Knoxville Mercury Features Fitzpatrick in Mudpuppies Story

fitzpatrickThe Knoxville Mercury featured Benjamin Fitzpatrick, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, in this story about salamanders called mudpuppies. The salamanders got their name from making high-pitched whines when distressed.

Fitzpatrick and his collaborator, Stephen Nelson of the Knoxville Zoo, are on the hunt to discover new species to add to a genetic database they’re building. The discoveries could expand our understanding of southern geology and evolution.