform)
  • Flynn RW* and Lance SL. 2014. Copper tolerance in the southern toad, Anaxyrus terrestris: a quantitative genetic approach. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Austin, TX. (Platform)
  • Flynn RW*, Scott DE, and Lance SL. 2013. The genetic basis for the variation in response of southern toads to copper. Gordon Research Conference, Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics. Biddeford, ME. (Poster)
  • Flynn RW*, Scott DE, and Lance SL. 2013. Could an amphibian population be adapting in response to an anthropogenic stressor? Odum School of Ecology, Graduate School Symposium. Athens, GA. (Platform)
  • Flynn RW*, Scott DE, and Lance SL. 2012. An examination of the maternal and paternal contributions to responses of embryonic and larvalsouthern toads (Anaxyrus terrestris) to copper. Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 33rd Annual Meeting. Long Beach, CA. (Platform)
  • Flynn RW*, Erickson MR, Scott DE, Mills GL, Tuberville TD, Seaman JC, Lance SL. 2012. Intra- and interpopulation variation in response to copper in two amphibian species. Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Carolina Regional Chapter. Aiken, SC (Poster)
  • Flynn RW*, Kuhne WW, Scott DE, Erickson MR, Mills GL, Tuberville TD, and Lance SL. 2012. The lethal and sublethal consequences of copper exposure for Lithobates sphenocephalus and Gastrophryne carolinensis. Society for Comparative and Integrative Biology Annual Meeting. Charleston, SC. (Platform)
  • Flynn RW*, Kuhne WW, Scott DE, Erickson MR, Mills GL, Tuberville TD, and Lance SL. 2011. The lethal and sublethal consequences of copper exposure for Lithobates sphenocephalus and Gastrophryne carolinensis. Southeastern Population Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics Meeting. Reidsville, NC. (Platform)
  • Flynn RW*, Scott DS, Jones K, Tuberville TD, and Lance SL. 2011. Lethal and sub-lethal effects of chronic copper exposure on southern toads, Anaxyrus terrestris. American Genetic Association Annual Symposium; Symposium on Genomics and Biodiversity. Guanajuato, Mexico. (Poster)
  • Lance SL, Flynn RW*, Erickson MR, Mills GL, Tuberville TD, and Scott DE. 2010. Effects of copper on gene expression and population genetics of pond-breeding amphibians. Ecological Genomics Symposium. Kansas City, KS. (Poster)
  • Erickson MR, Lance SL*, Flynn RW, Mills GL, T Murphy, Tuberville TD, and Scott DE. 2010. Copper effects on pond-breeding amphibians. American Genetic Association Annual Symposium. Hilo, HI. (Poster)
  • Flynn RW*, Warren JT. 2009. Analysis of folate metabolism and its effects on neural tube development in the early zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryo. Eighteenth Annual Penn State Behrend Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA. (Poster)
  • Flynn RW*, Machuga D, Ober J, Everhart B, and Warren JT. 2008. A molecular genetic approach to studying folate metabolism in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Seventeenth Annual Penn State Behrend Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA. (Poster)
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