Cara N. Love

Ph.D. Ecology
Major Advisor: Stacey Lance

Professional Website


B.S. – Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

A.A. – Liberal Arts, Finger Lakes Community College

  • Society of Conservation Biology
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • Society for the Study of Evolution
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • American Genetics Association
  • Ecological Society of America
Research Interests
  • Population Ecology
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Radiation Ecology
  • Disease Ecology
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Ecotoxicology

Cara is studying human-mediated adaptation and resistance to stressors. Her research uses two model systems, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Belarus and the Savannah River Site, USA, to address the ecological implications of antrhopogenically-altered landscapes. Her research is interdisciplinary and incorporates epigenetic, genomics, landscape ecology, and disease ecology data to address these questions in a variety of wildlife.

Selected Publications

Schlichting P, Love CN, Webster SC, Beasley JC (2019) Efficiency and composition of vertebrate scavengers at the land-water interface in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Food Webs. 10.1016/j.fooweb.2018.e00107

Flynn RW, Love CN, Coleman A, Lance, SL (2018) Variation in amphibian metal tolerance associated with population exposure history. Aquatic Toxicology. 10.1016/j.aquatox.2018.12.009

Byrne M, Webster S, Lance S, Love CN, Hinton T, Shamovich D, Beasley JC. (2018) Evidence of long-distance dispersal of a gray wolf from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. European Journal of Wildlife Research. 10.1007/s10344-018-1201-2

Love CN, Winzeler ME, Beasley R, Nunziata SO, Scott DE, Lance SL. (2016) Patterns of amphibian infection prevalence across wetlands on the Savannah River Site, South Carolina, USA. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms.

Webster SC, Byrne ME, Lance SL, Love CN, Hinton T, Shamovich D, and Beasley JC (2016) Where the Wild Things Are: Influence of Radiation on the Distribution of Mammalian Species within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 10.1002/fee.1227

Bryan AL, Love CN, Mills GL, Borkhataria RR, and Lance SL (2014) Testing for associations between hematozoa infection and mercury in wading bird nestlings. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 1:222-226.

For a full publication list please visit Cara’s website