As a herpetologist I’m interested in the biology, evolution, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles.  Current projects in my lab include looking very closely at sea turtles and their swimming behaviors and patterns of movement. By doing this my colleagues and I have discovered new species of marine organisms and we are trying to better understand how and why these attach to sea turtles.  My research lab is also interested in examining historical records of amphibians and reptiles, and works with museum collections world-wide as well as with the H.G. Dowling Herpetological Collection housed here at WCSU.  These records are used to look through the lense of past herpetologists and naturalists to improve models of historical change in biodiversity and land use.

Meet the Team


Amanda Moline’ 23

Amanda Moline is a part-time student and works as a Laboratory Technician in the Pinou Herpetology Lab. She also works full-time at Lesserevil Snack Foods as their R&D and Quality Assurance Specialist. Amanda love hiking and being outdoors her my free time.

Hannah Daly

Hannah Daly is an undergraduate student at WCSU in the Pinou Lab. The majority of her research lies in marine interspecies relationships, having spent her time in Sarasota, Florida working with Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in their sea turtle tagging team. Hannah is also an althete playing soccer for WCSU.

Lab Alumni

Molly McMahon’ 21

Molly McMahon was a laboratory student under Dr. Pinou while earning her B.A. in Biology, Professional Concentration as a Pre-Vet student. Through working with Dr. Pinou, Molly was able to write and publish a paper analyzing past epibiont data, work with sea turtles in the field, and collect epibionts for future study. Molly now attends the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and is a DVM candidate in the Class of 2025.

Students in Action

Relevant Publications:

Pinou, T.,Prunier, R., Bresson, M, Enciso, I, Franciso, J., Trejo, A., DiGiovanni, R. A., Robinson, N.J. (2018).  Repeated sampling adds to the genetic diversity of Lepidochelys olivacea (Eschscholtz 1829) Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. Journal of Natural History 52: 2899-2917, DOI:10.1080/00222933.2018.1557755.

Majewska, R., Ashworth, M.P., Lazo-Wasem, E, Robinson, N.J., Rojas, L., Van de Vijver, B., and Pinou, T. (2018).  Craspedostauros alatus sp. nov., a new diatom species found on museum sea turtle specimens. Diatom Research 33(2): 229-240. DOI: 10.1080/0269249X.2018.1491426

Robinson, N. J., Gatto, Christopher, Figgener, Lazo-Wasem, E., Paladino, F., Tomillo, P., Zardus, and Pinou, T. (2017). Assessing potential limitations when characterizing the epibiota of marine megafauna: effect of gender, sampling location, and inter-annual variation on the epibiont communities of olive ridley sea turtles. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 497: 71-77. 


Sampling Protocol

Data Sheet