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Nicole Freidenfelds
Visiting Assistant Extension Educator
NRCA Program Coordinator

Department of Natural Resources & the Environment

University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, U-4087
Storrs, CT 06269-4087

Office: Young 230
Phone: (860) 486-6933
Fax: (860) 486-5408


M.S. 2006 University of New Hampshire, Natural Resources
B.S. 2001 Eastern Connecticut State University, Biology

Outreach Activities

I coordinate the Conservation Training Partnerships program, housed within UConn’s Natural Resources Conservation Academy. This collaborative program teaches teen and adult volunteer teams how to apply geospatial technology tools toward local conservation projects in their own community. Our partners include faculty and staff from the Center for Land Use Education & Research (CLEAR), the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CESE), and the Neag School of Education. In my role as program coordinator, I work with land trusts, non-profit organizations, and municipal agencies to mentor/advise many unique and varied intergenerational conservation projects throughout the state. 

Selected Publications

MacLeod, K.J, N.A. Freidenfelds, G.M. Leighton, and T. Langkilde. 2019. Tree selection is linked to locomotor performance and associated noise production in a lizard. Journal of Zoology. 307(3):195-202. 

Gallagher, A.J., P.F. Trull, M.S. Faherty, N. Freidenfelds, J. Heimbuch and M.J. Cherry. 2019. Predatory behaviors of coyotes (Canis latrans) living in coastal ecosystems. Ethology Ecology & Evolution. 31(2):198-204.

Urban, M.C., J.L. Richardson, N.A. Freidenfelds, D.L. Drake, J.F. Fischer and P.P. Saunders. 2017. Microgeographic adaptation of wood frog tadpoles and potential evolutionary resilience to an expanding predator. Copeia. 105(3):451-461.

Graham, S.P., N.A. Freidenfelds, C.J. Thawley, T.R. Robbins and T. Langkilde. 2017. Are Invasive Species Stressful? The Glucocorticoid Profile of Native Lizards Exposed to Invasive Fire Ants Depends on the Context. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 90(3):328-337. 
Snyder, K.T., N.A. Freidenfelds and T.E.X. Miller. 2014. Consequences of sex-selective harvesting and harvest refuges in experimental meta-populations. Oikos. 123:309–314. 

Urban, M.C., J.L. Richardson and N.A. Freidenfelds. 2014. Plasticity and genetic adaptation mediate amphibian and reptile responses to climate change. Evolutionary Applications. 7:88–103. 

Robbins, T.R., N.A. Freidenfelds and T. Langkilde. 2013. Native predator eats invasive toxic prey: evidence for increased incidence of consumption rather than aversion-learning. Biological Invasions. 15:407–415. 

Freidenfelds, N.A. 2012. Natural history notes: Acris crepitans (Northern Cricket Frog). Fire Ant Envenomation. Herpetological Review 43:117.

Freidenfelds, N.A., T. Robbins and T. Langkilde. 2012. Evading invaders: the effectiveness of a behavioral response. Behavioral Ecology 23:659–664.

Graham, S.P., N.A. Freidenfelds, G.M. McCormick and T. Langkilde. 2012. The impacts of invaders: Basal and acute stress glucocorticoid profiles and immune function in native lizards threatened by invasive ants. General and Comparative Endocrinology 176:400–408. 

Freidenfelds, N.A., J.L. Purrenhage and K. Babbitt. 2011. The effects of clearcuts and forest buffer size on post-breeding emigration of adult wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus). Forest Ecology and Management 261:2115–2122.

Langkilde, T. and N.A. Freidenfelds. 2010. Consequences of envenomation: red imported fire ants have delayed effects on survival but not growth of native fence lizards. Wildlife Research 37:566–573.
Freidenfelds, N.A. and T. Langkilde. 2009. Natural history notes: Sceloporus undulatus (Eastern Fence Lizard). Diet. Herpetological Review 40:439.

Lance, S.L., C. Hagen, T.C. Glenn, N.A. Freidenfelds and T. Langkilde. 2009. Development and characterization of seventeen polymorphic microsatellite loci in the eastern fence lizard, Sceloporus undulatus. Conservation Genetics Resources 1:233–236. 

Skelly, D.K., S.R. Bolden, L.K. Freidenburg, N. Freidenfelds, and R. Levey. 2007. Ribeiroia infection is not responsible for Vermont amphibian deformities. EcoHealth 4:156–163. 

Skelly, D. K., S.R. Bolden, M.P. Holland, L.K. Freidenburg, N.A. Freidenfelds, and T.R. Malcolm. 2006. Urbanization and disease in amphibians. in Collinge, S.K., and C. Ray, (eds.). Disease Ecology: Community structure and pathogen dynamics. Oxford University Press. 264 p.


Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4087
Phone: 860-486-2840