The Harden Lab at Benedictine University conducts integrative ecological research on reptiles and amphibians. Our lab’s central research questions revolve around of how these organisms function and interact with their increasingly modified environment, by studying them on a physiological, behavioral, and spatial/temporal level. We use field-based and laboratory-based approaches to investigate how abiotic factors influence the physiology, behavior, and habitat preferences of these ectothermic vertebrates, with applications to their conservation and management.
LATEST HARDEN LAB NEWS:
May 2018: Congratulations to lab members Tim Benjamin and Sumaiya Shahjahan on their graduation from BenU! Tim has taken as job as a Natural Areas Maintenance Technician at Integrated Lakes Management in West Chicago and Sumaiya is applying to medical school!
April 2018: Lab students present their research at BenU’s Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Arts (URSA) conference as well as at the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area undergraduate research symposium.
February 2018: Dr. Harden and the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum are awarded a Chicago Herpetological Society grant entitled: Rebounding Blanding’s: Conservation-Based Outreach and Education!
January 2018: Lab student Tim Benjamin presents his research investigating Hg levels in endangered, adult Blanding’s turtles at the 2018 Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference.
September 2017: Rebecca Weber, a sophomore at BenU, joins the Harden Lab!
April 2017: The Harden Lab is featured in the Spring Edition of Voices, a BenU publication.