EDUCATION

M.S. (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. Accepted. Trapping amphibians and their predators: tradeoffs in trap design and performance. Herpetological Review
  • 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. 2018. Patterns and mechanisms of invasive plant impacts on North American birds: a systematic review. Biological Invasions. 19(5): 1547-1563.
  • 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.

Presentations

  • Swartz, TM and JR Miller. 10 April 2018. Crowdfunding Your Wetland Research: Challenges, Limitations, and Rewards. Society of Wetland Scientists 2018 Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.
  • Swartz, TM JR Mattes*, JR Miller. 10 April 2018. Integrating Historical, Ecological, and Social Data to Understand Patterns of Amphibian Occupancy and Habitat Availability in an Agroecosystem. US-International Association of Landscape Ecologists Annual Meeting 2018, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Swartz, TM and JR Miller. 19 June 2017. Farm Ponds Provide Habitat for Diverse Amphibian Communities. Ten Years of Research in the Grand River Grasslands: Key Findings and New Directions, Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa.
  • Swartz, TM and JR Miller. 11 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. 1 May 2015. Testing Rapid Assessment Tools for the Conservation of Vernal Pools in South-central Pennsylvania. Poster and oral presentation at the 12th Annual School of Science, Engineering, and Health Symposium, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
  • Swartz, TM and E Stuart. November 2014. Testing Rapid Assessment Tools for the Conservation of Vernal Pools in South-central Pennsylvania: preliminary results. Fall Research Symposium of the School of Science, Engineering, and Health, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Garden Club of Downers Grove Graduate Scholarship (2017)
  • Jonathan Baldwin Turner Graduate Fellowship, University of Illinois (2015 – 2017)
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges (2015)
  • Rotary International Student-of-the-Month, (January 2013)
  • Messiah College President’s Scholarship and participant in College Honors Program (2011 – 2015)

Research Support

  • Swartz, TM. 2017. A Bird's-eye View of Frog Habitats: Using a Drone to Survey Wetlands. Crowd-funding project through Experiment.com, $635
  • Swartz, TM and JR Miller. 2017. Defining the Role of Human-Constructed Ponds in Conserving Amphibian Communities. Iowa Department of Natural Resources Small Grants Program, $2133
  • Capozzelli, JF, TM Swartz. 2017. Practical experience applying prescribed fire to manage grasslands. NRES Educational Opportunity Grant, $1050
  • Coon, JJ, TM Swartz, and JF Capozzelli. 2016. Biomass sampling in the Grand River Grasslands: determining the effects of stocking rate on vegetation remaining after the growing season. NRES Educational Opportunity Grant, $1200
  • Swartz, TM. 2016 The Impact of Prairie Management Practices on Blanchard’s Cricket Frog. Prairie Biotic Research, Inc. Small Grants Program, $1000
  • Swartz, TM and ED Lindquist. 2014. Testing a Rapid Assessment Model for Conserving Woodland Vernal Pools. Steinbrecher Undergraduate Research Program, $380

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