EDUCATION

M.Sc. (in progress) - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign       2015-2018

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

Thesis: Habitat and Landscape Factors Affecting Amphibian Populations in an Agricultural Landscape

B.S. Magnu cum laude - Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA          2011-2015

Major in Biology, with a concentration in Ecology

Thesis: Testing Rapid-Assessment Models for the Conservation of Woodland Vernal Pools in South-central Pennsylvania

Publications

  • Swartz, TM and JR MIller. Trapping Amphibians and Their Predators: Tradeoffs in Trap Design and Performance. Herpetological Review. In Review.
  • Nelson, SB, JJ Coon, CJ Duchardt, JD Fischer, SJ Halsey, AJ Kranz, CM Parker, SC Schneider, TM Swartz, and JR Miller. Patterns and mechanisms of invasive plant impacts on North American birds: a systematic review. Biological Invasions. In press.
  • Swartz, TM and JR Miller. 2016. Geographic distribution: Pseudacris crucifer. Herpetological Review. 47(4): 624.
  • Swartz, TM and JR Miller. 2016. Geographic distribution: Thamnophis radix. Herpetological Review. 47(4): 632.
  • Swartz, TM, E Stuart, DK Foster, and ED Lindquist. 2016. Testing Rapid-Assessment Models for the Conservation of Woodland Vernal Pools in South-central Pennsylvania. Northeastern Naturalist 23(3):339-351.

Publications

  • Swartz, TM and JR Miller. 10 February 2017. Amphibian Communities of Human-constructed Ponds. 19th Annual Symposium of the Graduates in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois.

  • Swartz, TM and E Stuart. 10 May 2015. Testing Rapid Assessment Tools for the Conservation of Vernal Pools in South-central Pennsylvania. Poster and oral presentation at the Spring Research Symposium at Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA.

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Diversity Grant ($2100)                                       2017
  • NRES Educational Opportunity Grant ($400)                                                                                   2016
  • Prairie Biotic Research Small Grants Program ($1000)                                                                    2016
  • Jonathan Baldwin Turner Graduate Fellowship (University of Illinois)                                            2015 – 2017
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges                                                2015
  • Steinbrecher Undergraduate Research Grant ($3800)                                                                   2014
  • Rotary International Student-of-the-Month                                                                                       January 2013
  • Messiah College President’s Scholarship and participant in College Honors Program                2011 – 2015

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Field Technician (July 2015) Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Ecological Program Specialist Intern [Feb - June 2015]

    • Bureau of Forestry, Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources]

  • Animal Care Assistant [August 2012 - Feb 2015]

    • Department of Biology, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA