Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tarleton receives $350,000 NSF grant for undergraduate research project

Tarleton State University is recipient of a nearly $350,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to be used to fund a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Full story here.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Galapagos Study Abroad

Email Dr. Jesse Meik at
or Callie Price at

Trip Itinerary:


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Master’s Level Research Assistant Needed

Ever thought about going to graduate school? Ever thought about being a wildlife biologist? Ever thought about being a bat ecologist? If yes, then this research project is perfect for you!

This is a two-year project surveying bat assemblages at Camp Bowie and Camp Swift military training facilities.

A $1,200/month teaching assistantship will be provided during the Fall and Spring semesters, and a $1,200/month research assistantship will be provided during the Summer semester. Fringe benefits, including health insurance, will also be provided. Lodging while in the field will be provided for free, and daily meals will be covered as well.

For more details, view this announcement (PDF).

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New Advanced Course offering in Biology for the Spring Semester

The biology Department is pleased to announce a new course offering for the spring 2017 session.  The BIOL 4086 problems course is entitled Endocrine and Reproductive Physiology and will be presented by James L Caffrey, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus from the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Dr. Caffrey has more than 30 years experience teaching in this topic area at the undergraduate, graduate and medical level.  He has been recognized in the past for his didactic classroom skills. The course will cover basic physiology, biochemistry and clinical aspects of the human endocrine and reproductive systems.  The target audience would include pre-professional students contemplating careers in the medical, veterinary, nursing and allied health disciplines, advanced undergraduates and graduate students in biology and any other biomedical students with a personal or research interest in the topic area.  Because of the broad nature of endocrinology a prior backgrounds in biochemistry, physiology, cell biology and related subjects will be helpful.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Caitlin Pyle and Mammals of Texas' Newest State Park

The work of graduate student Caitlin Pyle, mentored by her adviser Dr. Chris Higgins, is highlighted in the Winter 2015 issue of Tarleton Magazine.  Caitlin surveyed the mammals of Palo Pinto State Park to provide information that will guide conservation planners.  Read the story here.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Students return from Puerto Rico

Five students recently returned from a study abroad trip to Puerto Rico, led by Drs. Chris Higgins and Jesse Meik.  The goal of the Tropical Ecology course was to introduce students to the diverse ecosystems found on tropical islands and how humans can maintain sustainable use of these important ecological systems. Students were able to survey biodiversity in the only rainforest in the US Forest System, repel down waterfalls, zip line through the forest canopy, kayak through a mangrove forest into a bioluminescent bay, explore cave and sinkhole formations, snorkel in pristine waters, and visit various nature reserves along the way.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Something's fishy! Student/faculty research published

The culmination of two students' research, Allison Love-Snyder (grad student) and Wesley Weigreffe (undergrad student), was recently published. Allison and Wesley were mentored by Drs. Chris Higgins and Russell Pfau.

Higgins CL, Love-Snyder A, Wiegreffe W, Pfau RS. 2015. Lack of Hybridization between Naturally Sympatric Populations of Red and Blacktail Shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis and C. venusta) in Texas, but Evidence of Introgression among Three Lineages of the C. lutrensis Species Group. Copeia, 103:272-280.

Grad students successfully defend theses

Congratulations to the following grad students who successfully defended their theses this semester!

Kryztal M. Medina Torres: “Taxonomic and functional changes in the metacommunity structure of stream-fish assemblages in Texas from 1988-2009.”

Erica Hammond: "Assessment of Various Dairy Cattle Manure-based Media for Laboratory Rearing of Stable Flies (Stomoxys calcitrans (L.))"

Kelly Hammond: "Aqueous Plant Extracts Effect on Stomoxys calcitrans (L.)"

Nathan Elrod: "The use of silver nanoparticles to develop a Tacaribe virus vaccine in mice"

Jacob Owen: "Ecological Studies of Squamate Reptiles in Northeastern Swaziland"

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fall 2014 TriBeta Inductees

Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the Sigma Delta chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the biological honor society: Regular members include Leah Woolam, Amy Sarcinella, Lindsey Zamudio, and Renato Rios.  Associate members include Joseph Hamlin Elizabeth Gilliland, Jesse Brown and, Katherine Koock.