Salamander backgroud Mark Urban

Dana Drake

Lab Manager

University of Connecticut


Office: 213 Pharmacy/Biology Building
75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3043
Storrs CT 06269

Phone: 860-486-6154


M.S. Biological Science and Biotechnology, Drexel University

B.A. Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic



Peterman, W.E., T.L. Anderson, B.H. Ousterhout, D.L. Drake, F.E. Rowland, J.J. Burkhart, and R.D. Semlitsch. Using spatial demographic network models to optimize habitat creation, restoration, and preservation. Journal of Wildlife Management DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21393


Urban, M. C. J. L. Richardson, N. A. Freidenfelds, D. L. Drake, J. F. Fischer, and P. P. Saunders. Microgeographic adaptation of Wood Frog tadpoles to an apex predator. Copeia 105(3):451-461

Burkhart, J.J., W.E. Peterman, E.R. Brocato, K. Romine, M.M. Willis, B.H. Ousterhout, T.L. Anderson, D.L. Drake, F. Rowland, R.D. Semlitsch, and L.S. Eggert. The influence of breeding phenology on the genetic structure of four pond-breeding salamanders. Ecology and Evolution 7:4670–4681


Anderson, T.L., B.H. Ousterhout, D.L. Drake, J.J. Burkhart, F.E. Rowland, W.E. Peterman, and R.D. Semlitsch. Differences in larval allometry among three ambystomatid salamanders. Journal of Herpetology 50:464-470

Peterman, W.E., B.H. Ousterhout, T.L. Anderson, D.L. Drake, R.D. Semlitsch, and L.S. Eggert. 2016. Using modularity in genetic networks to manage spatially structured metapopulations. Ecosphere 7: e01231


Drake, D.L., B.H. Ousterhout, C.D. Shulse, D.J. Hocking, W.E. Peterman, T.L. Anderson, K.L. Lohraff, E.B. Harper, J.R. Johnson, T.A.G. Rittenhouse, B.B. Rothermel, L.S. Eggert, and R.D. Semlitsch. Pond-breeding amphibian community composition in Missouri. American Midland Naturalist 174(1):180-187

Ousterhout, B.H., T.L. Anderson, D.L. Drake, W.E. Peterman and R.D. Semlitsch. Habitat traits and species interactions differentially affect abundance and body size in pond-breeding amphibians. Journal of Animal Ecology 84:914-924

Anderson, T.L., B.H. Ousterhout, W. E. Peterman, D.L. Drake and R. D. Semlitsch. Life history differences influence the impacts of drought on two pond-breeding salamanders. Ecological Applications 25:1896-1910

Semlitsch, R.D., W.E. Peterman, T.L. Anderson, D.L. Drake and B.H. Ousterhout. Intermediate pond sizes contain highest density, richness, and diversity of pond-breeding amphibians. PLoS One e0123055

Semlitsch, R.D. and D.L. Drake. Structure and dynamics of Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) populations at the periphery of their range in Missouri. Southeastern Naturalist 14(2):329-341

Anderson, T.L., J.L. Heemeyer, W.E. Peterman, M.J. Everson, B.H. Ousterhout, D.L. Drake, and R.D. Semlitsch. Automated analysis of temperature dataloggers to determine inundation state of wetlands. Wetlands Ecology and Management 23: 1039-1047

Peterman, W.E., T.L. Anderson, B.H. Ousterhout, D.L. Drake, R.D. Semlitsch, and L.S. Eggert. Differential dispersal shapes population structure and patterns of genetic differentiation in two sympatric pond breeding salamanders. Conservation Genetics 16:59–69


Drake, D.L. and K.M. O’Donnell. Sampling of terrestrial salamanders reveals previously unreported atypical color morphs in the Southern Red-backed Salamander Plethodon serratus. American Midland Naturalist. 171:172-177

Peterman, W.E., T.L. Anderson, D.L. Drake, B.H. Ousterhout, and R.D. Semlitsch. Maximizing pond biodiversity across the landscape: a case study of larval ambystomatid salamanders. Animal Conservation 17:275-285

Drake, D.L., T.L. Anderson, L.M. Smith, K.M. Lohraff, and R.D. Semlitsch. Predation of eggs and hatchlings of the endemic Ringed Salamander (Ambystoma annulatum) by native and invasive aquatic predators. Herpetologica 70:378-387


Semlitsch, R.D., T.L. Anderson, D.L. Drake, B.H. Ousterhout, W.E. Peterman, and C.D. Shulse. Small, clustered wetlands promote amphibian persistence. The National Wetlands Newsletter. Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C. Sept-Oct:20-25

Pittman, S., M. Osbourn, D. Drake and R. Semlitsch. Predation of juvenile pond-breeding salamanders during initial movement out of ponds. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 8:681-687


Osbourn, M.S, S.E. Pittman, D.L. Drake and R.D. Semlitsch. Ambystoma annulatum (Ringed Salamander) and Ambystoma maculatum (Spotted Salamander). Climbing Behavior. Herpetological Review 43(3): 458-459


Drake, D.L. and B.H. Ousterhout. Summer breeding of the Southern Leopard Frog Rana sphenocephala (=Lithobates sphenocephalus) in southern Missouri. Missouri Herpetological Association Newsletter 24: 21-22.

Drake, D.L., K.M. O’Donnell and B.H. Ousterhout. Plethodon serratus (Southern Redback Salamander). Periodical Cicada Burrow Use. Herpetological Review 43(2): 318-319


Drake, D.L. and S.E. Trauth. Spea intermontana (Spadefoot Toad) Algal Symbiosis. Herpetological Review 41(4):481-482

Drake, D.L. Lithobates (Rana) onca (Relict Leopard Frog). Cannibalistic oophagy. Herpetological Review 41(2):198-199


Drake, D.L., Drayer, A. and S. Trauth. Bufo americanus (American Toad). Algal Symbiosis. Herpetological Review 38 (4): 435-436

Verburg, P., Kilham. S.S., C.M. Pringle, K.R. Lips, D. Drake, and M. Whiles. A stable isotope study of a neotropical stream food web prior to the extirpation of its large amphibian community. Journal of Tropical Biology 23: 643-651


Drake, D.L. and A.W. Ranvestel. Hyalinobactrachium colymbiphyllum (glass frog) egg mass defense. Herpetological Review 36 (4): 434


Drake, D.L., M.A. Hagerty, J.E. Behm, S.J. Goldenberg and J.R. Spotila. Marine turtle nesting at Playa Naranjo, Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica, during the 1998-99 season. Chelonia Conservation and Biology 4(3): 675-678


Drake, D.L. and J.R. Spotila. Thermal tolerances and timing of sea turtle hatchling emergence. Journal of Thermal Biology 27(1): 71-81

Drake, D.L., M.A. Hagerty, J.E. Behm, and S.J. Goldenberg. Lepidochelys olivacea (Olive ridley sea turtle) predation. Herpetological Review 32(2): 104


Ross, D.A., J.K. Reaser, P. Kleeman and D.L. Drake. Rana luteiventris (Columbia spotted frog) mortality and site fidelity. Herpetological Review 30(3): 163


Drake, D.L. Marine turtle nesting, nest predation, hatch frequency, and nesting seasonality on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 2(1): 89-92