UT Tyler

UT Tyler Department of Biology

Current Graduate Students

Current Graduate Students

 

Kathy Barthel, B.S. in Biology, The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Marnie Rout and Dr. Josh Banta

Research Interests: I am interested in conservation genetics, conservation of natural habitats, ecology and microbiomes. I am currently researching the microbial interactions in invasive Johnsongrass.

Email: kbarthel@patriots.uttyler.edu 

 

Ashley Broadbent, B.S. in Biology, The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. John Placyk

Email: Abroadbent@uttyler.edu

 

Beatrice Calvo, B.S. in Biology, The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Ali Azghani

Email: bcalvo@patriots.uttyler.edu

 

Bridget Fitzgerald, B.A. Behavioral Neuroscience, University of San Diego

Advisor: Dr. Brent Bill

Research Interests: I am interested in using the Zebrafish as medical model for investigating cancer treatment methods as well as candidate genes for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Email: bfitzgerald4@patriots.uttyler.edu      

 

Elizabeth Hinkle, B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Philosophy, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Research Interests: I am interested in freshwater and anadromous fish conservation. I am currently researching the reproductive ecology of a state-listed freshwater mussel species and its host fish.

Email: ehinkle@patriots.uttyler.edu

 

Danielle Joerger, B.S.

Advisor: Dr. Srini Kambhampati

Email: djoerger@patrtiots.uttyler.edu           

 

Nevada King, B.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Riqing Yu

Email: nking8@patriots.uttyler.edu

 

Ava Laszlo, B.S.

Advisor: Dr. Joshua Banta

Email: alaszlo@patriots.uttyler.edu

 

Alan Lizarraga, B.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Srini Kambhampati

Email: alizarraga@uttyler.edu

 

Jade McCarley, B.S. in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science with a concentration in Wildlife Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University

Advisor: Dr. Lance Williams

Research Interests: Currently I am focused on gathering data needed to list the data deficient Kisatchie Painted Crayfish. I am interested in species of high conservation concern. Ultimately, I want to work with exotic wildlife as a veterinarian.

Email: jmccarley@patriots.uttyler.edu

 

Rachel Romo, B.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Kate Hertweck and Dr. Katrin Kellner

Research Interests: I am interested in the conservation of natural habitats.

Email: rromo@patriots.uttyler.edu

 

Sara Rumbelow, B.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Lance Williams

Email: srumbelow@uttyler.edu

 

Sarah F. Senula, B.S. in Biological Sciences, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Advisor: Dr. Jon Seal

Research Interests: Ecology, behavior, microbiomes; specifically looking at the symbiotic relationships of fungus-gardening ants.

Email: ssenula@patriots.uttyler.edu

 

 

 

Former Graduate Students

 

2017

 

Mattea Allert, B.S. in Biology with an Emphasis in Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Advisor: Dr. Jon Seal

Research Interests: I am interested in looking at different components of the symbiotic relationship of fungus-gardening ants.

Thesis: Microbiome Analysis of Two Sympatric Fungus-Gardening Ants, Trachymyrmex septentrionalis and Trachymyrmex turrifex

 

Larrimy Brown, B.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. John Placyk

Research Interests: Aquatic Ecology, Crayfish, Evolutionary Biology, and Conservation

Thesis: Phylogenetic and ecological analysis of two populations of the Kitsatchie Painted Crayfish, Orconectes maleate (Decapoda: Cambaridae)

 

Jared Dickson, B.S. in Biology, The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Srini Kambhampati

Research Interests: Mussel Ecology

Thesis:

 

Derek Draper, B.S. in Biology, Cellular Track, Schreiner University

Advisor: Dr. Ali Azghani

Research Interests: Biomedical and more specifically oncological research

Thesis: Cloning and expression of Pseudomonas aeruginosa elastase for elucidating the pathophysiological effect on lung tissue.

 

Janey Dudley, B.S. in Biology, The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Lance Williams 

Thesis: Temporal dynamics of fish and macroinvertebrate assemblages on military land in western Louisiana.

 

Andrew Glen, B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, University of Missouri

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Research Interests: I am interested in the conservation of freshwater ecosystems through demographic and ecology-based research.

Thesis: Examining the relationship between mesohabitats and freshwater mussels in an East Texas River.

