Electrical Engineering Student

Bridgette E. Hagerty, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, University of Nevada, Reno (2008)
  • B.A., Biology, St. Mary's College of Maryland (2000)


  • Biostatistics
  • Conservation Biology
  • Exploring Biology
  • Biology Thesis

Research Interests

  • Movement ecology and population ecology of reptiles and amphibians
  • Conservation of amphibians and reptiles in York County Parks
  • Impacts of ranavirus on amphibian communities
  • Landscape ecology and genetics of pool-breeding amphibians


  • Presidential Award for Teaching and Mentoring (2017)
  • Faculty Institutions for Reforming Science Education (FIRST IV) NSF Postdoctoral Scholar, 2009-2011

Recent Publications

  • Garrigan, E.E., T.A. Young, and B.E. Hagerty. The cost of the outdoor cat and dog: rehabilitation of wildlife in southern Pennsylvania. National Wildlife Rehabilitator Association Journal. (in press)
  • Hanson, K.M. and B.E. Hagerty. 2016. The influence of shifted spectral sensitivities on predator detection ability of Lake Malawi African cichlids. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences 90: 37- 43.
  • Averill-Murray, R.C. and B.E. Hagerty. 2014. Translocation relative to spatial genetic structure of the Mojave desert tortoise, Gopherus agassizii. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 13: 35-41.
  • Sandmeier, F.C., C.R. Tracy, B.E. Hagerty, S. DuPré, H. Mohammadpour, and K. Hunter. 2013. Mycoplasmal upper respiratory tract disease across the range of the threatened Mojave desert tortoise: associations with thermal regime and natural antibodies. Ecohealth 10: 63-71.
  • Hagerty, B.E., K.E. Nussear, T.C. Esque, and C.R. Tracy. 2011. Making molehills out of mountains: a landscape genetic approach to connectivity for desert tortoises. Landscape Ecology 26: 267-280.

Recent Presentations

  • Hagerty, B.E. 2017. Reptiles and Amphibians in Local Parks, a Research Update. Address to the York County Parks System. April 5, 2017.
  • Hagerty, B.E. 2013. A tale of two desert reptiles: contrasting stories of gene flow and dispersal in the desert tortoise and chuckwalla. Shippensburg University. February 7, 2013
  • Hagerty, B.E., C. R. Tracy, C. R. Tracy, S.J. Snyder, S. R. Wakeling, F.C. Sandmeier, and N. Maloney. 2012. Dissecting the genetic structure of the chuckwalla (Sauromalus ater) at two spatial scales. Seventh World Congress of Herpetology, Vancouver, B.C. Canada.


  • Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Beta Beta Beta, Theta Epsilon Chapter, Advisor

Professional Association

  • Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences
  • The Wildlife Society
  • Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles