Copyright 2013 Richard P. Shefferson.  All rights reserved.
R. Wes Flynn

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

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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.
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:
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. 31:1587-94.