College of Arts and Sciences

The Turtle Guy
Kevin McLane, a.k.a. “The Turtle Guy,” was recently featured in a News-Sentinel article. McLane, a graduate student in COAS’s Department of Biology, hopes to work in wildlife management or conservation after graduating. His current research focuses on the Fort Wayne rivers’ ecosystems. To this end, McLane is studying the St. Joe River’s snapping turtle population, which he believes is an indicator of a river’s health. He caught and fitted snapping turtles with transmitters, recording their movements with a specialized computer program. McLane plans to place data in a web-based database so that other researchers can use his findings in their own projects. For the full story, read The News-Sentinel’s article on Kevin McLane and the snapping turtles here.

The Environmental Resource Center
McLane’s faculty supervisor is Professor Bruce Kingsbury, director of IPFW’s Environmental Resources Center (ERC). The ERC is dedicated to fostering research that focuses on the natural resources of Fort Wayne and the surrounding area. The center was created to foster hands on research and to help the Fort Wayne community better understand its own ecosystem and how to protect it. To learn more about the ERC, visit their website, facebook page, or email Professor Kingsbury at