Modified from https://sammykatta.com/diversity, with frogs by Julie Jung. Racial justice and support for marginalized communities cannot be separated from the practice of science. We must actively work to recognize the obstacles that scientists (and potential scientists) from marginalized communities face, and dismantle structures of power that prevent them from succeeding. We must also consider the effects of our research and research choices on marginalized communities.


We study phenotypic plasticity, early life stages, the integrative organismal biology of amphibians, and predator-prey interactions. We ground our studies in field observations of animals in their natural environment and use a variety of field and laboratory methods to address the questions arising from those observations. Our work integrates ecology, evolution, behavior, and physiology with development. We are particularly interested in hatching and metamorphosis as critical transition points where rapidly changing animals move between very different selective environments. Much of our work is Neotropical, with field sites in several countries and a long-term research program (since 1998) at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. We have also studied local spring-breeding amphibians in Massachusetts.

We mentor summer internships studying phenotypic plasticity and embryo behavior in Panama and sometimes Costa Rica. We are not seeking new PhD students to start in 2021. Prospective PhD students with a strong interest in joining the lab in future years are welcome to contact Prof. Warkentin after viewing the linked information.