WHO'S IN THE LAB?
Bree Putman, PhD
I am an assistant professor in the Biology Department at California State University, San Bernardino. I received my Ph.D. in Ecology from the Joint-Doctoral Program at UC Davis and San Diego State University. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Spanish from Cal Poly State University San Luis Obipso. I am fascinated by the natural world and have devoted my life toward understanding animals and conserving their habitats. I am also a strong supporter of scientific education for all people, regardless of background.
I have been in the BREE lab for over a year as a grad student, and it has been a wonderful experience. During my undergrad, I worked on a project that used community science to study Southern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus helleri) hunting behavior. For my graduate work I have been studying how urbanization affects Western Fence Lizard's (Sceloporus occidentalis) health, stress, and response to competitors. So far we have found that urbanization may have different effects depending on site, and that urbanization affects ectoparasite presence. I recently advanced to candidacy and am looking forward to defending my thesis. Very excited to see what else we find!
Interests include studying how environmental variables influence organismal behavior, physiology, and evolution. Previous and current experience includes working with federal agencies to collect data on herpetofauna of Southern California to better inform conservation management decisions. For my Master’s thesis, I will be studying the behavioral response of lizards to wildfire cues as well as the selection pressures populations may face from such disturbances.
Hi! I joined the BREE Lab in 2019 as an undergrad and it has changed my academic endeavors for the better. As an undergrad, I was given the opportunity to look at microclimate fluctuations across a gradient of urbanization and their implication on animals. Fast forward to now, I am a graduate student in the lab and am interested in fire ecology. For my project, I am looking at predation risk in burned vs unburned areas in Southern California. I’m looking forward to seeing what we find!
This will be my first year in the BREE Lab. As an undergraduate, I worked with invertebrates and looked at the effects of organic substances, called chalcones, on parasitic nematodes. My thesis project still has to be determined but it will involve observations of Sceloporus lizards in urban vs. natural environments. I am excited to start my graduate program and learn new things about ecology with the BREE Lab members.
Seeking undergraduates to join the lab! Please email Dr. Putman if you are interested in gaining research experience in organismal biology