March 2021 Presentation via Zoom: The Secret Lives of Salamanders

March 22, 2021 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Donna Keller

The March presentation topic falls under the “truth is stranger than fiction” category. Our guest speaker, Dr. Katherine Greenwald, will tell us about the unisexual (all female) salamanders in the genus Ambystoma. These salamanders are common in southern Michigan, but the way that they reproduce is globally unique – they “steal” DNA from males of other species! Strange right? But true! Dr. Greenwald will explain how this works, the advantages and disadvantages, and some of the research her lab is doing to better understand this fascinating evolutionary lineage.

Dr. Katherine Greenwald received a BS in Biology from Brown University and a PhD from Ohio State University where her dissertation focused on habitat fragmentation, functional landscape connectivity, and metapopulation processes in amphibians. Now a professor at Eastern Michigan University, her lab uses molecular tools to answer ecological and conservation-related questions regarding amphibians and reptiles. A link to the meeting will be emailed to the membership a few days prior to the meeting. If ASK does not have a current email address for you, please let us know at Our plan is to record the meeting and make it available for later viewing.