Lab Alumni

Dr. Lacher’s Texas A&M Lab 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.

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 – unknown.

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: Assistant 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 Regional Land Management Planner, USDA Forest Service, 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 Director, Evaluation and Research, Rainforest Alliance, NewYork, NY.

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, Mexican Black Bear Coordinator, IUCN Bear Specialist Group and Lecturer, 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: Assistant 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.

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 Editor/Proofreader, La Plata, Argentina.

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.

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: Lecturer, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University.

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:

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. Currently  working on a PhD at UNESP: Frugivorous bats as facilitators of natural regeneration in degraded habitats.

Undergraduate Students

Stacie M. Garcia, B.S., 2014 – Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.

Rebecca Mendez, B.S., 2014 – Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.

Jose Pablo Castro, B.S. 2015 – Department of Geographic Sciences, National University of Costa Rica.