Grad Students

My students are mostly enrolled in the Wildlife Ecology M.S. and Population and Conservation Biology (PCB) M.S. programs. Students come from various places and backgrounds (typically about half are from Texas). 


Shalyn Gordon (M.S., PCB) – Effects of synurbanization and reproductive status on foraging behavior in fox squirrels (Sciurus niger).

Skylar Flaska (M.S., Wildlife Ecology) – Impact of red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) on harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex barbatus) colony spacing along an invasion gradient in Texas.

Grady Terry (M.S., PCB, coadvisor w/Jim Ott) – Habitat use of co-occurring anuran species in three-dimensional cave environments of the Edwards Plateau in central Texas.

Jared Haney (M.S., Wildlife Ecology) – Observing the dynamics of range contraction by combining crowd-sourced data and road surveys: a study on the Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum).


Caley Zuzula (M.S., PCB, 2017) – Effects of urbanization and resource availability on the relative occurrence of Ruby-throated (Archilochus colubris) and Black-chinned Hummingbirds (Archilochus alexandri) in landscapes of central Texas.

Silas Ott (M.S., Wildlife Ecology, coadvisor w/Randy Simpson, 2017) – The Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator): Identifying the extent of its available habitat and estimating its current population size.

Alyssa Fink (M.S., Wildlife Ecology, 2017) – Survival, movement, and fine-scale habitat selection of reintroduced Texas Horned Lizards (Phrynosoma cornutum). Current Position: Biology teacher at a charter high school in San Antonio.

Laura Bliss (M.S., Wildlife Ecology, 2016) – Habitat availability assessment for the Gulf Coast Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys compactus) in south-central Texas. Current Position: Ph.D. student at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.

John Muller (M.S., Wildlife Ecology, 2015) – Landscape scale habitat associations of Sprague’s Pipit (Anthus spragueii) overwintering in the southern United States. Current Position: Ph.D. student at the University of Oklahoma.

Suzanne Whitney (Ph.D., Aquatic Resources, 2015) – Examining avian communities in wetlands at multiple spatial extents. Current Position: Environmental Educator with Point Reyes National Seashore Association (CA) – formerly employed.

Stephanie Miller (M.S., PCB, 2014) – Species-specific traits versus site-specific properties as factors influencing the abundances of species. Current Position: Ph.D. student at Northern Arizona University.

Matt Haverland (M.S., Wildlife Ecology, 2014) – Examining the effects of urbanization on occurrence of mammal species in natural areas of the eastern Edwards Plateau. Current Position: Environmental Consultant in Austin, TX.

Katherine Cummings (M.S., Biology, 2013) – Assessing the imprint of geography, host species, land cover, and space on the local abundance of a generalist nest parasite, the Brown-headed Cowbird. Current Position: High School Biology Teacher in Naples, FL.

Doug Phillips (M.S., Wildlife Ecology, 2012) (coadvised w/Randy Simpson) – Determining microhabitat use by the Gulf Coast Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys compactus) using motion sensitive cameras and estimating population density at their northern distribution limit. Current Position: United States Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C.

Erin Feichtinger (M.S., Wildlife Ecology, 2012) – Fine-scale habitat associations of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers (Tyrannus forficatus) in south-central Texas. Current Position: Recent graduate of Ph.D. program at University of South Florida.

Bindu Viswanathan (M.S., PCB, 2010) – Conservation biogeography of endemic birds in India.

Aaron Rinker (M.S., Biology, 2008, University of Northern Colorado) – Resource use by sympatric deer species as related to fawn survival.