Vanessa Kinney

Vanessa Kinney



Vanessa C. Kinney
Indiana State University
IU School of Medicine–TH
135 Holmstedt Hall
Terre Haute, IN 47809-9989
Office: 812.237.8301



I am interested in the natural history and population biology of amphibian and reptile species. I am also interested in conservation policy and environmental issues that affect wildlife such as pollution, habitat destruction, and climate change.



I am currently documenting the breeding biology and juvenile recruitment in Crawfish Frogs (Lithobates areolatus) by using drift fences and pitfall traps that encircle two wetlands. My ultimate goal will be to determine the size of the breeding Crawfish Frog populations, variation across years, and potential recruitment.




Terrell, V.C.K., N.J. Engbrecht, A.P. Pessier, and M.J. Lannoo. Drought reduces chytrid fungus (Batrachochytridium dendrobatidis) infection intensity and mortality but not prevalence in adult Crawfish Frogs (Lithobates areolatus). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 50:56-62.

Terrell, V.C.K., J.L. Klemish, N.J. Engbrecht, J.A. May, P.J. Lannoo, R. Stiles, and M.J. Lannoo. Amphibian and Reptile recolonization of reclaimed coal spoil grasslands. Journal of North American Herpetology 2014:59-68.


Engbrecht, N.J., J.L. Heemeyer, V.C. Kinney, and M.J. Lannoo. 2012. Lithobates areolatus (Crawfish Frogs). Thwarted predation. Herpetological Review 43:323-324.


Kinney, V.C., J.L. Heemeyer, A.P. Pessier, and M.J. Lannoo. Seasonal pattern of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection and mortality in Lithobates areolatus: Affirmation of Vredenburg’s “10,000 zoospore rule.” PLoS ONE 6(3): e16708. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016708


Hoffman, A.S., J. L. Heemeyer, P.J. Williams, J.R. Robb, D.R. Karns, V.C. Kinney, N.J. Engbrecht, and M.J. Lannoo. 2010. Strong Site Fidelity and a Variety of Imaging Techniques Reveal Around-the-clock and Extended Activity Patterns in Crawfish Frogs (Lithobates areolatus). Bioscience. 60: 829-834.

Kinney, V.C., N.J. Engbrecht, J.L. Heemeyer, and M.J. Lannoo. 2010. New County records for Amphibians and Reptiles in Southwest Indiana. Herpetological Review 41(3): 387–388.

Kinney, V.C. and M.J. Lannoo. Lithobates areolatus circulosus (Northern Crawfish Frog): Breeding. Herpetological Review 41(2): 197–198.

Heemeyer, J.L., V.C. Kinney, N.J. Engbrecht, M.J. Lannoo. 2010. The Biology of Crawfish Frogs (Lithobates areolatus) Prevents the Full Use of Telemetry and Drift Fence Techniques. Herpetological Review 41(1): 42–45.


Lannoo, M. J., V.C. Kinney, J.L. Heemeyer, N.J. Engbrecht. 2009. Mine spoil prairies expand critical habitat for endangered and threatened amphibian and reptile species. Diversity 1: 118–132.




Kinney, V.C. and M.J. Lannoo. Breeding Biology of Crawfish Frogs (Lithobates areolatus) on a Mine Spoil Prairie. Indiana State University Research Symposium, Terre Haute, IN.

Kinney, V.C. and M.J. Lannoo. Breeding Biology of Crawfish Frogs (Lithobates areolatus) on a mine spoil prairie. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SEPARC) Annual Meeting, Altoona, FL.


Kinney, V.C. A brief view of techniques used to study herpetofauna with a focus on the breeding biology of Crawfish Frogs (Lithobates areolatus). Indiana State University Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society Meeting, Terre Haute, IN.

Lannoo, M.J., V.C. Kinney, J.L. Heemeyer, and N.J. Engbrecht. Progress of State Wildlife Grant E2-08-WDS13. Indiana Technical Advisory Committee Meeting: Herpetofauna, Indianapolis, IN.

Kinney, V.C. and M.J. Lannoo. Breeding Biology of Crawfish Frogs (Lithobates areolatus) in Southwestern Indiana. Indiana Academy of Science Fall Meeting, Indiana University-Kokomo, Kokomo, IN.