Hello! I'm a Research Associate and the resident Wildlife Ecologist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. My research takes an integrative approach to the development of theory-driven conservation guidelines, with emphasis on understanding and mitigating biological invasions and other anthropogenic impacts. While always conservation-oriented, my research questions are fairly inclusive, and I can be broadly characterized as an 'integrative evolutionary ecologist'. I work primarily with imperiled and cryptic ectotherms, including pit-vipers and pond-breeding salamanders. However, my passion for the natural history of ectotherms and extreme environments (especially caves) has also led me to work with an array of vertebrate ectotherms and invertebrates in subterranean systems (caves) of the Midwest, Southeast, and Ozarks, glades and wetlands in the Eastern U.S., grassland-vernal pond systems in the west coast's Mediterranean climate, and mid-high elevation environments of Appalachia. The methods I use depend on the question, but they most often include a combination of basic and applied field-based approaches that can be used to inform broader-scale ecological and life history models. Current questions center on how life history and physiology interact to influence contemporary evolution against human-induced changes to environmental variance (e.g., temperature and precipitation regimes, drought, introduced species). See more below!
Evin T. Carter, Ph.D.
Environmental Sciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
1 Bethel Valley Rd
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Department of Biology
Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Gladstone, NS, KE Perez, EB Pieper, ET Carter, KE Dooley, NF Shoobs, AS Engel, & ML Niemiller (in press) A New Species of Stygobitic Snail in the Genus Antrorbis Hershler and Thompson, 1990 (Gastropoda, Cochliopidae) from the Appalachian Valley and Ridge of Eastern Tennessee, USA. ZooKeys.
Niemiller ML, ET Carter, DB Fenolio, AG Gluesenkamp, & JG Phillips. (in press) Drivers of subterranean colonization and diversification in cave-dwelling salamanders. In: Cave Life - Drivers of Diversity and Diversification, Wynne JJ (ed.). NOVA Science Publishers.
Gladstone, NS, ET Carter, KD Kendall-Niemiller, LE Hayter, & ML Niemiller (2018) A new maximum body size record for the Berry Cave Salamander (Gyrinophilus gulolineatus) and genus Gyrinophilus (Caudata: Plethodontidae) with a comment on body size in plethodontid salamanders. Subterranean Biology. (Link)
Gladstone, NS, ET Carter, ML McKinney, & ML Niemiller (2018) Status and conservation of the cave-obligate land snails in the Appalachians and Interior Low Plateau of the Eastern United States. American Malacological Bulletin 36(1): 62-78. (Link)
Wessels, JL, ET Carter, CL. Hively, LE Hayter, BM Fitzpatrick (2018) Population viability of nonnative Mediterranean House Geckos (Hemidactylus turcicus) at an urban site near the northern invasion front. Journal of Herpetology 52(2): 215-222. (Link)