One of the primary goals of my research program is to carry out projects that answer fundamental questions in ecology to serve as a foundation for conservation, management, and restoration of natural resources and natural areas. Broadly defined, I am a landscape ecologist and conservation biologist. My research is a blend of field observation, manipulative experimentation, molecular lab work, and quantitative modeling. With these tools, I answer questions at multiple spatial and temporal scales in an attempt to elucidate the mechanisms and processes underlying observed patterns. A clear understanding of fine-scale mechanisms allows for broad-scale management and conservation. Of specific interest to me are the effects of global climate change, habitat alteration/degradation, and urbanization on biodiversity, as well as the abundance, performance, and movement/connectivity of animal populations across the landscape. Some of the recurring questions in my research are:
1) What environmental factors affect the distribution and abundance of species on the landscape?
2) How are populations connected in space and time, and how does land use or habitat alteration affect dispersal?
3) What management strategies can be implemented to ensure long-term population viability?
Please visit my lab webpage for more details: PetermanResearch.weebly.com
Prospective Graduate Students
My lab is new and growing, so I am looking for talented graduate students who are motivated and interested in applied ecological research questions. To date, my research has predominantly revolved around amphibians and reptiles, but this is not a requirement to inquiring about opportunities in my lab. Please send me an email with (1) your research experience and interests; (2) a current CV; (3) a list of references; and (4) your GPA and GRE scores (if available).
Reprints and a full list of publications are available through: PetermanResearch.weebly.com/publications.html
Peterman, W.E., T.L. Anderson, B.H. Ousterhout, D.L. Drake, R.D. Semlitsch, and L.S. Eggert. 2015. Differential dispersal shapes population structure and patterns of genetic differentiation in two sympatric pond breeding salamanders. Conservation Genetics 16:59–69.
Peterman, W.E. and R.D. Semlitsch. 2014. Spatial variation in water loss predicts terrestrial salamander distribution and population dynamics. Oecologia 176:357–369.
Peterman, W.E., T.L. Anderson, D.L. Drake, B.H. Ousterhout, and R.D. Semlitsch. 2014. Maximizing pond biodiversity across the landscape: a case study of larval ambystomatid salamanders. Animal Conservation 17:275–285.
Peterman, W.E., G.M. Connette, R.D. Semlitsch, and L.S. Eggert. 2014. Ecological resistance surfaces predict fine scale genetic differentiation in a terrestrial woodland salamander. Molecular Ecology 23:2402–2413.
Peterman, W.E., T.A.G Ritenhouse, J.E. Earl, and R.D. Semlitsch. 2013. Demographic network and multi-season occupancy modeling of Rana sylvatica reveal spatial and temporal patterns of population connectivity and persistence. Landscape Ecology 28:1601–1613.
Peterman, W.E. and R.D. Semlitsch. 2013. Fine-scale habitat associations of a terrestrial salamander: The role of environmental gradients and implications for population dynamics. PLoS ONE 8: e62184.
Peterman, W.E., S.M. Feist, R.D. Semlitsch, and L.S. Eggert. 2013. Conservation and management of peripheral populations: Spatial and temporal influences on the genetic structure of wood frog (Rana sylvatica) populations. Biological Conservation 158:351–358. PDF
ENR 5370 Management of Wildlife Habitat (Spring 2016)