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

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 an 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., Briggler, J.T., and Hopkins, W.A. In press. Artificial hellbender shelters: tools for conservation, monitoring and research. Pages XX-XX in S.C. Walls and K.M. O’Donnell, editors. Strategies for Conservation Success in Herpetology. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, University Heights, OH, USA.

Schmidt*, B.C., Spear, S.F., Tomi, A., and C. M. Bodinof Jachowski. 2021. Evaluating the efficacy of environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect an endangered freshwater mussel Lasmigona decorata (Bivalvia: Unionidae). Freshwater Science 40 (2): 354-367.

Millspaugh, J.J., Rota, C.T., Gitzen, R.A., Montgomery, R.A., Bonnot, T.W., Belant, J.L., Ayers, C.R., Kesler, D.C., Eads, D.A, and Bodinof Jachowski, C.M. 2020. Analysis of Resource Selection by Animals. In Population Ecology in Practice. Murray, D. L. and Sandercock, B.K. (eds). Wiley Blackwell Publishing.

Button, S.T., Bodinof Jachowski, C.M., Case, B.F. Groffen, J., and Hopkins, W.A. 2020. The influence of multiscale habitat variables and population density on artificial shelter use by hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis). Herpetologica 76(4):355-365.

Button, S.T., Hallagan, J.J., Bodinof Jachowski, C.M. Case, B.F., Groffen, J., and W.A. Hopkins, W.A. 2020. Weathering the storm: Improving the availability and stability of artificial shelters for hellbender salamanders. River Research and Applications 36:1944-1953.

Unger, S., Bodinof Jachowski, C.M., Diaz*, L. and Williams, L. 2020. Shelter guarding behavior of the eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) in North Carolina streams. Southeastern Naturalist 19(4):742-758.

Diaz*, L., Hernandez-Gomez, O., Unger, S., Williams, L., and Bodinof Jachowski, C.M. 2020. Prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in immature eastern hellbenders Cryptobranchus alleganiensis from North Carolina, USA. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 140: 73-78.

Clément, M.A., Barrett, K., Baldwin, R.F., Bodinof Jachowski, C.M., Carter, A., and Brinker, D. 2020. An unexpected backyard hunter: breeding Barred Owls exhibit plasticity in habitat selection along a development gradient. Urban Ecosystems,

Unger, S., Hull, Z.C., Diaz*, L, Groves, J.D., Williams, L.A., and Bodinof Jachowski, C. M. 2020. Underwater video cameras allow for detection of North American giant salamanders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) in both captive and wild streams. Aquaculture and Fisheries 6(1): 106-110.

Unger, S., Bodinof Jachowski, C., Diaz*, L., and Williams, L. 2020. Observations on habitat preference of juvenile eastern hellbender salamanders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis). Acta Ethologica.

Unger, S.D., Bodinof Jachowski, C., Diaz*, L., and Williams, L. 2020. Adult female eastern hellbender Cryptobranchus alleganiensis (Cryptobranchidae) conspecific cannibalism confirmed via DNA
barcoding. Herpetology Notes 13:169-170.

Bodinof Jachowski, C.M., Ross, B.E., and Hopkins, W.A. 2020. Evaluating artificial shelter arrays as a minimally invasive monitoring tool for the hellbender, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis. Endangered Species Research. 41: 167-181.

Unger, S.D., Williams, L.A., Diaz*, L., and Bodinof Jachowski, C.M. 2020. DNA barcoding to assess diet of larval eastern hellbenders in North Carolina. Food Webs 22: e00134.

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

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

Van Dyke, J., Jachowski, C.M.B., Steen, D., Jackson, B., and Hopkins, W.A. 2017. Spatial differences in trace element bioaccumulation in turtles exposed to a partially remediated coal fly-ash spill. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 36: 201-2011.

Jachowski, C.M.B., Millspaugh, J.J., and Hopkins, W.A. 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.

Coe, B.C., Drewett, D.V., Jachowski, C.M.B., and Hopkins, W.A. 2016. Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis (Eastern Hellbender). Terrestrial movement. Herpetological Review 47: 99-100.

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

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

Jachowski, C.M.B. and Hopkins, W.A. 2013. Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis (Eastern Hellbender). Aggregate Behavior. Herpetological Review 44: 292.

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

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

Hopkins, W.A., Bodinof**,C.M., Budischak,S., and Perkins, C. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bodinof**, C.M., Briggler, J.T., Duncan, M., Beringer, J., and Millspaugh, J.J. 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., Hopkins, W.A., Bodinof**, C.M., Budischak, S.A., Wada, H., and Unrine, J.M. 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., Bodinof**, C.M., Unrine, J.M., and Hopkins, W.A. 2010. Mercury accumulation along a contamination gradient and nondestructive indices of bioaccumulation in amphibians. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 29: 980-988.

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

*Student mentored
**Maiden surname


Article highlighting ongoing hellbender research