The Milanovich Lab in the Department of Biology at Loyola University Chicago focuses on understanding the influence of land-use and climate change on amphibian and reptile communities. They use a variety of methods to explore the effects of global change on, and the ecological function of, herpetofauna. Amphibians and reptiles are represented by a variety of taxa, and are some of the most abundant organisms on the planet. Understanding their ecological role is essential to project the true impact of anthropogenic change on biota.
Students and researchers in the lab have diverse interest and expertise. Recently,they have examined the impact of invasive species on amphibians, ecological stoichiometry of lungless salamanders, a technique to determine gender in lungless salamanders, and the predicted influence of global climate change on amphibian populations. Furthermore, they have received funding from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to examine the status, home range and hibernacula of Ornate Box Turtles (Terrapene ornata).
See the Milanovich lab website for more details: www.milanovichlab.weebly.com