Kortney is a part-time instructor at Christopher Newport University who first came to the research ranch in 2011 as part of Matt Lattanzio’s team of researchers. Since then she has returned to the ranch every summer from 2011-2015. Kortney has assisted with several of the Lattanzio Lab’s lizard research projects, and has completed and presented on two of her own projects. In 2011 & 2012, she studied the effects of diet restriction on the physiological responses of the ornate tree lizard (Urosaurus ornatus) and presented her findings at the World Congress of Herpetology in 2012. In 2014, Kortney was awarded the Apacheria Fellowship to conduct a study on the effects of sexual size dimorphism on the social interactions and ecology of a population of the mountain spiny lizard (Sceloporus jarrovii) in the nearby Huachuca Mountains. This research was presented at the 2016 Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
Department of Organismal & Environmental Biology
Christopher Newport University