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Join OSU Extension to learn about the life and habitats of Ohio's reptiles and amphibians.
Reptiles and Amphibians of East-Northeast Ohio
Speakers: David A. Dimitrie and Teal Richards-Dimitrie
Ohio has a deep herpetological history – formally going back as far as 1938 with Jared Kirtland’s compilation of Ohio’s reptiles. Join us on a natural history journey through the reptiles and amphibians of Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana Counties. We will share life history and habitat information as well as ways to help conserve these incredible non-game creatures.
The work of Mr. Dimitrie and Ms. Richards-Dimitrie has centered on conservation ecology over the past ten years, with specialized work in herpetology, population biology, and conservation education.
Mr. Dimitrie is a doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University focused on amphibian ecology in relation to local and global change. He has extensive research experience focused predominantly on amphibians, including work in Michigan, California, Utah, Illinois, and now Ohio. His research aims to understand how both natural and anthropogenic environmental change impact amphibian ecology. Specifically, much of his research examines the role of stressors—including land-use practices, climate change, and contaminants—in shaping amphibian population biology and community ecology. Mr. Dimitrie received his B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University in 2005 and his M.S. in Zoology from Southern Illinois University in 2010. His thesis research examined the effects of pesticides on California amphibians.
Ms. Richards-Dimitrie works for EnviroScience Inc. as a Herpetologist. As a herpetologist, she has worked in many of the regions of the United States (Arizona, New Mexico, Illinois, Maryland, Florida, Massachusetts, California, and now Ohio). Richards-Dimitrie has broad reptile and amphibian field survey practice including visual encounter surveys, capture-mark-recapture techniques, radio telemetry, habitat identification and measurement, acoustic monitoring surveys, phlebotomy, and environmental-DNA collection. Richards-Dimitrie received her B.S. in Biology from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ in 2006 and M.S. in Biology from Towson University, Towson, MD in 2011. Her thesis research focused on the conservation and management of a Maryland state endangered turtle species, the Northern Map Turtle.