Wednesday, July 30, 2014



Andria Beal, undergraduate biology major, conducted research on the genetics of a hybrid zone in Dr. Pfau's lab for several semesters.  Recently she presented her research at the Texas Society of Mammalogists conference (where she won the Bobby Baker Award for best presentation in her category) and at the Southwestern Association of Naturalists conference.  The title of her presentations was “East Meets West: Identification Of The Contact Zone Between Genetic Lineages Of The Hispid Cotton Rat”.  Andria is currently pursuing a Master's degree in biology at Texas Christian University.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tim Huebner defends thesis

Tim Huebner successfully defended his Master's thesis.  Congratulations Tim!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dr. Jesse Meik publishes 2 papers

Dr. Jesse Meik, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, along with several colleagues, published
two papers.  One details the biogeography, phylogeny, and morphological evolution of cave and spring salamanders.  The other uncovers the evolutionary relationships of the enigmatic longtailed rattlesnakes of Mexico's Pacific coast. 

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2148/13/201/

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1055790313003023

Friday, October 18, 2013

Tarleton biology graduate of 2008, Sam Kieschnick, is Mansfield's first naturalist

When the city of Mansfield, TX advertised a position for naturalist at their new 80-acre Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park, Sam applied.  His variety of experiences and unstoppable enthusiasm for nature landed him the job.  Sam is the city's first naturalist, and area residents couldn't be in better hands--as this article in the Star-Telegram explains. 

http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/10/14/5246704/citys-first-naturalist-shares.html?rh=1

Congratulations Sam!

Friday, March 1, 2013

New Faculty Member, Dr. Jesse Meik

Dr. Jesse Meik recently joined the department.  Dr. Meik specializes in herpetology and evolutionary biology and will be teaching Comparative Anatomy and developing new courses.  Visit Dr. Meik's website for additional details.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Don Keith named Professor Emeritus

Dr. Donald Keith has been named Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences. We congratulate Dr. Keith for his 36 years of dedicated service to Tarleton. The title Emeritus is conferred to retired faculty on recommendation of the President with the approval of the Board of Regents in recognition of faithful and distinguished service to the University.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Recent graduate, Paige Cowley, publishes research

Paige Cowley recently graduated from Tarleton with her M.S. in Biology.  One paper that resulted from her graduate research at Tarleton is scheduled to be published in The Southwestern Naturalist: "Composition and structure of a mixed-hardwood bottomland forest in the West Cross Timbers of North-central Texas".

Her thesis adviser, Dr. Allan Nelson, as well as Dr. Randy Rosiere from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are co-authors.

Paige is currently employed with an environmental consulting firm and is working on a second paper from her thesis research at Tarleton's Hunewell Ranch. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Recent graduate, Jeremy Munz, publishes thesis research

Jeremy Munz recently graduated from Tarleton with his M.S. in Biology.  His thesis research has just been published in the international journal Aquatic Ecology: "The influence of discharge, photoperiod, and temperature on the reproductive ecology of cyprinids in the Paluxy River, Texas".
His thesis adviser, Dr. Christopher Higgins, is co-author.

Jeremy is currently employed with an environmental consulting firm.

Congratulations Jeremy!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Dr. Don Keith retires

Please join us in honoring Dr. Don Keith upon his retirement. Dr. Keith will be retiring at the end of the Spring semester, 2012, after 37 years of dedicated service to Tarleton. Thanks Don for your dedication to teaching, research, and service!

New faculty member, Dr. Kristin Herrmann

We would like to announce our newest faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. Kristin Herrmann. Dr. Herrmann is an invertebrate ecologist with a specialty in parasitology. Visit Dr. Herrmann's website for more details.