Share this page:

Kimberly Terrell

Research Associate
B.S., Tulane University; Ph.D., University of New Orleans

Kimberly Terrell is a research associate for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and adjunct faculty at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Terrell's research brings her everywhere from the ancient mountains of Appalachia and the buggy swamps of southeast Louisiana. These two very different landscapes surprisingly have a lot in common. They are both loaded with frogs and salamanders! Kim is interested in how these amphibians will be affected by climate change and habitat loss.

Terrell is a 2011 David H. Smith Fellow and a lifetime member of the Society for Conservation Biology. As a postdoctoral researcher at the SCBI, Terrell led the Appalachian Salamander Conservation and Education program. She helped develop a state-of-the-art salamander lab at the National Zoo’s Reptile Discovery Center. Although salamanders are NOT reptiles, you can watch research in action and learn about salamander conservation at this on-exhibit laboratory.
Terrell began working with the Smithsonian as a doctoral student in 2006 through a partnership with the University of New Orleans. Her doctoral research focused on cheetah reproductive physiology. She quickly realized that there are far more interesting and understudied species in the world besides fuzzy carnivores. Terrell began studying salamanders as a post-doctoral researcher at the National Zoo and is now a champion for the slimy, crawling and under-appreciated denizens of your backyard.
Recent Papers: 
Savage, Anna E., Terrell, Kimberly A., Gratwicke, Brian, Mattheus, Nichole M., Augustine, Lauren and Fleischer, Robert C. 2016. Reduced immune function predicts disease susceptibility in frogs infected with a deadly fungal pathogen. Conservation Physiology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/conphys/cow011
Terrell, Kimberly A., Crosier, Adrienne E., Wildt, David E., O'Brien, Stephen J., Anthony, Nicola M., Marker, Laurie and Johnson, Warren E. 2016. Continued decline in genetic diversity among wild cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) without further loss of semen quality. Biological Conservation, 192-199. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.05.034
Bales, Emma K., Hyman, Oliver J., Loudon, Andrew H., Harris, Reid N., Lipps, Gregory, Chapman, Eric, Roblee, Kenneth, Kleopfer, John D. and Terrell, Kimberly A. 2015. Pathogenic Chytrid Fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, but Not B. salamandrivorans, Detected on Eastern Hellbenders. PloS One, 1-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0116405

Projects