Lab Alumni

Dr. Lacher’s Texas A&M Lab Graduate Alumni

Elizabeth D. Brusati, B.S., University of California-Davis – “Comparing functions of natural and created marshes for shorebirds and wading birds.” Major advisor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. M.S. thesis defense, August, 1999. Subsequently completed a Ph.D. degree at the University of California, Davis. Currently Science Program Manager, California Invasive Plant Council, Berkeley, CA.

Katherine W. McFadden*, B.S., University of California, Santa Cruz – “Photogrammetry as a tool for estimating size and condition in the Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi), the harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), and the Northern elephant seal (Mirounga anguistirosis).” Co-advisor with Dr. Graham Worthy, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. M.S. thesis defense, August 1999. Subsequently completed a Ph.D. degree at Columbia University. Currently Assistant Unit Leader, USGS SC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Assistant Professor, School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Science, Clemson University. *Deceased, 2014.

Jody K. Sandel, B.S., Texas A&M University – “Insecticides and bridge-roosting colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) in Texas.” Co-advisor with Dr. Don Clark, Brazos Field Station, USGS, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. M.S. thesis defense, October, 1999. Current employment – Office Manager, Thermodynamios Research Center, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Denver, CO.

Dianne Haynes Stromann, B.S., Texas A&M University – Non-thesis professional paper: “Integrating single-species management and ecosystem management.” Major advisor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. M.Agr. (non-thesis masters), defense, March, 2000. Currently Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University.

Ivan Castro-Arellano, B.S., Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico – Major advisor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Non-thesis M.S., May, 2000. Subsequently completed a Ph.D., Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University. Current employment: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.

Michael I. Goldstein, B.S., Colorado State University, M.S., Clemson University – “Spatial complexity and scaling issues affecting biodiversity in managed forests.” Major advisor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Ph.D. dissertation defense, October, 2000. Currently Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecology Program Leader, U.S. National Forest Service, Alaska Region, Juneau, AK.

Tarisha A. Smith Land, B.S., Grand Canyon University – ” Population size and contaminant exposure of bats using caves on Fort Hood Military Base.” Co-advisor with Dr. Don Clark, Brazos Field Station, USGS, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.  M.S. thesis defense, March, 2001. Currently teaching high school in Texas.

Melissa L. Parker, B.S., M.S., Clemson University – “An assessment of the potential for pesticide exposure and effects on the Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri).” Ph.D. dissertation defense, March, 2002. Co-advisor with Dr. Don Clark, Brazos Field Station, USGS, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Currently NEPA Program Manager, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Juneau, AK.

Elizabeth T. Kennedy, B.S., Southern Illinois University, M.S. Clemson University – “A socio-economic analysis of the development and conservation strategies within the Amistad Conservation and Development Initiative for the La Amistad Biosphere Reserve.” Ph.D. dissertation defense, March, 2002. Co-advisor with Dr. Diana M. Burton, Department of Forest Science. Currently Senior Advisor, ISEAL Alliance and Independent Consultant, Conservation Data Solutions, Washington, DC.

Diana L. Doan-Crider, B.S., University of Montana, M.S., Texas A&M University-Kingsville – “Black bear movements and spaciotemporal variation in relation to mast and fruit productivity and distribution in the Serranias del Burro, Coahuila, Mexico.” Ph.D. dissertation defense, December 2002. Co-advisor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (Joint Ph.D. Program with Texas A&M-Kingsville) with Dr. David Hewitt, Texas A&M-Kingsville. Current employment, Executive Director, Anima Partnership in Natural Resources, LLC, Mexican Black Bear Coordinator, IUCN Bear Specialist Group and Lecturer, Adjunct Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University.

Katia Z. Amstalden, D.V.M., Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul – Non-thesis professional paper: “Canine distemper virus in wildlife.” Major advisor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. M.S. (non-thesis masters), defense, November, 2003. Current employment, Research Associate, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Texas A&M University.

Ivan Castro-Arellano, B.S., Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, M.S., Texas A&M University – “Ecological patterns of the rodent communities at El Cielo Biosphere Reserve, Tamaulipas, Mexico.” Ph.D. dissertation defense, May, 2005. Major advisor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Current employment: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.

Deborah Cowman, B.S., Coe College, M.S., Texas A&M University – “Pesticides and frog declines in the Sierra Nevada mountains, California.” Ph.D. dissertation defense, September, 2005. Major Advisor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Current employment: Executive Director, Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, Bryan, TX.

John M. Aguiar, B.S., University of Richmond, M.S., Old Dominion University – “Cranial variability in Amazonian marmosets.” Ph.D. dissertation defense, May, 2009. Major advisor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Current employment: Freelance Writer, Virginia.

Krista Adamek, B.S., University of British Columbia; Diploma of Technology in Fish, Wildlife and Recreation, British Columbia Institute of Technology – “Spatial and temporal patterns in space use and resource use of macaws in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon.” M.S. thesis defense, October, 2010. Major advisor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Current employment: Field Biologist & Data Management Assistant, Regional Conservation District, Santa Monica Mountains, California.

Laura Weber, B.A., American University, M.A., University of Arizona – “Co-creating knowledge, understanding, and action for effective natural resource conservation.” Ph.D. dissertation defense, June, 2011. Co-advisor with Dr. Douglas Slack, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Current employment: Consultant and Lecturer, Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Quito, Ecuador.

Crystal R. Arkenberg, B.S., Wittenberg University – M.S. Candidate, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, (non-thesis, distance education). Professional Paper: “Linking animal behavior, wildlife management and sociology: conservation of canids in the Brazilian Cerrado.” M.W.S. defense, November, 2013. Major advisor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Current employment, Conservation Medicine Program, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science, Texas A&M University.

