Rebecca Reeves

Former Graduate Student
Photograph of Rebecca Reeves


My interest in herpetology began while I was an intern for the frog exhibit at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. I studied abroad in Australia the next semester and had a chance to undertake a directed research study about the substrate preferences of two species of turtles. Once I got back to the U.S. I found an internship radio tracking mud turtles and mucking about in the marsh. Since then I have worked a bit in environmental education and as an outdoor guide, but I have found that I really enjoy the challenges of research.




Amphibian stress, survivial, and habitat quality in restored agricultural wetlands in central Iowa


Amphibian assemblages and population health in natural and restored wetlands in the Des Moines Lobe in Iowa
M.S. Project, January 2012 - August 2014

Aquatic movement and Home-Range Size of an Eastern Mud Turtle, Kinosternon subrubrum, population in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States
Internship, May 2009 - August 2009

Substrate preferences among the freshwater turtles Elseya stirlingi and Wollumbinia latisternum of the Johnstone river
Directed Research Project, September 2008 - December 2008

The effect of road salt on competition among Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) tadpoles
Research Experience for Undergraduates, June 2007 - August 2007

Iowa State University Student Projects

Altrichter, Emily A.; Moorhouse, Amy L.; Reeves, Rebecca A.; and Towery, Brenna N., "A Prairie Pickle: Burn, Graze or Mow?" (2013). Natural Resource Ecology and Management Student Projects. Book 1.

Area of Expertise: 
B.S., Environmental Sciences, Minor Biology, University of Maryland, 2010
M.S., Wildlife Ecology, Iowa State University, 2014