Students who design and execute their own experiments gain
functional insight into scientific processes and biological phenomena
that is often difficult or impossible to gain in the classroom. And
it's really FUN! Below are some successful student researchers with
whom I have collaborated, their project titles, and their publications.
currently involved in
faculty-mentored research in my lab:
Field Biology & Conservation Lab Alumni:
Stefaney Baker, Caitlin Ishmael, Allyson Morris, Michael Redman, Jasmine
Jones, Braden Barnett
Former Field Biology & Conservation Lab
Ben Enslow, Tayler Hobberlin,
Laryssa Dandeneau, Adam Hulisz, Jocelynn Machis, Natasha Pepin, Michael
Stewart, Jana DeJesus, Lizeth DeLaTorre, Jenny Navarrete, Helena Steen,
Kiani Cosper, Derek Draper, Soledad Diaz, Evan Klaff, Kelsi Schneider,
Courtney Van Ness, Shelby Spenrath, TJ Forster
Some action shots in the field:
Beth Fawcett, Ben Enslow, and Tayler Hobberlin build cattle tank
If you're a student interested in getting involved with research or
conducting your own project, please contact me! Some of my
interests are listed here, but I'm also open to other ideas.
-Species and Ecosystem Conservation
-Population and Community Ecology
-Water Rights & Use Issues
-Environmental Education like the
Schreiner Youth Ecologist Program
signature outreach program for 5th-8th graders!
Schreiner students pursuing environmental careers should check out the
(Miami University) –2009– Project
title: “Effects of competitors and an
insecticide on two tadpole species: can exposure concentration affect
Bulen, B.J., and C.A. Distel.
Carbaryl concentration gradients in realistic environments and their
influence on our understanding of the tadpole food web.
Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
(Miami University) –2008–
Project title: “Interactions between aquatic
and terrestrial exposure to the insecticide carbaryl on American toads”
Webber, N.R., M.D. Boone, and C.A. Distel. 2010.
Interactions between aquatic and terrestrial
exposure to the insecticide carbaryl on American toads.
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
(Eastern Kentucky University)
–2003– Project title: “Trap selection of
male red-eared sliders”
Through my graduate training in Kentucky and Ohio, as well as volunteer
work for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, I have been fortunate
enough to observe and research numerous species in the field. A
few examples are freshwater turtles, frogs & toads, salamanders,
songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, a variety of mammals, snakes, and
federally-endangered Running Buffalo Clover. I also have medical
research experience from the Cleveland Clinic, where we studied novel
cancer immunotherapies using mice as model patients.
Distel, C.A., and M.D. Boone.
2011. Insecticide has
asymmetric effects on two tadpole species despite priority effects.
Distel, C.A., and M.D. Boone. 2011. Pesticide has
asymmetric effects on two tadpole species across density gradient.
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Schussler, E., F.E. Rowland, C.A. Distel, J.M. Bauman, M.L. Keppler, Y.
Kawarasaki, M.R. McCarthy, A.M. Glover, and H.S. Salem. 2011.
Promoting the development of graduate student teaching philosophy
statements. Journal of College Science Teaching 40(3): 32-35.
Distel, C.A., and M.D. Boone. 2010. Effects of aquatic exposure to the
insecticide carbaryl are species-specific across life stages and
mediated by heterospecific competitors in anurans.
Distel, C.A., and M.D. Boone. 2009. Effects of aquatic exposure to the
insecticide carbaryl and density on aquatic and terrestrial growth and
survival in American toads. Environmental Toxicology
Cohen, P.A., G.K. Koski, B.J. Czerniecki, K.D. Bunting, X.-Y. Fu, Z.
Wang, W.-J. Zhang, C.S. Carter, M. Awad, C.A. Distel, H. Nagem, C.C.
Paustian, T.D. Johnson, J.F. Tisdale, and S. Shu. 2008. STAT3- and
STAT5-dependent pathways competitively regulate the pandifferentiation
of CD34(pos) cells into tumor-competent dendritic cells.
Distel, C.A. 2005.
Chelydra serpentina serpentina (Common
snapping turtle): Flatulence. Herpetological Review 36:310.
Distel, C.A. 2004. Swimming in the black-crowned night-heron. The
American Society of Ichthyologists and
– Gaige Award (2009) “Effects of an insecticide on
competition in anurans: a mechanism of amphibian population declines?”
Amphibian Specialist Group (IUCN
) – Seed
Grant (2008-2009) “Effects of sublethal insecticide exposure on
competition in pond-breeding anurans: do contaminants lead to
competitive exclusion?”The Kentucky Society of Natural History
(2003-2004) “Ecology of lentic turtle communities in Madison County,