Educational Background

  • Ph.D., The University of Memphis
  • M.S., Marshall University
  • M.S., The University of Tokyo
  • B.S., The University of Tsukuba

Teaching Interests

  • Amphibian Biology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Ecology and Evolution

Research Interests

My research interests broadly rest on evolutionary ecology, behavioral ecology, and conservation biology of amphibians. Using various research tools such as aquatic mesocosms, behavioral assays, and molecular analyses, our current projects focus on: 1) Sperm competition, 2) Hatching timing plasticity, 3) Maternal effect, and 4) Parental care. Given the on-going global amphibian decline, I am also interested in amphibian conservation, such as effects of pollutants and diseases on their populations. We are experiencing an unprecedented rate of species extinction and amphibians are the most threatened vertebrate group. Conservation biology is a critical component of both my research and teaching. While Bucknell is a primarily undergraduate institution, our department also has a master's program. If you are interested in joining our research group, please feel free to contact me.

Selected Publications

*Undergraduate coauthors, **Graduate coauthors

Winters, HD*., KM Albertini*, LE Neely*, and MK Takahashi. Accepted. Bd prevalence among zoo and pet store amphibian collections in the northeastern United States. Herpetological Review.

Takahashi, MK, J Eastman, DA. Griffin, MJ Parris, J Baumsteiger, and A Storfer. Accepted. A stable niche assumption-free test of ecological divergence. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.

Wunder, JL*, NM Lampazzi*, KD Acre*, NJ Bent*, SA Canter*, AM Chapman*, MA Davies*, D Kashan*, JW Keiley*, RI MacIntyre*, TF Milton*, KL Weichler*, MJ Wilson**, and MK Takahashi. 2012. Promoting amphibian conservation through the college classroom: detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis among local amphibians. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 7: 462-469

Takahashi, MK, LM Horner*, NA Keller*, and WG Abrahamson. 2011. Extensive clonal spread and extreme longevity of saw palmetto, a foundation clonal plant. Molecular Ecology 20: 3730-3742

Takahashi, MK, YY Takahashi, and MJ Parris. 2010. On the role of sexual selection in ecological divergence: a test of assortative mating in the eastern newt Notophthalmus viridescens. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 101:884-897

Takahashi, MK, and MJ Parris. 2008. Life cycle polyphenisms as a factor affecting ecological divergence of Notophthalmus viridescens. Oecologia 158:23-34

Takahashi, M. 2007. Oviposition site selection: pesticide avoidance by gray treefrogs. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 26:1476-1480

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