Jackie Guzy
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Office: FER 218
email: jcguzy@email.uark.edu



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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program

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Jackie Guzy

I am an ecologist and much of my research to date has focused on conservation of reptiles and amphibians in urban or disturbed areas. One of my main interests centers around how biological and environmental conditions influence species population dynamics such as occupancy, survivorship, recruitment, and emigration, and how these factors may influence species distributions. I have conducted studies on a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians in many altered ecosystems, including ephemeral wetlands affected by groundwater withdrawal, reclaimed uplands and wetlands post phosphate-mining, riverine systems altered by damming, and various suburban pond types.


I received my B.S. in biology and marine science from the University of Tampa in 2005 where I studied the influence of groundwater pumping on native anurans with my advisor, Dr. Todd Campbell. I then obtained my M.S. in conservation biology under Dr. Henry Mushinsky and Dr. Earl McCoy at the University of South Florida in 2010. My thesis work involved monitoring anuran species in small, ephemeral wetlands to identify characteristics leading to greatest species diversity and to establish recommendations for optimal wetland preservation, creation, or reclamation following disturbance. I was also fortunate to be able to conduct research examining how urbanization can interfere with the utility of anurans as ecological indicators of wetland integrity. During this time I also worked as an environmental consultant in Florida examining success of relocation efforts of listed and/or threatened species after restoration of phosphate-mined lands.

In 2011 I began working as the research coordinator for the Davidson College Herpetology Lab where I worked closely with student researchers focused on amphibian and reptile ecology in urban environments. My research there, with Dr. Michael Dorcas and Dr. Steven Price, included an examination of the utility of golf course ponds as semi-aquatic turtle habitat in urban environments, and a study on the influence of damming on reptile and amphibian occupancy and species richness along the Broad River in South Carolina.

During the Fall of 2013 I joined the Willson Lab as a PhD student. My dissertation research will, in part, use occupancy modeling to assess responses of stream-associated salamanders to forestry management practices in the Ouachita Mountains Ecoregion.

I enjoy a range of outdoor activities, including kayaking, hiking, traveling, SCUBA diving, and observing and photographing wildlife.


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