Vincent R. Farallo

Ohio University

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

107 Irvine Hall

Athens, OH, 45701

vfarallo (at) gmail.com

I am currently a 6th year Ph.D. candidate at Ohio University in Athens, OH. I received my B.Sc. from John Carroll University in 2006 and M.Sc. from the population and conservation biology program at Texas State University-San Marcos in 2009. During my stay at Texas State I was mentored by Michael R.J. Forstner while I completed my master's thesis project on the role of predation in the evolution of color polymorphism in the mottled rock rattlesnake (Crotalus l. lepidus).

Presently, I am in the laboratory of Donald B. Miles studying the evolutionary ecology of Plethodontid salamanders. My dissertation focuses on the role of micro-habitat in the evolutionary ecology of these salamanders. Specifically, I have been addressing several questions that center around the role of microhabitat. For example, how are micro-habitat variables affected by aspects of the macro-habitat and then using these data to determine how alterations to the environment such as global climate change will effect Plethodontid salamanders. My research has been conducted throughout the Appalachian Mountain region including the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Pisgah National Forest, Blue Ridge Parkway National Park, Monongahela National Forest, and Wayne National Forest.