Cathy Bodinof Jachowski

Assistant Professor
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department

Office: 248 Lehotsky
Phone: 864-656-2849
Personal Website:


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Virginia Tech 2016

M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
University of Missouri 2010

B.S. Environmental Science
Georgetown College 2001

 Courses Taught

Wildlife Biology (WFB 3000) - spring semesters
Wildlife Management Techniques (WFB 4100/6100) - fall semesters
Methods for Monitoring Stream Amphibians Creative Inquiry (FNR 4700 007) - select semesters
Hellbender Ecology Creative Inquiry (FNR 4700 043) - select semesters
Alligator Ecology Creative Inquiry (FNR 4700 044) - select semesters

Wildlife Resource Selection (WFB 8610) - odd fall semesters


My research is broadly focused on developing a mechanistic understanding of how and why freshwater species respond to environmental alterations. This includes improving our understanding of species-habitat associations and understanding individual-level and population-level responses to habitat alteration. I work primarily in stream ecosystems and with a range of species including amphibians, reptiles, fish, and invertebrates. I have been involved in research related to ecology and conservation of the hellbender salamander (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) for 15+ years.

 Research Interests

Stream ecology, amphibian and reptile ecology, hellbender ecology and conservation, population ecology, animal physiology, and movement


Bodinof Jachowski, C. M., B. E. Ross, and W. A. Hopkins. In press. Evaluating artificial shelter arrays as a minimally invasive monitoring tool for the hellbender. Endangered Species Research

Unger, S., L. A. Williams, L. Diaz, and C. M. B. Jachowski. In press. DNA barcoding to assess diet of larval eastern hellbenders in North Carolina. Food Webs.

Bodinof Jachowski, C.M.B., J.T. Briggler, and W.A. Hopkins. In press. Artificial hellbender shelters: tools for conservation, monitoring and research. In Strategies for Conservation Success in Herpetology. Walls, S.C. and O’Donnell, K.M. (eds). Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles Herpetological Conservation Series.

Millspaugh, J.J., C.T. Rota, R.A. Gitzen, R.A. Montgomery, T.W. Bonnot, J.L. Belant, C.R. Ayers, D.C. Kesler, D.A. Eads, and C.M. Bodinof Jachowski. In press. Analysis of Resource Selection by Animals. In Population Ecology in Practice: Underused, Misused and Abused Methods. Murray, D. L. and Sandercock, B.K. (eds). Wiley Blackwell Publishing.

Unger, S. D., Williams, L. A., Williams, G. G., and C. M. Bodinof Jachowski. 2019. Cryptobranchus alleganiensis (Hellbender). Egg Predation. Herpetological Review 50: 109-110.

Froehly, J. L., Tegeler, A. K., Bodinof Jachowski, C. M. and D. S. Jachowski. 2019. Effects of scale and land cover on loggerhead shrike occupancy. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 83(2), pp.426-434.

Bodinof Jachowski, C. M. and W. A. Hopkins. 2018. Loss of catchment-wide riparian forest cover is associated with reduced recruitment in a long-lived amphibian. Biological Conservation. 220: 215-227.

Van Dyke, J., C. M. B. Jachowski, D. Steen, B. Jackson, and W. A. Hopkins. 2017. Spatial differences in trace element bioaccumulation in turtles exposed to a partially remediated coal fly-ash spill. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 36: 201-211.

Jachowski, C. M. B. 2016. Effects of land use on hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) at multiple levels and efficacy of artificial shelters as a monitoring tool. Doctoral Dissertation. Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech.

Jachowski, C. M. B., J. J. Millspaugh, and W. A. Hopkins. 2016. Current land use is a poor predictor of hellbender occurrence: why assumptions matter when predicting distributions of data deficient species. Diversity and Distributions 22: 865-880.

Hopkins, W. A., J. A. Fallon, M. Beck, B. H. Coe, and C. M. B. Jachowski. 2016. Haematological and immunological characteristics of eastern hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) infected and co-infected with endo- and ectoparasites. Conservation Physiology 4: doi:10.1093/conphys/cow00.

