Cathy Bodinof Jachowski

Assistant Professor - PI

I have been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University since August 2016. I hold a PhD in Fish and Wildlife Conservation from Virginia Tech, a MS in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Missouri and a BS in Environmental Science from Georgetown College. 

My research interests include stream ecology, amphibian and reptile ecology, population ecology, and animal physiology and movement.  My research is focused on understanding how freshwater species respond to environmental change. I have been involved in research related to hellbender ecology and conservation for over a decade, but I am fascinated by all things aquatic.  Prior to a career in academia, I was employed as a resource staff scientist for the Missouri Department of Conservation and spent several years in the field of environmental education. 

When I am not working you can find me spending time with my husband (the other Dr. Jachowski at Clemson University), my daughter River, and my dog Molly.  I enjoy backpacking, gardening, and stand-up paddle boarding. 

Todd Pierson

Post Doctoral Researcher

Todd uses genomic tools to study the ecology, evolution, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles, especially the lungless salamanders of the family Plethodontidae. His research in the Jachowski Lab focuses on using environmental DNA methods to survey for the range-restricted patch-nosed salamander (Urspelerpes brucei) in the Appalachian foothills. You can read more about Todd's research on his personal website

Lauren Diaz

MS Student

Lauren joined the lab in August 2017.  She received her B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida and has worked with gopher frogs, Wyoming toads, and a wide variety of other reptiles and amphibians as well as snail kites and songbirds. Her main interests are larval amphibian ecology and amphibian disease. 

Ben Schmidt

MS Student 

Ben joined the lab in June 2018. He received his B.S. in Biology from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Since graduation, Ben has worked as a stream surveyor in Oregon, as a botanist in Southern Utah, as a naturalist and research technician in Monteverde, Costa Rica, and most recently as a naturalist for the Lodge on Little St. Simons in Coastal Georgia. His main interests are stream ecology and aquatic habitat restoration. In his free time, Ben enjoys hiking, biking, fishing, and exploring Lake Hartwell and the surrounding area. 

Randeep Singh

MS Student 

Randeep joined the lab in January, 2019. He currently holds a bachelor's degree in engineering, but observations of human-wildlife conflict in his home country of India have led him to pursue a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. He is interested in understanding the ecological importance of species and raising awareness of the ecological roles that species play in order to facilitate conservation. He previously participated in projects aimed at emphasizing snakes as a 'natural form of pest control' linked with human health and his current research is focused on American alligator nest ecology in South Carolina. During his free time, Randeep enjoys running, biking, and exploring the woods.

Anje Kidd

PhD Student 

Anje joined the lab in June 2018. She earned a BS in Zoology from Mars Hill University and a MS from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. Her research has focused on investigating changes in wildlife ecology along a human-wildlife interface, with particular interests in movement ecology and behavioral ecology in human-modified landscapes. Currently, she is working with American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) along the South Carolina coast to understand how alligators alter their behaviors when living in human-dominated habitats and to develop management plans to reduce nuisance wildlife concerns. Anje’s prior research has focused on avian movement ecology of American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) to elucidate the effects of human-provided resources on ibis movement patterns. She has also assisted with several other avian research projects over a range of topics including stopover ecology and disease ecology. Amongst her latest avian research, she has also worked in an environmental education center teaching children about local ecosystems and native herpetofauna in Georgia.


Outside of research, Anje enjoys spending time in the mountains with her 2 dogs hiking, camping, and rock climbing, or catching an evening swing or contra dance in town.

Matt Green

PhD Student co-advised by Dr. John Morse

Matt  holds a MS in Biology from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Currently, he is focused on using aquatic insect faunal groups to predict presence/absence and landscape level shifts in habitat quality of Carolina heelsplitter, an endangered mussel species found in the southeastern United States (with Dr. Cathy Jachowski). Additional research interests and projects include the systematics and identification of microcaddisflies (Trichoptera: Hydroptilidae) of the Atlantic coastal plain ecoregion (with Dr. John Morse). Matt’s prior research has focused on how tailwater rivers influence the development, voltinism, and biodiversity of aquatic insects with special emphasis on Ephemerella invaria (sulphur mayfly). In addition to this work, Matt also conducted field and laboratory research to determine how the invasive algae, Didymosphenia geminata (rock snot), affects the diversity and abundance of aquatic invertebrates in the South Holston River Tailwater, Bristol, Tennessee.


When not conducting research, Matt is an avid fly fisherman having concentrated his fishing efforts in the Great Appalachian Valley (from Pennsylvania to Tennessee) to pursue selective trout. He is a published author and has been featured in many fly-fishing and outdoor publications including Wildlife in North Carolina, Southern Trout Magazine, The Virginia Sportsman, and Fly fisherman. He has presented at numerous Trout Unlimited and fishing club meetings across the Southeast United States in addition to The Fly Fishing Show and the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Expo.

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Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation

Clemson University

Clemson SC 29634