Justin Waraniak (he/him/his)


I am a molecular ecologist and PhD student in the Stockwell lab studying landscape genetics of northern leopard frog in North Dakota. I am broadly interested in how populations (particularly of fishes and amphibians in freshwater ecosystems) adapt to environmental change. I am originally from Flint, Michigan, and enjoy running, herping, and creating wildlife illustrations.

SciArt/SciComm Twitter: @Marathon_Rana


I collect population genetic data from this abundant frog species throughout the state to see how agriculture and other landscape features may be affecting genetic diversity, gene flow, and patterns of local adaptation. This research can help our land managers understand where our aquatic ecosystems are at greatest risk from fragmentation as well as whether or not anthropogenic factors are placing selective pressures on our native amphibian populations.

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