My research focuses on questions relevant to community ecology, conservation, and invasive species. Along with Dr. Liebgold (BIOL) and our students, I am currently studying spotted turtles, an IUCN Red Listed species. We are interested in the population sizes, population dynamics, and habitat preferences of spotted turtles on the Delmarva Peninsula.
I believe that hands-on learning helps reinforce lecture and reading material. Most of my courses have an experiential or field component. Depending on the course, this might entail visiting a sewage treatment plant or a chicken processing plant to learn about our use/waste stream in Introduction to Sustainability or seining for fish at Assateague National Seashore while discussing diversity indices in Conservation & Biodiversity.
Grant, Alexa H., Ransom, Tami S. and Liebgold, Eric B. (2018) Differential survival and the effects of avian predation on a color polymorphic species, the red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereus). vol. 52. no. 2. pp. 127-135. Journal of Herpetology.
Ransom, Tami S. (2017) Local distribution of native and invasive earthworms and effects on a native salamander. vol. 59. pp. 189-204. Population Ecology.
Ransom, Tami S. and Billak, Brittany J. (2015) Differences in soil characteristics between field and forest influence the distribution of an invasive earthworm. vol. 134. pp. 78-87. Invertebrate Biology.
Ransom, Tami S. (2012) Comparison of direct, indirect, and ecosystem engineering effects of an earthworm on the red-backed salamander. vol. 93. pp. 2198–2207. Ecology.
Rearick, Dan, Kintz, Laura, Burke, Katie L. and Ransom, Tami S (2011) Effects of white-tailed deer on the native earthworm, Eisenoides carolinensis, in the southern Appalachian Mountains, USA. vol. 54S. pp. S173-S180. Pedobiologia.
Fall 2019ENVR 300 ENVR STUDIES: MTHDS & ANALYSIS (Fall 2019)Provides an overview of methodologies for the study of the interactions between human societies and the environment. Guides students in the focused preparation of a research paper and formal research presentation. Prerequisite: ENVR 102. Four hours per week.ENVR 353 CONSERVATION AND BIODIVERSITY (Fall 2019)Focuses on why preserving biodiversity is critical for nature and humankind. Learn ways to describe biodiversity at different scales, discuss major threats to biodiversity, and explore methods for conserving and preserving biodiversity. Focuses on the role that local communities play in conservation, with visits to local conservation organizations and researchers. Prerequisite: Two lab science courses in different departments. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.ENVR 486 DIRECTED RESEARCH IN ENVR STU (Fall 2019)Provides advances students the opportunity to complete an independent supervised research project. Students will present their findings in a public forum. Prerequisites: Junior standing, permission of instructor. One to four hours per week.Spring 2020ENVR 102 INTRO TO SUSTAINABILITY (Spring 2020)Experimental examination of the effects of human activities on the environment. Field trips may include aquaculture facilities, commercial fishing operations, factory farms (of both plants and animals), organic farms, large-scale composting operations, sewage treatment plants, pine plantations, chip mills and power plants. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IVB (Prior to Fall 2008: IIIB).ENVR 355 WILDLIFE MGMT & FIELD TECHNIQ (Spring 2020)Focuses on the theoretical and practical issues surrounding wildlife management. Field trips permit visits to local agencies managing natural areas and give hands-on experience in techniques that commonly are used to assess, monitor and quantify wildlife populations and their habitats. Focuses on the ever-increasing importance of “human dimensions” of wildlife management. Prerequisite: Two lab science courses in different departments. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.ENVR 486 DIRECTED RESEARCH IN ENVR STU (Spring 2020)Provides advances students the opportunity to complete an independent supervised research project. Students will present their findings in a public forum. Prerequisites: Junior standing, permission of instructor. One to four hours per week.
- Grants and Sponsored ResearchGenetic diversity and population connectivity of the Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata), a species of conservation concern, Chicago Herpetological Society
Genetic connectivity between populations of ground-nesting warblers in fragmented habitats on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Maryland Ornithological Society
- PresentationsSnack Time! The timing of predation on ground-nesting warbler nestsJune, 14 2017Animal Behavior Meeting, Toronto, Ontario
Scale-dependent responses to forest structure in two ground-nesting warblersAugust, 18 2016North American Ornithological Conference, Washington, D.C.
The effects of forest composition on occupancy and nest success in ground-nesting warblersSeptember, 24 2016Maryland Ornithological Society Tri-County Bird Club meeting,
- Grants and Sponsored Research