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Recent Biology Graduate Student Thesis Research

  • Destiny Allgood (2016) - The management of coastal bermuda (Cynodon dactylon) and restoration of native vegetation in Attwater’s Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri) flight pens at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas. (Dr. Sudman)
  • Brandon Lingbeek (2016) - Arthropod diversity response to deforestation and desertification in the Sahel region of western Senegal.  (Co-Chairs Dr. Higgins and Dr. Muir)
  • Koy Regis (2016) - Allometry of sexual size dimorphism in turtles: a comparison of mass and length data.  (Dr. Meik)
  • Brandon Ruehle (2016) - Relationship between parasitism and life-history traits in two cyprinids with different reproductive strategies.  (Dr. Higgins)
  • Gwendolinn Telgenhoff (2016) - A retrospective analysis of factors affecting reproductive success of captive cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus, at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.  (Dr. Sudman)
  • Nathan Elrod (2015) - The use of silver nanoparticles to develop a Tacaribe virus vaccine in mice. (Dr. Speshock)
  • Erica Hammond (2015) - Assessment of various dairy cattle manure-based media for laboratory rearing of stable flies, Stomoxys calcitrans (L.).  (Dr. Rathburn)
  • Kelly Hammond (2015) - Aqueous plant extracts effect on Stomoxys calcitrans (L.) development.  (Dr. Rathburn)
  • Kryztal Medina-Torres (2015) - Taxonomic and functional changes in the metacommunity structure of stream-fish assemblages in Texas from 1988 - 2009.  (Dr. Higgins)
  • Jacob Owen (2015) - Ecological studies of squamate reptiles in northeastern Swaziland.  (Dr. Meik)
  • Caitlin Pyle (2015) – The initiation of a long term mammal survey at Palo Pinto Mountains State Park, Strawn, Texas.  (Dr. Higgins)
  • Wesley Wiegreffe (2015) - Territorial and nesting site characteristics of two members of the family Cardinalidae in the Texas Cross Timbers.  (Dr. Sudman)
  • Kristen Barnaby (2013) - Prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and the presence of inhibitory bacteria amongst anuran species of eastern Texas.  (Dr. Speshock)
  • Timothy Huebner (2013) - Population genetics of native and introduced populations of Harris mud crabs, Rhithropanopeaus harrisii, in Texas and Oklahoma.  (Dr. Pfau)
  • Callie Price (2013) - Spatial and temporal distributions of the spinose ear tick. Otobius megnini, within animal shelters at Fossil rim Wildlife Center.  (Co-chairs Dr. Higgins and Dr. Kattes)
  • Allison Love (2012) - Hybridization between blacktail and red shiner in the Bosque and Paluxy Rivers.  (Dr. Higgins)
  • Jeremy Munz (2012) - Reproductive ecology of cyprinids in the Paluxy River, Texas: an assemblage wide examination.  (Dr. Higgins)
  • Lee Richardson (2012) - Distribution and hybridization of eastern and western lineages of the cotton rat, Sigmodon hispidus, in Arkansas.  (Dr. Pfau)
  • Kelly Hibbeler (2012) - Variation in glassy-winged sharpshooter abundance inside and outside of vineyards in Central Texas.  (Co-chairs Dr. Nelson and Dr. Mitchell)
  • Paige Cowley (2012) - A two year flora and survey for rare species at Tarleton State University’s Hunewell Ranch, Erath County, TX.  (Dr. Nelson)
  • Ben Stevens (2012) - Diversity of the bacterial Genus Bartonella in the cotton rat (Sigmodon).  (Dr. Speshock)
  • Blake Myers (2011) - Development of a high throughput assay for genotyping Xylella fastidiosa subspecies using multiplex PCR.  (Co-chairs Dr. Rathburn and Dr. Brady)
  • Stephanie Painter (2011) - Using quantitative PCR (qPCR) to investigate a potential correlation between populations of the pathogenic amoeba Naegleria fowleri and the bacterium Escherichia coli within Lake Granbury, Texas.  (Dr. Pfau)
  • Ashley Kozora (2011) - Assessing the population genetic structure of Geomys arenarius using amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP).  (Dr. Sudman)
  • Karla Stone (2011) - Spatial and temporal variation in fish assemblage structure in the Paluxy River.  (Dr. Higgins)
  • David Davis (2010) - The effect of blood sampling on fledging success in White-eyed Vireo nestlings.  (Dr. Sudman)
  • Jessica Castaneda-Gill (2009) - Multilocus melt typing of Xylella fastidiosa subspecies using real-time PCR.  (Co-chairs Dr. Rathburn and Dr. Brady)
  • Jonathan King (2009) - Development and characterization of a Xylella fastidiosa strain collection.  (Co-chairs Dr. Rathburn and Dr. Brady)
  • Terry Johnson (2008) - Population genetics of the Texas mouse, Peromyscus attwateri.  (Dr. Pfau)
  • Samuel Kieschnick (2008) - Assessing population genetic structure of Baird's pocket gopher (Geomys breviceps) with amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP).  (Dr. Sudman)