Stephanie started out in the Hopkins Lab as an undergraduate volunteer, examining incubation temperature effects on wood ducklings (Aix sponsa). She then participated in the FLeDGE undergraduate research experience during her senior year, examining maternal transfer of mercury in northern watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon) as it relates to offspring performance and learning.

Stephanie received her B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech in May 2012. Her broad research interests include anthropogenic effects on aquatic organisms and its conservation implications. She hopes to continue working with reptiles.

In 2013, Stephanie accepted a graduate position at the College of William and Mary, working with Dr. Dan Cristol. She received her Masters degree in 2015.

Stephanie Chin

Representative Publications

Coe, B.H., Beck, M.L.Chin, S.Y.Jachowski, C.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: 1-10.

Chin, S.Y., J.D. Willson, D.A. Cristol, D.V.V. Drewett, and W.A. Hopkins. 2013. Altered behavior of neonatal northern watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon) exposed to maternally transferred mercury. Environmental Pollution 176:144-150.

Hopkins, B.C., Chin, S.Y., Willson, J.D., and Hopkins, W.A. 2013. Like mother, like offspring: Maternal and offspring wound healing correlate in snakes. Journal of Experimental Biology 216:2545-2547.

Chin, S.Y., J.D. Willson, D.A. Cristol, D.V.V. Drewett, and W.A. Hopkins. 2013. High levels of maternally transferred mercury do not affect reproductive output or embryonic survival of northern watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 32:619-626.