Magellan Scholar Concludes Grant-funded Research

Rebecca Scheffler, former USC Salkehatchie student and the first-ever USC Salkehatchie Magellan Scholar, presented the results from her reptileand amphibian study at two different conferences in April. She presented at the 2010 South Carolina Academy of Science Annual Meeting at the College of Charleston and at USC’s Discovery Day in Columbia. Scheffler inventoried reptiles and amphibians across six major habitat types at Red Bluff Lodge, a 6,000-acre tract of land in Allendale County. Her study found that upland cypress ponds provided essential breeding habitat for a variety of salamander and frog species that have specific ecological requirements. She also detected differences in amphibian capture rates across upland and lowlandwetland habitats. Scheffler is now a biology major at USC Aiken.