Sarah Bouchard

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Science Center 124

Department of Biology & Earth Science

Dr. Bouchard is a physiological ecologist who specializes in reptile and amphibian nutrition. She has a very active research lab, with undergraduates conducting projects both in Ohio and Panama. Her most recent students have examined developmental plasticity in amphibians pre- and post-metamorphosis. Dr. Bouchard teaches Ecology and Vertebrate Biology, as well as Gender and Biology for the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She is also an active part of Zoo and Conservation Science program.


  • Ph.D., Zoology, University of Florida, 2004
  • M.S., Zoology, University of Florida, 1998
  • B.A., Biology, Kalamazoo College, 1995

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Physiological Ecology
  • Wildlife Nutrition
  • Herpetology
  • Ecology
  • Gender and Biology


  • Bonifas, S.M. and S.S. Bouchard. 2021 Competition induces silver spoon effects in developing anuran larvae.  Hydrobiologia  848(6):1219-1230
  • Neptune, T.C. and S.S. Bouchard. 2020.  Predation and competition induce variable organ size tradeoffs in larval anurans.  Journal of Zoology.  312(3):193-204
  • Bouchard, S.S., O’Leary, C.J., Wargelin, L.J., Charbonnier, J.F., and K. Warkentin. 2016. Post-metamorphic carry-over effects of larval digestive plasticity. Functional Ecology. 30(3):379-388  DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12501
  • Bouchard, S.S., O’Leary, C.J., Wargelin, L.J., Rodriguez, W.B., Jennings, K.X., Warkentin K.M. 2015. Alternative competition-induced digestive strategies yield equal growth, but constrain compensatory growth in red-eyed treefrog larvae. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A Ecological Genetics and Physiology.  323(10):778-788 DOI: 10.1002/jez.1991
  • Bouchard, S.S., Murphy, A.K., and Berry, J.A. 2010. Non-additive dietary effects and ontogenetic diet shifts in slider turtles, Trachemys scriptaComparative Biochemistry and Physiology A-Molecular and Integrative Physiology Part A.  155:264-270.
  • Wallace, B.P., Sotherland, P.R., Tomillo, T.S., Bouchard, S.S., Reina, R.D., Spotila, J.R., and Paladino, F.V.  2006.  Egg components, egg size, and hatchling size in leatherback turtles. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A-Molecular and Integrative Physiology.  145:524-532.
  • Bouchard, S.S. and K.A. Bjorndal. 2006.  An investigation of nonadditive interactions between animal and plant diet items in an omnivorous freshwater turtle Trachemys scripta. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B-Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 144:77-85.
  • Bouchard, S.S. and K.A. Bjorndal.  2006. Ontogenetic diet shifts and digestive constraints in the omnivorous freshwater turtle Trachemys scripta. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.  79:150-158.
  • Bouchard, S. S. and K. A. Bjorndal.  2005.  Microbial fermentation in juvenile and adult yellow-bellied slider turtle, Trachymys scriptaJournal of Herpetology. 39:321-324.
  • Bouchard, S. S. and K. A. Bjorndal.  2000.  Sea turtles as biological transporters of nutrients and energy from marine to terrestrial ecosystems.  Ecology.  81:2305-2313.
  • McCauley, S.J., S. S. Bouchard, B. J. Farina, K. Isvaran, S. Quader, D. W. Wood, and C. M. St. Mary. 2000.  Energetic Dynamics and Anuran Breeding Phenology:  Insights from a Dynamic Game Model.  Behavioral Ecology.  11:429-436.