This past weekend, Christopher Bates traveled with Dr. Eran Kilpatrick to Santa Barbara, California to attend and present at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). During the meeting, Bates presented the results of a class research project conducted by the students in Dr. Kilpatrick’s Biology 102 class. Each student was responsible for compiling and calculating amphibian and landscape variables from the South Carolina component of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program database.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything more from Chris.  He represented USC Salkehatchie at the highest level in all regards. He did an incredible job with his presentation, was focused throughout the two day working session (this was literally a working meeting!), and was always professional,” Kilpatrick said.  ” It was amazing how well Chris communicated with all of the other students – he was right in the mix with them all from the beginning.”

Their efforts were part of a larger project titled, “Toads, Roads, and Nodes – A Coordinated Undergraduate Research Project”, an NSF funded study directed by Dr. David Marsh, a biology professor at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.

Bates was one of 15 undergraduates representing 11 colleges or universities from each region of the U.S.

Chris Bates presenting results from the South Carolina analysis.

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