Timothy Swartz

M.S. Student in Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Timothy Swartz


B.S., Biology, Messiah College (2015) - magna cum laude


Research Interests

As a greater portion of the Earth’s surface is altered for human use, many wildlife populations have seen considerable declines. As a result, It is increasingly important that we reconcile human activity and economic development with the preservation of other species. Agricultural and urban lands must be hospitable to wildlife if we are to conserve the planet’s biological richness. I am studying Blanchard’s cricket frog (Acris blanchardi), a species that has declined dramatically and for unknown reasons in the Midwest. My research focuses on how grassland management practices affect the dispersal behavior and metapopulation ecology of Acris blanchardi in rural southern Iowa.


Personal Interests

In my free time I enjoy quite a few diverse outdoor activities. In the spring, my wife and I enjoy observing the frenzy of activity surrounding the spring amphibian and bird migrations. We often spend our summer leisure time camping, hiking, kayaking or foraging for edible wild plants and when mushroom season begins in the fall, our kitchen is filled with the aromas of freshly harvested wild fungi. When the cold of winter sets in, we can usually be found curled up with good books and our mischievous cat named Po.



Amphibians in Human-Dominated Landscapes: The Effects of Local and Landscape Factors on Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris blanchardi)



Swartz, TM and E Stuart. Testing rapid assessment tools for the conservation of vernal pools in south-central Pennsylvania. Spring Research Symposium, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. May, 2015. (poster and oral presentations)



Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois
W411 Turner Hall
1102 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801


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