I teach introductory biology courses and mid- and upper-division courses in environmental science and field ecology. I primarily advise students interested in careers in environment - broadly defined. My research areas are (1) land use and water quality and (2) snails of Kansas.
Ph.D., Kansas State University, Kansas, U.S.A.
I advise in two main areas - "Field Biology and Environment" and "Ecology and Organismic Biology".
There are a wide variety of jobs in "field biology and environment" (see the environmental careers page). My focus is on "pre-professional" interests headed to state or federal agencies and non-governmental organizations.
I also work with students interested more in the pure ecology and science side of things, perhaps looking a master's degree with later entry into the job arenas.
I meet with advisees at least once a semester for pre-enrollment conferences and otherwise as needed with drop-ins or by appointment or around classes or in the hallways.
We maintain a general set of environmental links useful for information gathering.
Principles of Biology II (BIOL 212)Principles of Conservation (BIOL 313)Environmental Protection (BIOL 615 - online)Environmental Health (BIOL 617 - online)Limnology (BIO 633)Stream Ecology (BIO 515)Topics in Environmental Management (BIO 502) Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Methods in Field Ecology Wetland EcologyEnvironmental Life Science (BIOL 113 - online)
Research Experience | Undergraduate Research Projects | Master's Theses and Reports | Publications | Papers and Posters
I've worked in water quality monitoring, assessment, and regulation at the state agency level. My interest in water quality continues through contract research projects and various undergraduate and graduate student projects.
I maintain the Department's Environmental Quality Laboratory in support of instruction and research in water quality - both chemical and biological. Local sites such as the rivers in the Spring River watershed (Spring River, Center Creek, Cow Creek), the various strip mine lakes, and the sites of the Southeast Kansas Biological Station (SKBS) have been used for coursework, undergraduate research, and graduate research.
In addition to water quality work, I have begun a compendium of the mollusks of Kansas including land snails, aquatic snails, and clams (Kansas Mollusks).
The list of projects below serves as a description of the breadth of work. A long-term effort has been applied to the Monahan Outdoor Education Center, a part of the SKBS. In addition to water quality studies related to acid-mine drainage, short-term studies of wetlands on the site and community studies of the vegetation on the reclaimed portion of the property have been conducted.
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