 

Elyse Kite, B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA

                 with a Minor in Asian American Studies

Advisor: Dr. Brent Bill

Thesis: Neural expression and function of autism candidate genes in Zebrafish

 

Julia Norrell, B.S. in Biology Texas A&M University Corpus-Christi

Advisor: Dr. Joshua Banta

Research Interests: Botany, plant conservation

Thesis: Differentiating the Neches river rose mallow (Hibiscus dasycalyx) from its congeners by means of phylogenetics and population genetics.

 

Andrea Ortiz, B.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Kate Hertweck

Research Interests: I am investigating how polyploidy and hybridization influences plant distribution using ecological niche modeling and computational tools like RStudio.

Thesis:

 

Charles Pratt, B.S.,

Advisor: Dr. Srini Kambhampati

Thesis: Reevaluating the occurance and phylogeny of the pigtoe unionid mussel Fusconaia askewi, Fusconaia lananensis, Fusconaia flava, and Pleurobema riddelli in Texas.

 

Maura Purcell, B.S., California State University Chico

Advisor: Dr. Riqing Yu

Research Interests: Microbial Ecology and Agricultural Management

Thesis:

 

Cassie Vaughan, B.S.,

Advisor: Dr. Lance Williams

Thesis: The role of tributaries in structuring mussel communities

 

Matthew Wolkoff, B.S., in Psychology, America University

Advisor: Dr. Srini Kambhampati

Research Interests: Phlebotomine sand flies and other arthropod disease vectors.

Thesis:

 

 

 

2016

 

Mitch Barazowski, B.S. in Animal Ecology, Iowa State University

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford        

Research Interests: I am interested in the spatial ecology and behavior of reptiles.

Thesis: Integrating Habitat Suitability Modeling and Radio Telemetry to Describe Habitat Use of the Western Massasaugas, Sistrurus t. tergeminus, in Texas.

 

Steve Hein, B.A. McDaniel College

Advisor: Dr. John Placyk

Thesis: An Integrative Approach to Species Delimitation in the Massasauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus) with an Emphasis on the Western Massasauga, S. C. Teregeminus, and Desert Massasauga, S. C. Edwardsii in Texas.

 

Edith Plants-Paris, B.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: Population Dynamics and Genetic Differentiation of the Threatened Freshwater Mussel Species Fusconaia askewi, Fusconaia lananensis and Pleurobema riddellii.

 

Gretta M. Sharp, B.S., in Bioenvironmental Sciences & Soil Chemistry, Texas A&M College Station

Advisor: Dr. Blake Bextine

Thesis: Exploration of Chemical and Biological Management Strategies for Diaphornia citri the Primary Vector of Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus.

 

 

2015

 

Erin Bertram, B.S., Central Michigan University

Advisor: Dr. Lance Williams

Thesis: Confirmation of Potential Cyprind Hosts for State Threatened Freshwater Mussels of East Texas

 

Alex DeMilto, B.S. Arizona State University

Advisor: Dr. Jon Seal

Thesis: Lignocellulose Metabolism in a Fungus-Gardening Ant Symbiosis

 

Justin Hernandez

Advisor: Dr. Lance Williams

Thesis: Ecological Niche Modeling of Pteronotrophis hubbsi, the Bluehead Shiner: Evaluating the Effects of Spatial Filtering and Maxent Features Across Various Spatial Extents

 

Kayla Key, B.S. The University of Tennessee at Martin

Advisor: Dr. John Placyk

Thesis: Using Ecological Niche Modeling and Genetics to Evaluate the Conservation Status of the Texas Gartersnake, Thamnophis sirtalis annectens

 

Amalia Lopez, B.S. and Licentiate in Biology, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

Advisor: Dr. Blake Bextine

Thesis:  Bactericera cockerelli (Hemiptera: Triozidae): Nearly Complete Mitochondrial Genome, Single Mitochondrial Genes and Complete Mitochondrial Genome Comparison, and insecticide resistance genes of Potato Psyllid Population form North America

 

Bidisha Pal, B.Tech, Amity University, India

Advisor: Dr. Ali Azghani

Thesis: Pseudomonas aeruginosa elastase induces Reconstructing of Actin Cytoskeleton by Phosphorylation of RhoA Proteins

 

Chissa Rivaldi, B.S. in Biology, The University of Texas at Austin

Advisor: Dr. Blake Bextine

Thesis: Triatominae (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) in Texas: Mitochondrial Genome Assembly, Trypanosma cruzi detection, and bacterial Community Analysis

 

Megan Rudolph, B.S.