Coe, B. H., M. L. Beck, S. Y. Chin, C. M. B. Jachowski, and W. A. Hopkins. 2015. Local variation in weather conditions influences incubation behavior and temperature in a passerine bird. Journal of Avian Biology 46(4): 385-394.

Jachowski, D.S., C. M. B. Jachowski, and W. M. Ford. 2014. Is white-nose syndrome causing insectivory release and altering ecosystem function in the eastern US? Bat Research News 55: 21-24.

Ayers, C. R., J. L. Belant, C. M. B. Jachowski, J. T. Briggler, and J. J. Millspaugh. 2013. Relating resource use to body condition and survival of Ozark hellbenders Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi. Endangered Species Management 21: 205-213.

Rota, C. T., J. J. Millspaugh, D. C. Kesler, C. Lehman, M. Rumble, and C. M. B. Jachowski. 2013. A re-evaluation of the modified case-control model for use in resource selection studies. Journal of Animal Ecology. 82(6): 1165-73.

Hopkins, W. A., C. M. Bodinof*, S. Budischak, and C. Perkins. 2013. Nondestructive indices of mercury exposure in three species of turtles occupying different trophic niches downstream from a former chloralkali facility. Ecotoxicology 22: 22-32.

Bodinof*, C.M., J. T. Briggler, R. E. Junge, J. Beringer, M. D. Wanner, C. D. Schuette, J. Ettling, R. A. Gitzen, and J. J. Millspaugh. 2012. Postrelease movements of captive-reared Ozark hellbenders. Herpetologica 68(2): 160-173.

Bodinof*, C.M., J. T. Briggler, R. E. Junge, T. Mong, J. Beringer, M. D. Wanner, C. D. Schuette, J. Ettling, and J. J. Millspaugh. 2012. Survival and body condition of captive-reared juvenile Ozark hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi) following translocation. Copeia 2012(1): 150-159.

Bodinof*, C. M., J. T. Briggler, R. E. Junge, J. Beringer, M. D. Wanner, C. D. Schuette, J. Ettling, and J. J. Millspaugh. 2012. Habitat attributes associated with short-term settlement of Ozark hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi) salamanders following translocation to the wild. Freshwater Biology 57(1): 178-192.

Millspaugh, J. J., D. C. Kesler, R. W. Kays, R. A. Gitzen, J. H. Schulz, C. T. Rota, C. M. Bodinof*, J. L. Belant, and B. J. Keller. 2012. Wildlife radiotelemetry and remote monitoring, pp.258-283 in The Wildlife Techniques Manual Vol.1: Research, N. J. Silvy, ed. 7th edition. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Millspaugh, J. J., R. A. Gitzen, J. L. Belant, R. W. Kays, B. J. Keller, D. C. Kesler, C. T. Rota, J. H. Schulz, and C. M. Bodinof*. 2012. Analysis of radiotelemetry data, pp. 480-501 in The Wildlife Techniques Manual Vol.1: Research, N. J. Silvy, ed.7th edition. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Browne, R.K., L. Hong, D. McGinnity, S. Okada, W. Zhenghuan, C. M. Bodinof*, K. J. Irwin, A. McMillan, and J. T. Briggler. 2011. Survey techniques for giant salamanders and other aquatic Caudata. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(4): 1-16.

Bodinof*, C. M., J. T. Briggler, M. Duncan, J. Beringer, and J. J. Millspaugh. 2011. Historic occurrence of the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in hellbender Cryptobranchus alleganiensis populations from Missouri. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 96: 1-11.

Bergeron, C. M., W. A. Hopkins, C. M. Bodinof*, S. A. Budischak, H. Wada, and J. M. Unrine. 2011. Counterbalancing effects of maternal mercury exposure during different stages of early ontogeny in American toads. Science of the Total Environment 409: 4746-4752.

Bergeron, C. M., C. M. Bodinof*, J. M. Unrine, and W. A. Hopkins. 2010. Mercury accumulation along a contamination gradient and nondestructive indices of bioaccumulation in amphibians. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 29: 980-988.

Bergeron, C. M., C. M. Bodinof*, J. M. Unrine, and W. A. Hopkins. 2010. Bioaccumulation and maternal transfer of mercury and selenium in amphibians. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 29: 989-997.

*Indicates maiden name


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