I am currently a post-doctoral research assistant working in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) at Purdue University. Working with John “Barney” Dunning (FNR), Jeff Holland in the Entomology Department at Purdue, Keith Summerville at Drake University, and Patrick Ruhl (FNR), I am performing a community ecology analysis of the impacts of removing coarse woody debris after a timber harvest. Our communities include populations of moths, salamanders, and volant beetles (long-horned and jewel species). I am also looking for a new position, as the grant from the Sun Grant Initiative that funds this exciting project ends at the end of April. I envision myself in another post-doctoral position, as a visiting or full-time lecturer in the biological sciences, or as an assistant professor. I would also be happy to work in an agency as a wildlife scientist. In the meantime, I’m working on getting a manuscript for this project written, in addition to a manuscript from my PhD dissertation that requires a bit of data analysis at this time.
Previous research projects include investigating coyote mating and social systems with genetics (Masters at Ohio State), and detecting the impacts of interstate highways on gene flow of six common terrestrial mammals in Indiana (PhD at Purdue). Please see my publications page for further information.
My full name is Cecilia Hennessy LaBonte (or LaBonté, for correct pronunciation), but because I had already published a few papers under my original name (Cecilia Hennessy), I decided to use that moving forward as my academic moniker. Also, it could help distinguish my husband from myself, should we end up in the same department together in the future (“Hi, I’m looking for Dr. LaBonte?” “Sure, which one?”).