Devin earned a B.S. in biology with minors in chemistry and history from the University of Pittsburgh (Oakland) in 2008. His interests in ecology were realized after working as an undergraduate assistant with Dr. Rick Relyea, where he worked with numerous aquatic species, including invertebrate predators, amphipods, snails, and tadpoles, and learned about ecological topics, such as phenotypic plasticity, eco-toxicology, and sexual selection among others.

During his time in the Relyea lab, Devin earned an NSF fellowship (Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship) which funded three experiments. Two of the experiments focused on the impact of Roundup Original MAX© herbicide on tadpole growth and survival, while the other was testing the lethality of Roundup Original MAX© on larval amphibians. His time spent as a laboratory technician was devoted to examining the lethal effects of the insecticide endosulfan to larval amphibians using lethal concentration tests.

While working on a Masters degree in the Hopkins Lab, Devin studied the effects of maternal transfer of mercury in snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) and its effect on hatching success among offspring. Due to their carnivorous diet, snapping turtles have the potential to accrue levels of mercury that may interfere with performance, reproduction, and survival. He also researched more reliable techniques to quantify total mercury bioaccumulation within snapping turtles. He assayed the levels of mercury within blood and tissue samples taken from multiple turtle species along the South River (Shenandoah River, VA) to examine how each species deals with mercury contamination.

In the summer of 2012, Devin accepted a Ph.D. position in Dr. Relyea’s lab; he is now studying at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

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Representative Publications

Jones, D.K., Hua, J., Relyea, R.A. 2016. Effects of endosulfan in freshwater pond communities. Freshwater Science 35(1):152-163.

Hua, J., Jones, D.K., Mattes, B.M., Cothran, R.D., Relyea, R.A., Hoverman, J.T. 2015. Evolved pesticide tolerance in amphibians: Predicting mechanisms based on pesticide novelty and mode of action. Environmental Pollution 206:56-63.

Jones, D.K., Relyea, R.A. 2015. Here today, gone tomorrow: Short-term retention of pesticide-induced tolerance in amphibians. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 34(10):2295-2301.

Hua, J., Jones, D.K., Mattes, B.M., Cothran, R.D., Relyea, R.A., Hoverman, J.T. 2015. The contribution of phenotypic plasticity to the evolution of insecticide tolerance in amphibian populations. Evolutionary Applications 8(6):586-596.

Hua, J., Jones, D.K., Relyea, R.A. 2014. Induced tolerance from a sublethal insecticide leads to cross-tolerance to other insecticides. Environmental Science and Technology 48(7):4078-4085.

Keiser, C.N., Jones, D.K., Modlmeier, A.P., Pruitt, J.N. 2014. Exploring the effects of individual traits and within-colony variation on task differentiation and collective behavior in an arid social spider. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 68(5):839-850.

Keiser, C.N., Modlmeier, A.P, Singh, N., Jones, D.K., Pruitt, J.N. 2014. Exploring how a shift in the physical environment shapes individual and group behavior across two social contexts. Ethology 120(8):825-833.

Hammond, J.I., D.K. Jones, P.R. Stephens, and R.A. Relyea. 2012. Phylogeny meets ecotoxicology: Evolutionary patterns of sensitivity to a common insecticide. Evolutionary Applications 5(6): 593-606.

Jones, D.K., J.I. Hammond, and R.A. Relyea. 2011. Competitive stress can make the herbicide Roundup® more deadly to larval amphibians. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 2:446-454.

Jones, D.K., J.I. Hammond, and R.A. Relyea. 2010. Roundup® and amphibians: The importance of concentration, application time, and stratification. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 29:2016-2025.

Jones, D. K., J. I. Hammond, and R. A. Relyea. 2009. Very highly toxic effects of endosulfan across nine species of tadpoles: Lag effects and family-level sensitivity. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 28:1939-1945.

Relyea, R. A., and D. K. Jones. 2009. The toxicity of Roundup Original MAX©to 13 species of larval amphibians. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 28:2004-2008.