University of Montana, Missoula, MT, B.A., 1998, Biological Sciences
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, M.S., in progress, Natural Resources - Wildlife
My general research interest is in the ecology of amphibians and reptiles, with a particular interest in behavioral ecology.
I am currently finalizing my Master's thesis research at Humboldt State University. My thesis research is focused on the temporal breeding patterns and mating strategy of the foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii), a California State Species of Special Concern. Concurrent with this research, I have collected data regarding other aspects of the reproductive ecology and post-breeding movement patterns of this species.
I am a student employee (SCEP) with the Timber Management/Wildlife Habitat Interactions Unit (RWU-4251) at Redwood Sciences Laboratory. Here, I have had the opportunity to contribute to various amphibian and reptile projects. I have been involved in all aspects of research including data collection, data analysis and manuscript preparation.
Until recently, in addition to my research duties, I was an active member on the PSW Station Civil Rights Committee.
Wheeler, C. A., N. E. Karraker, H. H. Welsh, Jr., and L. M. Ollivier. In revision. Diet of the Del Norte salamander (Plethodon elongatus): differences by age, gender, and season. Submitted to Northwestern Naturalist.
Garwood, J. M., C. A. Wheeler., R. M. Bourque, M. D. Larson, and H. H. Welsh, Jr. In press. Egg mass drift increases vulnerability during early development of Cascades frogs (Rana cascadae). Northwestern Naturalist.
J. M. Garwood and C. A. Wheeler. In press. Rana cascadae (Cascades Frog). Predation. Herpetological Review.
Wheeler, C. A., H. H. Welsh, Jr., and T. Roelofs. 2006. Oviposition site selection, movement, and spatial ecology of the foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii). A report to California Department of Fish and Game.
Wheeler, C. A., J. M. Garwood, and H. H. Welsh, Jr. 2005. Rana boylii (foothill yellow-legged frog). Physiological skin color transformation. Herpetological Review 36: 164-165.
Wheeler, C. A., H. H. Welsh, Jr., and L. L. Heise. 2003. Rana boylii (foothill yellow-legged frog). Oviposition Behavior. Herpetological Review 34: 234.