As a mentor, my main objective is to help students develop scientific acumen and teach important skills, such as manuscript preparation, proposal writing, collaboration, and presentation. My current research team includes myself, a research analyst, several current and past Master’s students and several undergraduate researchers and high school interns. More information can be found about these people below.  

Dr. Price is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry at University of Kentucky. He received a B.S. (2000) and M.S. (2003) in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and a Ph.D. in Biology from Wake Forest University (2011). Additionally, Dr. Price was employed as research coordinator, visiting faculty, and post-doctoral research fellow in the Biology Department at Davidson College from 2004-2012. Dr. Price has co-authored one book, Frogs and Toads of North Carolina, and several book chapters. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles, many of which involve students as co-authors.

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Andrea Drayer is a Research Analyst for the Department of Forestry. She assists with all aspects of the lab, including field work, web development, and outreach events. Andrea’s main interests lie in community ecology, habitat restoration/adaptive management and environmental education and outreach.  She obtained her BS in Biology in 2002 from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College and her MS degree in Biology - Applied Ecology at Eastern Kentucky University. Andrea also served as a committee member (2010-2015) and co-chair (2016-2018) for Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SEPARC).  

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Michaela Lambert is a graduate student and former undergraduate in the Price Lab. As an undergraduate Michaela assisted with most of the lab projects and her research in the Price Lab investigated the calling behavior of the threatened Crawfish Frog. Michaela also completed a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates at the Savannah River Ecology Lab where she investigated the sublethal metabolic effects of Radiocesium and Mercury contamination in Florida Green Watersnakes. Michaela’s interests include conservation biology, hiking, and horseback riding.

Andrew Ibach is a research assistant and graduate student in the Price Lab. He received his BS in Biology (Ecology, evolution, and behavior emphasis) from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater in 2017. Andrew cultivated his interest in herpetology at UW-Whitewater while working in Dr. Joshua Kapfer’s lab on a project to investigate differences in habitat use and preference of headstarted and hatchling Blanding’s turtles. Andrew works on the snake fungal disease project in the Price lab and is excited to continue and expand on this long term study. Andrew’s interests include herpetology, conservation biology, backpacking, fishing, and football.

Drew White is a research assistant and graduate student in the Price Lab.  As an undergraduate, Drew received a BS in Biology at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  After graduation, Drew was employed by the Missouri Department of Conservation as a resource technician and later a resource assistant on Bob DiStefano's Crayfish Crew.  While working with Bob, he helped conduct studies in crayfish occupancy, richness, and distribution.  At the Price Lab, Drew is investigating competitive interactions between invasive and native freshwater mussels.  Drew enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, drinking coffee, and finding Purple Wartybacks.

Kathryn Greene is a graduate student in the Price Lab. She received her BS in biology from Davidson College in 2018. At the Davidson College Herpetology lab, Kathryn investigated the dispersal behavior of juvenile spotted salamanders and assisted with many long-term lab projects including monitoring the diamondback terrapin population at Kiawah Island. In Dr. Price’s lab, Kathryn is investigating the effects of mountaintop removal mining and valley filling on stream salamander populations. Kathryn’s interests include hiking, camping, conservation biology, and herpetology.

Past Graduate Students

Jake Hutton (MS Forest and Natural Resource Sciences; Graduated 2018)

Jenn McKenzie (MS Forest and Natural Resource Sciences; Graduated 2018)

Christian Oldham (MS Forest and Natural Resource Sciences; Graduated 2016)

Sara Beth Freytag (MS Forest and Natural Resource Sciences; Graduated 2016)

Rachel Caro

Mason Murphy (MS Biology; Graduated 2015)

Mickey Agha (MS Forestry; Graduated 2015)

Brenee Muncy (MS Forestry; Graduated 2014)

Current Undergraduate Students 

Galen McCarty

Corey Denney

David Blythe

Anna Baker

Former Undergraduate Students

Rachel Pagano

Jason Thomas

Lena Caisley

Dan Morgan 

David Ehlert

Jonathan Matthews

Leo Fleckenstein

Ashlie Pool

Mariah Lewis

Wade Boys

Waydon Yates

Former High School Interns

Ethan Martion