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The Harden┬áLab at Benedictine University conducts integrative ecological research on reptiles and amphibians. Our lab’s central research questions revolve around of how organisms function and interact with their environment, both natural and urbanized, by studying them on a physiological, behavioral, and spatial/temporal level. In particular, the lab’s research focuses on how abiotic factors influence the physiology, behavior, and habitat preferences of ectothermic vertebrates (e.g. amphibians and reptiles), with applications to their conservation and management.

The Harden Lab also maintains a research collaboration with the Milanovich Lab at Loyola University Chicago studying reptiles and amphibians of the Midwest.