Kelsey D. Neam, B.S., University of Maryland – “The spatial ecology of a dispersal limited mammal on a mosaic landscape.” M.S. thesis defense, May 2015. Major advisor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Current employment: Programme Officer, IUCN SCC Amphibian Red List Authority, Global Wildlife Conservation, Austin, TX.

Emma P. Gomez, B.S., Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, M.S., Instituto Politécnico Nacional – “Potential impacts of global and regional environmental changes on an endangered pollination corridor in Mexico and the USA.”, Ph.D. dissertation defense, August 2015. Major advisor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Current employment, Assistant Professor, Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, México.

Margot Wood. B.S. University of California, Davis. ““Landscape Dynamics, Mammal Connectivity, and Conservation Policies in a Costa Rican Biological Corridor”, Ph.D. dissertation defense, August 2016. Major advisor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Current Employment, Associate Scientist, Global Synthesis Team, Moore Science Center, Conservation International.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr. John Lamoreux B.A., Earlham College, M.F.S., Yale University and Ph.D., University of Virginia – Assistant Research Scientist, Global Mammal Assessment, 2007-2008. Currently Monitoring and Biodiversity Officer, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Washington, DC.

Visiting Research Scholars

Lays Cherobim Parolin, B.A., Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR), Brazil, M.S., State University of São Paulo/UNESP, Brazil. Visiting scholar, Texas A&M University, Ecology of flying foxes, 2014. Completed PhD at UNESP: Frugivorous bats as facilitators of natural regeneration in degraded habitats.

Undergraduate Students

2013 Rachel Sakar: Foraging ecology of Leptonycteris nivalis in NE Mexico.

2013 Rebecca Langley: Small mammal movements in biological corridors in Costa Rica.

2013 McKensie Daugherty: Reproductive biology and vocalizations in Madagascar Big-headed Turtles.

2013 Haleigh Wheeler: Use of hair traps and hair cuticles for identification of Costa Rican Meso-mammals.

2013 Juliet Vallejo: Bat house design considerations for the relocation of the Kyle Field bats.

2014 Lara Kreuter: Survey of Amazona imperialis on the island of Dominica (published her paper).

2014 Liliana Wolf (UG Research Fellow 2015): Small mammal ecology in Costa Rica.

2014 Rebecca Langley: Small mammal movements in biological corridors in Costa Rica: Year 2.

2014 Lauren Naylor (Honors): Writing accounts of mammalian families for IUCN web site.

2014 Stacie Garcia: Writing accounts of mammalian families for IUCN web site.

2014 Rebeca Mendez: Writing accounts of mammalian families for IUCN web site.

2015 Lauren Naylor (Honors): Assisting with Handbook of Mammals of the World.

2015 Anna Cole: Writing accounts of mammalian families for IUCN web site.

2015 Gaston Casillas: Frog vocalizations as a function of an elevational gradient.

2015 Whitney Ward: Frog vocalizations as a function of an elevational gradient.

2015 Alyson Miranda: Applied Biodiversity Science Conservation Scholar.

2015 Rebecca Langley: Assisting with the Small Mammal Specialist Group Extinction risk assessments

2015 Lauren Naylor: Assisting with the Small Mammal Specialist Group Extinction risk assessments

2015 Holly Jo Pierro: Assisting with the Small Mammal Specialist Group Extinction risk assessments

2015 Amanda Stoner: Assisting with the Small Mammal Specialist Group Extinction risk assessments

2015 Jose Pablo Castro: Department of Geographic Sciences, National University of Costa Rica.

2016 Alondrita Barron: Assisting with the Small Mammal Specialist Group Extinction risk assessments

2016 Kristen Cottrell: Assisting with the Small Mammal Specialist Group Extinction risk assessments

2016 Wendy Diaz: Assisting with the Small Mammal Specialist Group Extinction risk assessments

2016 Kai DeVoglaer: Assisting with the Small Mammal Specialist Group Extinction risk assessments

2016 Karyn Ho: Assisting with the Small Mammal Specialist Group Extinction risk assessments

2016 Sahita Karumuri: Assisting with the Small Mammal Specialist Group Extinction risk assessments

2016 Houston Kimes: Assisting with the Small Mammal Specialist Group Extinction risk assessments

2016 Kenny Le: Assisting with the Small Mammal Specialist Group Extinction risk assessments

2016 Lauren Naylor: Assisting with the Small Mammal Specialist Group Extinction risk assessments (Year2)

2016 Rebecca Langley: (UG Research Fellow 2016): Deforestation impacts on SE Asia Tree Shrews.

2016 Marie Perez: Applied Biodiversity Science Conservation Scholar

2017 Alondrita Barron: Assisting with the Small Mammal Specialist Group Extinction risk assessments (Year2)

2017 Kristen Cunningham: Assisting with the Small Mammal Specialist Group Extinction risk assessments

2017 Wendy Diaz: Assisting with the Small Mammal Specialist Group Extinction risk assessments (Year2)

2017 Brittany Stamps: (UG Research Fellow 2017) Modeling the migratory route of Leptonyceris nivalis

2017 Houston Kimes: Assisting in camera trapping of mammals in forest fragments in Costa Rica

2017 Ben Anderson: Assisting on literature survey of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans

2017: Amy Stilley: Assisting with Argentina camera trap data

2017: Daniel Aberra: Assisting with Peru and Costa Rica camera trap data

 

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