Dr. Holly Kindsvater

Principal Investigator

Dr. Kindsvater has an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. from Yale University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In 2019, after several years doing research, she joined the faculty in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. Outside of work she spends as much time as possible enjoying the natural beauty of Virginia with her family.

Graduate Students

  • Hailey Conrad

    Hailey Conrad

    M.S. Student

    Hailey competed her undergraduate degrees in Marine Sciences and Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University in 2020. At VT, she is studying summer flounder demography and reproduction.

  • Charlie Holguin

    Charlie Holguin

    M.S. student

    Charlie completed his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Education and Youth Studies at Beloit College in 2020. He began research on amphibians as an REU at VT in 2019.

  • Kaitlyn Theberge

    Kaitlyn Theberge

    M.S. Student

    Kaitlyn completed her undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science and French at Bowdoin College in 2016. Before joining the lab, she gained experience working on small-scale fisheries, the aquaculture industry, and public education.

Postdocs and Collaborators

  • Nathan Pacoureau

    Nathan Pacoureau

    Nathan finished his Ph.D. in 2018 at the Chizé Centre for Biological Studies, a national lab in France, and completed a postdoc at SFU in Vancouver, BC. He is now working on demographic models of elasmobranch populations.

  • George Brooks

    George Brooks

    George finished his Ph.D. in Fish and Wildlife Conservation at VT in 2020. After a year in the Kindsvater lab working on the ecological factors associated with viviparity in fishes, reptiles, and amphibians, he joined the Hopkins lab at VT. We are continuing to collaborate on demographic models of eastern hellbender salamanders.

Undergraduates

  • Madeline Burgess

    Madeline Burgess

    B.S. in Marine Fisheries Conservation '22

    Madeline has researched microplastics in croaker, and now is working with Hailey Conrad on flounder sex ratios along the east coast.

  • Catherine Carrion

    Catherine Carrion

    B.S. in Marine Fisheries Conservation '24

    Catherine is working with Hailey Conrad on summer flounder and other fishy projects.

  • Julia Coan

    Julia Coan

    B.S. in Biology and Wildlife Conservation '23

    Julia is working with Charlie Holguin on aquatic and terrestrial salamanders in the lab.

  • Kalin Davis

    Kalin Davis

    B.S. in Wildlife Conservation & Freshwater Fish Conservation '23

    Kalin's research focuses on predation of Four-toed Salamanders. She has worked as a research technician for Dr. Kindsvater conducting biodiversity surveys on private timberland. Kalin has been a member of the lab since 2020.

  • Corinne Duffy

    Corinne Duffy

    B.S. in Wildlife Conservation '23

    Corinne is interested in herpetology and loves working in the field with salamanders and turtles. She helps keep our salamander colony healthy.

  • Nathan Ferguson

    Nathan Ferguson

    B.S. in Wildlife & Freshwater Fish Conservation (Human Dimensions option) '23

    Nathan's focus is on invasive species and their impacts on native fauna. He is currently working with Dr. Kindsvater on a local stream fish occupancy survey and also looking at the impacts of an introduced darter on native darter species in the New River watershed.

  • Miriam Hilt

    Miriam Hilt

    B.S. in Wildlife Conservation '24

    Miriam is working with Charlie Holguin studying growth in Appalachian salamanders.

  • Joseph Nichols

    Joseph Nichols

    B.S. in Freshwater Fisheries Conservation '23

    Joe is helping Charlie Holguin to study salamander growth and Hailey Conrad with her summer flounder project.

Lab alumni

  • Samuel van Noy

    Samuel van Noy

    Lab Technician

    Sam completed his undergrad at Virginia Tech with a degree in Wildlife Conservation in 2021. He assisted in studying Plethodontid salamander growth rates.

  • Cat Horswill

    Cat Horswill

    Postdoc (Rutgers)

    Cat is now a researcher at the Zoological Society of London and University College London. During her postdoc, Cat worked on imputing life history traits of data-poor tunas and sharks in collaboration with Jason Matthiopoulos at the University of Glasgow.

  • Chris Mull

    Chris Mull

    Postdoc (Rutgers)

    Chris is now a researcher at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During his postdoc, Chris led the assembly and publication of the shark trait database (www.Sharkipedia.org).

  • Kiva Oken

    Kiva Oken

    Postdoc (Rutgers)

    Kiva worked on a project estimating differential mortality of females, males, and terminal sex-changing males using Black Sea Bass tagging data, in collaboration with Olaf Jensen at Rutgers. She is now a fisheries scientist at the NWFSC in Seattle.

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    Eleanor Roosevelt

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  • Anyone can be successful working 80 hours a week. Real talent is being successful in 40!

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  • It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.

    Rachel Carson

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