Advisor: Dr. Blake Bextine

Thesis: Management of Solenopsis invicta and Nylanderia fulva

 

Patrick Rydzak, B.S. Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston

Advisor: Dr. Blake Bextine

Thesis: Manipulation of the Solenopsis invicat Virus-1 by RNA Interferene in the Red Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), and Examination of Differing micro RNA Expression

 

Melody Sain, B.S., The University of Tennessee at Martin

Advisor: Dr. Josh Banta

Thesis: Distinguishing the Neches River Rose Mallow, Hibiscus dasycalyx, from its Congeners using DNA Sequencing Data and Niche Modeling Methods

 

Bijaya Sharma, B.S. (Biotechnology), Purbanchal University, Nepal

Advisor: Dr. Blake Bextine

Thesis:  RNA interference: Potato/Tomato Psyllid, Bactericera cockerelli Oral Delivery of a Double-Stranded RNAi Construct

 

Lindsey Griffin, B.S., Austin College

Advisor: Dr. Lance Williams

Thesis: Determining Best Practices for Freshwater Mussel Relocation using Burrowing and Behavior

 

Daniel Symonds, B.S., SUNY - ESF

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: Importance of Tributary Data for Evaluating Rare East Texas Mussel, Niche Models, and Community Structure

 

 

2014

 

Austin Alleman, B.S., The University of Texas of Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Srini Kambhampati

Thesis: Blattabacterium Genome: Structure, Function and Evolution.

 

Justin Dalrymple, B.S. in biology, Boston College

Advisor: Dr. Josh Banta

Thesis: A Description of Tolerance to Apical Meristem Damage in Wild Populations of Arabidopsis thaliana and its Genetic Basis

 

Kurt Felix, B.S. The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Lance Williams

Thesis:

 

Nate Marshall, B.S. in zoology, The Ohio State University

Advisor: Dr. John Placyk

Thesis: Identification of potential fish hosts from wild populations of state-threatened East Texas freshwater mussels using a molecular identification data set.

 

 

2013

 

Alex Arp, B.S., Kent State University (Zoology)

Advisor: Dr. Blake Bextine

Thesis: Bactericera cockerelii range expansion, Candidatus liberibacter solanaraerum detection and microbial community analysis.

 

David Bakken, B.S., Indiana University

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: Recruitment and survival of post-parasitic juvenile mussels in an East Texas river.

 

Anna Biesbrock, B.S., California State University, Fresno

Advisor: Dr. Blake Bextine

Thesis: Propagation of Homolodisca coagulate virus -01 Homoalodisca vitripennis cell culture

 

David Ford, B.S. Louisiana Scholar’s College

Advisor: Dr. Lance Williams

Thesis: Ground-truthing Maxent in East Texas Rivers.

 

Kirian Heffentrager, B.S., Penn State University (Wildlife and fisheries sciences)

Advisor: Dr. Lance Williams
Thesis:  Utilizing Maxent in improve and explain a species distribution model for freshwater mussel species in East Texas.

 

Kaitlyn Pettingill, B.S., University Wisconsin at Eau Claire
Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford
Thesis:  Physiological consequeneces of compensatory growth: a look at snake species exhibiting sexual size dimorphism.

 

 

2012

 

Omar Castillo, B.S. in Biology (Concentration: Microbiology), University of Texas at San Antonio

Advisor: Dr. Ali Azghani

Thesis: Cellular mechanisms of parthenogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

 

Jeremy Chamberlain, B.S., in Biology from Iowa State University; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: Stochastic life-history variation in populations of western ribbon snakes (Thamnophis proximus) in East Texas.

 

 

Katie Chamberlain, B.S., in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. John S. Placyk, Jr.

Thesis: Effects of the herbicide atrazine on the behavior of the checkered gartersnake (Thamnophis marcianus).

 

Rebekah Chapman, B.S., Northern Michigan University; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Blake Bextine

Thesis:  Population genetics of the potato Psyllid, Bactericera cockerelli.

 

Ashley Dunithan, B.S., Ball State University; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Lance Williams

Thesis:  Using Ecological Niche Modeling to Predict Occurrence of Rare Fish and Unionid Mussels in East Texas.

 

Daniel Goodding, B.S., Morningside College (Sioux City, IA); M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: Influence of substrate and hydraulic variables on habitat preferences of a sculptured and an unsculptured freshwater mussel. 

 

Bradley Martin, B.S., The University of Texas at Tyler; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. John S. Placyk, Jr.

Thesis: Molecular phylogenetics and phylogeography of the American box turtle (Terrepene spp.).

