Mentoring

The research experiences and people I worked with during my undergraduate largely contributed to my interests and career path today. I believe that having the opportunity to work on research projects as an undergraduate is paramount in developing the skills needed for entering graduate school and acquiring jobs. Accordingly, I have made a strong effort to involve undergraduate students in my research and have had the opportunity to work with a number of very talented and hardworking young women and men. Students work with me in the field collecting data and in the lab preparing specimens. Additionally, a number of students have helped develop projects and were involved with data collection, analysis, and writing up results. They also presented findings at local symposia and meetings and several students have published with me in peer reviewed journals.

Students

tylerTyler Remick (2013 to present) worked as a field technician in Bartlett Experimental Forest, New Hampshire during the summer of 2013 live trapping small mammals as part of ongoing research investigating community interactions. He has worked in Dr. Rowe’s lab since 2013 preparing museum voucher specimens. He is currently working on an independent research project investigating mycophagy of rodents in New Hampshire.

andrewAndrew Uccello (2012 to present) worked as a field technician in Bartlett Experimental Forest, New Hampshire during the summer of 2013 live trapping small mammals as part of ongoing research investigating community interactions. He has worked in Dr. Rowe’s lab since 2012 preparing museum voucher specimens. He is currently working on developing an independent research project relating insect abundance and diversity to shrew abundance.

krishunKrishun Karau (2011 – 2012) worked as a field technician in the summer of 2011, helping live trap small mammals as part of a survey of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources lands within the Driftless Area and the Mead and McMillan Wildlife Areas. She also worked on an independent study assessing variation of standard museum measurements, presenting her results at two undergraduate symposia at UWSP.

sarahSara Wendt (2010 – 2012) worked as a field technician in the summer of 2010, helping live trap small mammals throughout central and northern Wisconsin. Additionally, she worked as an assistant curator of mammals in the UWSP Museum of Natural History from 2010 to 2012, where she prepared voucher specimens, cataloged museum specimens, and prepared loans. Sara worked on a number of research projects including trap mortality, identification of Peromyscus spp., and variation of standard museum measurements by body state. She has presented results from her research at a number of symposia and meetings.

Presentations

  • Burke, C. B., R. B. Stephens, N. Woodman, and R. J. Rowe. 2016. Skeletal injuries in small mammals: a multi species assessment of injury type and prevalence. 96th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Minneapolis, MN. (Poster)
  • Burke, C. B., R. B. Stephens, N. Woodman, and R. J. Rowe. 2016. Skeletal injuries in small mammals: a multi species assessment of injury type and prevalence. University of New Hampshire Undergraduate Research Conference, Durham, NH. (Poster)
  • Poland, L. B., R. B. Stephens, and R. J. Rowe. 2016. Missing digits in shrews: insights into a secret live. University of New Hampshire Undergraduate Research Conference, Durham, NH. (Poster)
  • Graves, R., R. B. Stephens, and R. J. Rowe. 2015. Effects of age, density, and seasonality on molt pattern in the mammal genus Peromyscus. University of New Hampshire Undergraduate Research Conference, Durham, NH. (Oral)
  • Nowick, J., R. B. Stephens, R. J. Rowe, and E. Hobbie. 2015. Do diets of woodland jumping mice and southern red-backed voles differ across forest types? University of New Hampshire Undergraduate Research Conference, Durham, NH. (Poster)
  • Remick, T. J., R. B. Stephens, and R. J. Rowe. 2015. Truffle Abundance and Mycophagy by Small Mammals in Northern New England Forests. University of New Hampshire Undergraduate Research Conference, Durham, NH. (Poster)
  • Uccello, A. J., R. B. Stephens, and R. J. Rowe. Variation in truffle consumption by Myodes gapperi between managed and unmanaged forests in northern New Hampshire. 2015. University of New Hampshire Undergraduate Research Conference, Durham, NH. (Poster)
  • Karau, K. H., R. B. Stephens, C. J. Yahnke, and S. R. Wendt. 2012. Effects of researcher experience and animal disposition on measurement variation in Mus musculus. UWSP College of Letters and Science Undergraduate Research Symposium, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. (Oral)
  • Karau, K. H., R. B. Stephens, C. J. Yahnke, and S. R. Wendt. 2012. Effects of researcher experience and animal disposition on measurement variation in Mus musculus. UWSP College of Natural Resources Undergraduate Research Symposium, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. (Oral)
  • Karau, K. H., M. Shirley, and R. B. Stephens. 2012. Re-evaluation of the arctic shrew (Sorex arcticus) and water shrew (Sorex palustris) distribution in Wisconsin. UWSP College of Natural Resources Undergraduate Research Symposium, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. (Poster)
  • Wendt, S. R., R. B. Stephens, and E. M. Anderson. 2012. Distinguishing Peromyscus leucopus noveboracensis and P. maniculatus gracilis using external field measurements in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Wausau, Wisconsin. (Oral)
  • Wendt, S. R., R. B. Stephens, and E. M. Anderson. 2012. Distinguishing Peromyscus leucopus noveboracensis and P. maniculatus gracilis using external field measurements in Wisconsin. UWSP College of Natural Resources Undergraduate Research Symposium, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. (Oral)
  • Wendt, S. R., R. B. Stephens, E. M. Anderson, and J. K. Meece. 2012. Distinguishing Peromyscus leucopus noveboracensis and P. maniculatus gracilis using external field measurements in Wisconsin. Posters at the Rotunda, Madison, Wisconsin. (Poster)
  • Wendt, S. R., R. B. Stephens, and E. M. Anderson. 2011. Effectiveness of pitfall and Sherman live traps for capturing small mammal species. UWSP College of Natural Resources Undergraduate Research Symposium, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. (Oral)**high honors

Publications

  • Stephens, R. B., K.  H. Karau, C.  J. Yahnke, S. R. Wendt, and R. J. Rowe. 2015. Dead mice can grow – variation of standard external mammal measurements from live and three postmortem body states. Journal of Mammalogy 96:185-193.
  • Stephens R. B., E. M. Anderson, S. R. Wendt, and J. K. Meece. 2014. Field identification of Peromyscus leucopus noveboracensis and P. maniculatus gracilis in Wisconsin from external measurements. The American Midland Naturalist 171:139-146.
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