After nearly a decade of working in wildlife biology I decided to shift my research focus from wildlife conservation and physiology to human health. Most wildlife problems today are symptoms of human behavior and I believe that physical and emotional health are essential to altering destructive and dissociative human behaviors. My research interests are broad but include the interfaces of mental and physical health, topics related to traumatic experiences (e.g. denial, recovery and resiliency, and impacts to physical health), and alternative therapies that promote human health while fostering a healthier connection to the environment (e.g. gardening, creative arts rooted in upcycling, and environmentally-based service learning).
- Dr. Wei Yang
- Dr. Kristen Clements-Nolle
- Dr. Paul Devereux
- Graduate Student Association Travel Award, University of Nevada Reno (2020)
- Professional Development Grant, Albright Wirth Grant Program, National Park Service (2017)
- Best Oral Presentation, Graduate Student Research Symposium, Virginia Tech (2015)
- The Floyd L. English Natural Sciences Scholarship, California State University, Chico, CA (2010, 2009)
- The Vesta Holt Field Merit Award, California State University, Chico, CA (2009)
- George E. Corson Scholarship, California State University, Chico, CA (2009)
- 2008-2009 Outstanding Student Leader, College of Natural Sciences, California State University, Chico
Selected presentations and publications
- C Von Bartheld, M. Hagen, and R. Butowt. Prevalence of chemosensory dysfunction in COVID-19 patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis reveals significant ethnic differences. ACE Chemical Neuroscience.
- T Kuhn, W Willis, J Baccei, H Huppe, M Thompson, M Marschall, F Ratcliff, P Hopkinson, and J Bartolome. Management tools and framework for pack stock use and meadow monitoring in Yosemite Wilderness. Natural Resource Report NPS/YOSE/NRR-2018/1591. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.
- M Thompson, B Hopkins, D Crossley II, D Cristol, R Andrews, W Hopkins. Agricultural land use creates evolutionary traps for nesting turtles and is exacerbated by mercury pollution. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological and Integrative Physiology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jez.2198.
- M Thompson, B Hopkins, D Crossley II, D Cristol, R Andrews, W Hopkins. Major global changes interact to cause male-biased sex ratios in a reptile with temperature-dependent sex determination. Biological Conservation 222(2018):64-74.
- M Thompson, B Hopkins, J Congdon, D Stauffer, W Hopkins. Nesting ecology & habitat use of aquatic turtles ( Chelydra serpentina) in an area modified by agricultural & industrial activity. Journal of Herpetological Conservation and Biology 12(2017): 292-306.
- M Beck, M Thompson, W Hopkins. Repeatability and sources of variation of the bacteria-killing assay in the common snapping turtle. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological and Integrative Physiology, 327(5): 293-301.
- B Peoples, M Thompson, B Murphy. The journey of matriculation: a tool for developing learning through reflection. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching & Learning Journal 9(2):1-4.
- 2020 Nevada Public Health Association Meeting
- Poster presentation. Presentation entitled “Social Media Use and COVID-19: A Cross-Sectional Study Examining Health Behaviors, Knowledge, and Mental Health Among University of Nevada, Reno Students”.
- 2017 California/Nevada Amphibian Populations Task Force Meeting
- Oral presentation co-presented with R. Grasso. Presentation entitled “Restoration, Introduction, and Monitoring of Rare and Endangered Herpetofauna in Yosemite National Park”.
- 2016 California/Nevada Amphibian Populations Task Force Meeting
- Oral presentation. Presentation entitled “Intra-annual Reproductive Habitat Selection of the Yosemite Toad ( Anaxyrus canorus) and Drought Related Reproductive Failure”.
- 2015 Yosemite Toad Conservation Interagency Coordination Annual Meeting
- Oral presentation. Presentation entitled “Severe Drought & its impact on Habitat Availability, Habitat Use, and Cohort fate of the Yosemite Toad ( Anaxyrus canorus) in Yosemite National Park”.
- 2015 Virginia Tech Graduate Student Research Symposium
- Oral presentation. Presentation entitled “The impact of agricultural practices on nest microclimate & offspring phenotype in the aquatic turtle, Chelydra serpentina”; presentation to the Graduate Student Association and public on my thesis research findings.
2023 (anticipated) PhD in Public Health with specialization in Epidemiology
2017 MS in Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech
2010 BS in Biological Sciences, University of California, Chico