Jeronimo Silva (M.S. – Agricultural Sciences)
Jeronimo was part of Dr. Sutton’s lab from June 2015 to May 2018 as a master’s student. His interest in salamanders started when he worked as a lead technician in the Southern Appalachian Silviculture and Biodiversity Study at Virginia Tech, which focused on the effects of forest management on different salamander species. After graduation, Jeronimo worked with federally endangered flatwood salamanders at Eglin Air Force base, and participated on multiple projects involving a variety of amphibian and reptile species. Prior to joining Dr. Sutton’s lab, he worked with the Wildlife Ecotoxicology and Physiological Ecology lab at Virginia Tech, where he discovered a passion for Hellbenders and the environments they inhabit. At TSU, Jeronimo developed a spatial distribution model for the Eastern Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) throughout the state of Tennessee, and used environmental DNA to help evaluate the species status within the state.