Educational & Professional Experience
Curriculum Vitae - CV - McTernan.pdf
Link to Thesis - http://cedar.wwu.edu/wwuet/604/
Selected Awards & Honors
- Biology Effort Award ($500), provided by Western Washington University, for work done as a teaching assistant and research assistant to Dr. Roger Anderson.
- Oral presentation at the 2017 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting in New Orleans, LA.
- Ross Travel Grant ($350) for travel to the 2017 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting in New Orleans, LA, to give an oral presentation. Award provided by Western Washington University.
- Dean Metter Memorial Award ($1,000) provided by the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.
- “Best Presentation” Award for oral presentation at the 2016 Western Washington University Graduate Student Conference.
- Research assistantship ($2,000-$3000) in summer of 2015, 2016, and 2017 provided by Western Washington University for aiding Dr. Roger Anderson in conducting field research and teaching a field research course.
- Thon Summer Support Fund ($2,048) in the summer of 2015, provided by Western Washington University.
- Fund for the Enhancement of Graduate Research ($1,000) in spring of 2015, provided by Western Washington University.
While I have many interests, I am currently mostly interested in thermal biology. My thesis research investigated how separate populations of Sceloporus occidentalis (the western fence lizard) use behavior and physiology to survive and thrive in different thermal environments and climate zones. In a broader sense, I am interested in studying the interaction between an organism and the environmental conditions that that organism experiences, especially in the context of global climate change.