Michelle D. Boone


Associate Professor

178 Pearson Hall  (513) 529-4901


Biographical Information

Biological organisms live in a world dominated and altered by humans. The ramifications of anthropogenic changes are not always immediately clear, but they can have important consequences that alter species interactions and change the community structure. The research in my laboratory uses amphibians as a model for understanding how organisms can be affected by chemical contamination, habitat change/alteration, disease pathogens, and invasive species in the presence of factors known to regulate natural amphibian communities—competition, predation, and pond drying. My laboratory is currently examining the effects of pesticides on the full life cycle to determine sensitive periods during development, the role of the amphibian chytrid fungus on individual performance in the presence of other environmental factors, and the impact of habitat change on amphibian movement and dispersal. Please see my laboratory’s web site for additional information about my research.

Courses Taught

BIO 115: Introduction to Biology
BIO 121: Environmental Biology
BIO 467/567:  Conservation Biology

Recent Publications

Boone, MD, SA Hammond, N Veldhoen, **M Youngquist, and CC Helbing. 2013. Specific time of exposure during tadpole development influences biological effects of the insecticide carbaryl in green frogs (Lithobates clamitans). Aquatic Toxicology 130-131:139-148.

**Puglis, HJ, and MD Boone. 2012. Effects of terrestrial buffer zones on amphibians on golf courses. PLoS One 7:e39590.

Boone, MD, and NH Sullivan. 2012. The impact of an insecticide changes with amount of leaf litter input: Implications for amphibian populations. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 31:1518-1524.

*Kleinhenz, P, MD Boone, and G Fellers. 2012. Effects of the amphibian chytrid fungus and four insecticides on Pacific treefrogs (Pseudacris regilla). Journal of Herpetology 46:625-631.

**Distel, CA, and MD Boone. 2010. Effects of aquatic exposure to the insecticide carbaryl are species-specific across life stages and mediated by heterospecific competitors in anurans. Functional Ecology 24:1342-1352.

**indicates graduate student author
* indicates undergraduate student author