Current Graduate Students
Stephanie Stoughton (right). Spring 2015. She is measuring nutrient transfer from urban tributaries and transformation (denitrification) in a rapidly urbanizing wetland-dominated watershed.
Anastasia Mogiliveski. Fall 2017.
Danielle Braund. Fall 2017.
Former Graduate Students
David Mitchell. Fall 2008 to Fall 2009. Thesis title: “Structure and function of large wood in Ozark headwater streams and its effect on fish community structure.” Co-advised with Ginny Adams. David is currently an instructor at Ozarka College, Mountain View, AR.
Allyn Fuell. Spring 2010 to Spring 2012. “Driving mechanisms of leaf decomposition based on wetland type and surrounding land use in White Oak Bayou watershed.” Allyn now working towards a Ph.D. in ecology at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Nicki Jensen. Spring 2010 to Spring 2012. “Effects of changing land use on macroinvertebrate communities in north-central Arkansas.” Nicki now works for a consulting firm, GBMc, in Arkansas.
Julie Kelso. Spring 2010 to Fall 2012. “Macroinvertebrate community structure and their use of refuge in intermittent and perennial streams.” Julie is currently working on a Phd in ecology at Utah State, Utah.
Amanda Bates. Spring 2010 to Fall 2012. “Macroinvertebrate community structure and leaf decomposition in intermittent Ozark streams.” Amanda now works for environmental health firm, Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health LLC, testing soil, water, and air quality in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Chris Fuller. Fall 2011 to Fall 2013. He has worked on the NSF-funded Resource Ratio grant as an undergraduate at UCA. He began the project as a research assistant in fall of 2012. His research interests are changes in aquatic diptera growth rates under varying levels of nitrogen and phosphorus resource concentrations. Chris is currently working as a water quality analyst at the Arkansas Water Resource Center.
Adam Musto. Fall 2011 to Fall 2013. He began working in the laboratory as a junior at UCA. His interests are examining biological alterations of north-central Arkansas headwater streams along a gradient of natural gas development in the Fayetteville Shale. Adam is a full-time high school science teacher in Searcy, Arkansas.
Steve Polaskey. Fall 2012 to Spring 2015. Steve quantified the interaction between insect shredders and detrital microbial communities across a gradient of nutrient enrichment. He is currently a chemical analyst at SGS Global in Anchorage, AK.
Lucy Baker. Fall 2014. Lucy is examined how watershed sensitivity interacts with human activities to influences biological responses to multiple anthropogenic stressors. She sampled macroinvertebrates in 40 headwater streams throughout north-central Arkansas.Lucy is now at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality as TMDL coordinator.
Current Undergraduate Students
Josh Nilz is working on a White Oak Bayou grant to understand how urbanization alters forested wetland community structure and nutrient limitation.
Deion Everhart is working on a collaborative grant in Central Washington with Central Washington University to understand how forest insect outbreaks alter stream community and food web interactions.
Claudy Sarpong is interested in understanding how to assess water quality in freshwaters using physico-chemical conditions and macroinvertebrates.
Former Undergraduate Students
Michael Lowry, Kasey Nix, Phuong Nguyen, Mary McLeod, Jasmine L. Gilbert, Desiree’ Shaw, Lindsay Martindale (Honors College Thesis), Tyler Troutman, Adam Musto, Chris Fuller, Kristina Hallock, David Holt (Honors College Thesis), Carolyn Pollard, Loren Biggs, Josh Bregy, Chelsea Miller, Joe Larson, Wilson Earnhardt, Josh Hines, Meredith Tyree (Honors College Thesis/Biology Honors), Elise Coffelt, David Black, Garrett Frandson,and Tristan Odekirk
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