Mariana conducted a project for course credits with Dr. Davis that investigated a new method of obtaining blood samples from amphibians with gills. The method was modified from an existing procedure used on small fish. She conducted a simple experiment using wild-caught paedogenic mole salmanders, where individuals were sampled then housed in an environment chamber to monitor their health. She found that there was no adverse effect of the procedure on the salamanders. The method therefore appears feasable for use in the future in herpetological research.
Photo - an aquatic mole salamander used in Mariana's project.