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Clara A. Wheeler

1700 Bayview Drive
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: 530-739-9190
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Current Research

I am currently an Ecologist at PSW-Arcata (formerly known as Redwood Sciences Laboratory). I received a bachelor's degree in Biology from The University of Montana and a master's degree in Wildlife Biology from Humboldt State University. My thesis research 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 collected data regarding other aspects of the reproductive ecology and behavior of this species. Here at PSW, 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.

Research Interests

My general research interest is in the ecology of amphibians and reptiles, with a particular interest in behavioral ecology. I have worked on projects examining the reproductive ecology of the Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog (Rana boylii), the movement ecology of the Oregon Garter Snake (Thamnophis atratus), and the diet habits and reproductive biology of the Del Norte Salamander (Plethodon elongatus).


  • Humboldt State University, Master of Science Natural Resources - Wildlife Biology, 2007
  • The University of Montana, Bachelor of Arts Environmental Biology and Zoological Sciences, 1998

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