Alumni News | Ryan Wagner Turns Camera Focus to Mad Puppy’s Salamander in Graduate School

Ohio University alumnus Ryan Wagner has left many footprints throughout Ohio. Most of them are muddy footprints along creeks inhabited by his favorite subjects of study, Hellbender and Mad Puppy, his salamanders.

Those footprints wash away, but his wildlife pursuits are typically documented in the enduring images he posts his instagram account (@Ryan B Wagner).

Wagner’s bachelor’s degree at OHIO found him studying Hellbenders, turtles crossing roads along the Route 33 bypass around Nelsonville, in a local stream, and studying abroad in Ecuador. I was. Department of Biological Science Institute.He BS in Biological Sciences – Wildlife and Conservation Graduated from the College of Liberal Arts in 2020.

OHIO Biological Sciences students are obsessed with finding hellbenders. From left, Ryan Wagner, Christine Hanson, and Matt Kaunaert.

He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University.

“I am currently studying the conservation and distribution of the Mad Puppy salamander, which is common in Ohio,” Wagner said. program.

As photography has played a role in his work so far, Wagner’s career plans include using a multimedia approach to tell the stories of science.

“The Department of Biological Sciences was our first Ohio Wildlife and Nature Photography Scholarship Competition This fall, we see Ryan as a great example of a scientist sharing his passion for nature with the public. ” Viorelle Popescu, Associate Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Arts and Sciences.Popescu said that Wagner’s picture of the garter snake 2018 Ohio Wildlife Heritage Stamp Wagner was a sophomore at OHIO.

Garter snake photo by Ryan Wagner for the 2018 Ohio Wildlife Heritage Stamp.

Wagner’s advice on nature photography: “Encourage your students to develop fresh perspectives on nature and wildlife. See animals and places in ways most people have never seen them before.” It is recommended.”

Wagner’s Advice: “Join the Laboratory”

Wagner started making footprints and photographs with Marcel Weigant (MSc in Biological Sciences in 2018 and BA in Music in 2014). Investigation of the impact of the Route 33 bypass Through Wayne National Forest on the local box turtle population as part of Popescu’s lab.

“This was my first exposure to wildlife field research and it fascinated me! I had the opportunity to participate in all aspects of this research, right through to writing the manuscript, and it prepared me for my next career move: graduate school,” Wagner said at the time.

A box turtle crossing a dirt road in Wayne National Forest.Photo by Ryan Wagner

“Dr. Popescu took me under his wing as a freshman. He made my undergraduate experience a great one. gave me the opportunity to work in the lab and gain field experience with alumni, students who jump-started my career. I am using my lab and statistical skills.

Wagner seized every opportunity he could in Ohio. He worked as a field technician on a graduate student project during the summer and semester. He studied abroad in Ecuador for two weeks. Department of Environmental and Plant Biology.

“Some of my favorite memories are going on excursions in the ‘manabu’ class. We had a lot of fun going birdwatching, electrofishing and helping out,” said Wagner.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree. departmental honors Paper on Snake Path Mortality in Popescu’s Lab.

Ryan Wagner

“My greatest academic success was publishing my undergraduate thesis as my first first author paper,” said Wagner. “I am in close contact with his Dr. Viorel Popescu. I go to him for career and scientific advice whenever I need it.”

Wagner’s Advice for Biology Students Today: Graduate Students. Volunteer in the lab before applying for undergraduate research positions. Also, build personal and professional relationships that last throughout your career. You can also

Wagner also joined the Wildlife Club as a freshman and served as secretary and president for two years.

“My fleeting moments included joining the Wildlife Club, volunteering as a graduate student, and winning my first paid position as a field technician in Dr. Popescu’s lab. These moments have led me to a very successful experience at OHIO,” he said.

Editor’s Note: The Happy Beginnings series features recent liberal arts graduates about to start their careers, graduate school, and services. Alumni News | Ryan Wagner Turns Camera Focus to Mad Puppy’s Salamander in Graduate School

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