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Wes Flynn

University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-XXXX

email: wflynn@srel.uga.edu

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B.S. - Biology, Penn State, 2009

Research Interests

I am a Ph.D. student at in the Odum School of Ecology studying the evolutionary effects of environmental stressors on amphibian populations. My current work focuses on how anthropogenic and natural stressors directly and interactively affect amphibians at multiple scales. I utilize quantitative genetic and molecular approaches in the field and laboratory to address these questions, using the southern toad (Anaxyrus terrestris) as my model system.  These amphibians, common and widespread in the southeast, frequently occupy habitats disturbed by human activities and rely on ephemeral aquatic habitats for reproduction. These life history traits increase the chances of A. terrestris populations being subject to a range of anthropogenic stressors, including chemical contaminants and altered hydroperiods associated with climate change.

Honors and Awards

Graduate Research Assistantship, University of Georgia (2012-17)

Odum Small Grant for Graduate Research, University of Georgia (2017)

Graduate Travel Award, University of Georgia (2017)

Odum Small Grant for Graduate Research, University of Georgia (2016)

Frank Golley Memorial Award, University of Georgia (2016)

Charlotte Magnum Student Support Award, SICB (2012, 2014)

Genomics Workshop Travel Award, NSF (2011)

Undergraduate Research Grant, Penn State Erie (2007-09)


Professional Affiliations

  • Society for the Study of Evolution
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry


Selected Publications

Weir SM, Flynn RW, Scott DE, Yu S, Lance SL. (2016) Environmental levels of Zn do not protect embryos from Cu toxicity in three species of amphibians. Environmental Pollution. 214

Flynn RW, Scott DE, Kuhne WW. Soteropoulos DL, Lance SL. (2015) Lethal and sublethal measures of chronic copper toxicity in the eastern narrowmouth toad (Gastrophryne carolinensis) reveal within and among population variation.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 34(3)

Soteropoulos DL, Flynn RW, Lance SL, Scott DE. (2014) Effects of copper exposure on hatching success and early larval development in marbled salamanders, Ambystoma opacum. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 33(7)

Lance SL, Love CN, Nunziata SO, O'Bryhim J, Scott DE, Flynn RW, Jones KL. (2013) 32 species validation of a new Illumina paried-end approach for the development of microsatellites. Plos One.

Love CN, Flynn RW, Nunziata SO, Jones KL, Lance SL. (2013) Development of 31 polymorphic microsatellite markers for the mole salamander (Ambystoma talpoideum) using Illumina paired-end sequencing. Conservation Genetic Resources. Online May 2013.

Lance SL, Flynn RW, Erickson MR, Scott DE. (2013) Within and among population level differences in response to chronic copper exposure in southern toads, Anaxyrus terrestris. Environmental Pollution. 177, 135-142.

Lance SL, Erickson MR, Flynn RW, Mills GL, Tuberville TD, Scott DE. (2012) Effects of chronic copper exposure on development and survival in the southern leopard frog [Lithobates (Rana) sphenocephalus]. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 31(7), 1587-94.


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Wes Flynn