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Sarah Jacobson

Advisor: Tracy Rittenhouse

My research interests are in wildlife ecology, health, and conservation. During my time at UConn, I have assisted in research projects studying bats, mule deer, and amphibians. I also had an opportunity to study abroad in South Africa last summer. In my pastime, I love birdwatching and wildlife photography.

My undergraduate honors thesis addresses the impacts of road salts and ranavirus on larval wood frog growth and survival. Using outdoor mesocosms, I raised wood frogs in different salt treatments and exposed them to the FV3 strain of ranavirus, with the hypothesis that individuals raised in high salt treatments would have lower survival, metamorph earlier, and have a higher mass than those in the lower salt treatments. This project emphasizes the complex relationship between environmental contaminants and disease and serves as a precursor to Dr. Rittenhouse’s NSF project. After graduation, I hope to expand my research and field skills before pursuing graduate studies.


Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087