 

Christopher S. Samuelson, B.A., Liberal Arts New School for Social Research N.Y. N.Y. ; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Jim Koukl

Thesis:  Movement patterns in resident and translocated Three-toed box turtles (Terrepene caolina triunguis).

 

Julia Sonn, B.S., The University of Arkansas; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Troy Anderson

Thesis: Influence of Agricultural stream habitat alterations on mosquitos and amphibians: patterns, processes, and predictions.

 

 

2011

 

Jamie L. Cantrell, B.S., University of Southern Mississippi; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. John Playck & Dr. Darrell Pogue
Thesis:

 

Henry L. Schreiber IV, B.S., in Cell and Molecular Biology from Tulane University; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Blake R. Bextine

Thesis: Genetic analysis of the prophage regions of a phytopathogenic bacterium.

 

 

2010

 

Sheri A. Sanders, B.S., in Environmental Science & Management and Zoology, Michigan State University; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. John Placyk

Thesis:  Ecological, morphological and molecular phylogenetic analyses of the pseudogeographica subgroup (Genus: Graptemys).

 

Matthew J. Troia, B.S., University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler
Advisor: Dr. Lance Williams
Thesis: Spatial and temporal variability in hydrogeomorphic conditions structure fish and mussel assemblages on the upper Neches river.

 

2009

 

Iqbal Ahmed, B.S., University of Texas at Arlington; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Cliff Boucher
Thesis: The role of IcmP, a Pseudomonas aeruginosa insulin-cleaving metalloprotease, in respiratory infection.

 

Curtis A. Clark, B.S., The University of Texas at Tyler; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler
Advisor: Dr. Ali Azghani
Thesis: Mechanism of epithelial barrier disruption by Pseudomonas aeruginosa elastase.

 

Chase Hively, B.A., Carson-Newman College; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler
Advisor: Dr. James F. Koukl
Thesis: A comparative analysis of two turtle assemblages in an altered floodplain.

 

 

2008

 

Dawn Byars, B.S., Texas A&M University; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler
Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford
Thesis: Influences of diet and dam on age of maturation in African house snakes, Lamprophis fuliginosus.

 

Elizabeth Farley, B.S., University of Florida; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler
Advisor: Dr. Darrell Pogue & Dr. Lance Williams
Thesis: Breeding ecology of Bachman’s sparrow (Aimophila aestivalis) in post oak savannah on Camp Maxey, Lamar County, Texas.

 

David Kimberly, B.A., Otterbein College; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler
Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford
Thesis: Mercury and the physical performance of cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorous).

 

Denise Lin, B.S., University of California, Davis; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler
Advisor: Dr. Blake Bextine

Thesis: Putative Zebra Complex Pathogens Detection, Biotype Differentiation, and cDNA Library Construction of Potato/Tomato Psyllid (Bacteriera cockerelli) in Texas   

 

Jake A. Pruett, B.S., Middle Tennessee State University; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler
Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford
Thesis: Thermal ecology and habitat use of the western cottonmouth Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma

 

Danielle Tufts, B.S., University of California, Davis; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler
Advisor: Drs. Blake Bextine and Darrell Pogue
Thesis: Identification of colony phenotype and potential biological control methods of Solenopsis invicata buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) using molecular techniques.

 

 

2007

 

Andree Clark, B.S., The University of Texas at Tyler; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler
Advisor: Dr. Cliff Boucher
Thesis:  Role of the outer membrane protein OprQ in Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence

 

Brian Jackson, B.S., University of California, Riverside; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler
Advisor: Dr. Blake Bextine
Thesis: Impact of feeding behaviors on the transmission of Xylella fastidiosa by Homalodisca vitripennis (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae).

 

Peixin Jiang, B.S.; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Blake Bextine

Thesis: Competition of two strains of Xyella fastidiosa in foregut of glassy-winged sharpshooter.

 

Jason Keyes, B.S.; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Jim Koukl

Thesis: Evaluation of acclimation for repatriated three-toed box turtles (Terrepene carolina triunguis).

 

Melissa Nicholson, B.S.; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Don Killebrew

Thesis: The effect of density and relative egg sac placement on the life history traits of green lynx spider Peucetia viridans (Araneae, Oxyopidae).

 

Robert Jadin, B.S.; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Ron Gutberlet

Thesis: Phylogeny of the Porthidium group (Squamata: serpentes: crotalinae) inferred from morphological data.

