Hessel’s Salamander Research Published

Biology alumnus Anthony Hessel (’12), Assistant Professor of Biology Lisa Whitenack¬†and collaborator Bill Ryerson (St. Anslem College) have published the second part of Hessel’s¬†undergraduate research on how salamanders jump in the journal Herpetologica. Plethodontid salamanders will drop their tails as a defense mechanism when threatened by a predator. They also jump as a means of escaping predators. Hessel, Ryerson, and Whitenack found that the salamanders can compensate for losing their tails and the shift in their center of mass, and still do a good job jumping.