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About Timothy Swartz

I grew up in Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains where I spent my summers and time after school wading in the creek near our house catching tadpoles, fish., and crayfish. Ever since then, I've been fascinated with plants, animals, and ecosystems. As an ecologist, my research focuses on understanding how patterns of biodiversity are linked to the distribution and quality of habitat. I’m particularly interested in studying the ecology of organisms in human-altered environments like agricultural and urban landscapes.

I completed my BS in Biology at Messiah College where I worked with Dr. Erik Lindquist studying the conservation of amphibian communities in vernal pools. In 2018, I earned a MS in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My MS research in Dr. Jim Miller’s Ecology and Conservation Biology Lab focused on the amphibian communities of human-constructed farm ponds in southern Iowa. Currently, I’m a PhD student with Dr. Jocelyn Behm in the Integrative Ecology Lab at Temple University.

In my free time I enjoy birding, hiking, camping, foraging for mushrooms, and spending time with my wife, Lynda, and our two cats and two turtles.