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Dr. John Roe and Undergrads' Paper Highlights Habitat Selection in Box Turtles

Dr. John Roe (left) and Zachary Lunn during a 2015 RISE poster session
Dr. John Roe (left) and Zachary Lunn present their box turtle research during a 2015 RISE poster session

Dr. John Roe's latest paper highlights habitat preference within and between populations of box turtles.  The paper, which was published in December 2018 in the journal Herpetological Conservation and Biology, is co-authored by two UNCP Biology alumni (Kristoffer Wild and Zachary Lunn).  Their paper summarizes habitat selection, based on radiotelemetry, of box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) in fire-managed ecosystems in the sandhills and in unburned forests in the upper coastal plain of south-central North Carolina.  This is the third paper in a series of papers about box turtles that Roe has published with UNCP undergraduate researchers.

Kristoffer Wild is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Canberra, Australia, and Zachary Lunn recently graduated from NC State University with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is currently a ranger at the Lumber River State Park.  Dr. Roe is a herpetologist and an Associate Professor in the UNCP Department of Biology, where he teaches undergraduate courses in Field Zoology and General Zoology, while mentoring students in field and laboratory research. 

See below for links to all three papers.