 

 

2006

 

Jessica Coleman, B.S., The University of Texas at Tyler; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Ron Gutberlet

Thesis: Basking habits of map turtles (Emydidae: Graptemys) along the Sabine River in East Texas.

 

Timothy R. Hunkapiller, B.S.; M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: The effects of all-terrain vehicle use on the herpetofauna of an East Texas floodplain.

 

Stephan Lorenz, B.S., M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Darrell Pogue

Thesis: Effects of local and landscape habitat characteristics on wintering grassland birds in north central Texas.

 

Allyson Modra, B.S., M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Ron Gutberlet

Thesis: Phylogeny of Bothrops, Bothriopsis, and Bothrocophias species (Serpentes: Viperidae: Crotalinae) inferred from morphological data.

 

 

2005

 

David Bolanowski, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Jim Koukl

Thesis: Habitat selection, movements and survival of translocated juvenile three-toed box turtles (Terrepene carolina triunguis).

 

 

2004

 

Vanessa Adams, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Darrell Pogue

Thesis: Edge effects on reproductive success of bottomland forest birds.

 

Shelby Braman, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Darrell Pogue

Thesis: A study of the occurrence, distribution, and effects of larval Protocalliphora (Diptera: Calliphoridae) on secondary cavity-nesting bird species.

 

Alan Byboth, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: The influence of age on mating success in male gray treefrogs (Hyla versicolor).

 

Paul Hampton, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: Effects of management techniques on amphibian and reptile populations in an East Texas floodplain.

 

Casey Wieczorek, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: A test of the fractional egg hypothesis using African house snakes, Lamprophis fuliginosus, that vary in egg size.

 

 

2003

 

Roberto Brenes, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: Movements and habitat selection of the Gulf Coast Waterdog (Necturus beyeri: Proteidae) in East Texas.

 

Brian Fontenot, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Ron Gutberlet

Thesis: Molecular and morphological analysis of the taxonomic status of the East Texas toad, Bufo velatus.

 

Karen Rispin, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Jim Koukl

Thesis: Habitat selection, movement patterns, and survival rate of hatchling three-toed box turtles, Terrepene carolina triunguis.

 

2002

 

Matthew Gifford, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Ron Gutberlet

Thesis: Cryptic diversity in the Ameiva chrysolaema species complex (Squamata: Teiidae) as revealed by analysis of morphology and mitochondria DNA.

 

2001

 

Rita Mehta, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: Prey-handling behavior in newly-hatched trinket snakes, Elaphe helena.

 

Rod Wittenberg, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Ron Gutberlet

Thesis: A phylogenetic analysis of Bitis (Reptila: Squamata: Viperidae): recovering the evolutionary history of Africa’s most diverse viper genus.

 

 

2000

 

Mark Doles, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: The use of ephemeral pools of a managed floodplain by semi-aquatic snakes.

 

Milton Yacelga, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis:  An investigation of optimal foraging theory in a natural setting: Prey choice and patch use by semi-aquatic snakes.

 

1999

 

Brad Low, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. James Stewart

Thesis: Identification of a bacterium that grows in crystal violet using PCR and Base sequence analysis.

 

Guillermo Aranguran, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: Behavioral changes in the Texas rat snake, Elaphe obsoleta, as a response to the presence of an avian predator model.

 

 

1998

 

Susanne Alden, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Lynn Sherrod

Thesis: Woody plant species diversity of the old Sabine bottom wildlife management area, Smith County, Texas.

 

 

1997

 

Stacie Yarbough, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Don Killebrew

Thesis: Biodivesity of the aquatic coleptera with an emphasis on the adult population dynamics of the haliplidae at two East Texas sites.

 

1994

 

Linda Allen, B.S. M.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: Antipredator behavior of rainbow boas (Epicrates cenchria) as a function of age and differential growth.

 

1989

 

Vincent Cobb, B.S., M.S.I.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: Foraging strategies in flat-head snakes, Tantilla gracilus.

 

1987

 

Janice Perry-Richardson, B.S. M.S.I.S; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: Sexual Selection of Males by Female Garter Snakes.

 

1986

 

Nancy Ulrich, B.S. M.S.I.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: Comparative analysis of the feeding strike of Vine Snakes.

 

1984

 

Carolyn Schofield, B.S. M.S.I.S.; The University of Texas at Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Neil Ford

Thesis: Courtship in the Checkered Garter Snake, Thamnophis marcianus.

 

 

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