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Lab Members


SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTISTS

Mollie Cashner, Ph.D. Tulane University, 2010

Research: Conservation genetics of the Kentucky Arrow Darter, E. spilotum; Conservation status of the Smallscale Darter, N. microlepidus

Other Activities: Associate Professor of Biology, APSU; Biology of Southern Appalachian Fishes - Highland Biological Field Station (http://highlandsbiological.org)



John Johansen, Ph.D. Candidate, Tennessee Tech. University

M.S. Biology, Eastern Kentucky U. 2000
B.S. Biology, University of Maryland, 1995

Research: Systematics, conservation, and ecology of North American crayfishes; factors that contribute to rarity in crayfishes

Other Activities: Temporary Faculty APSU Biology


CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS 

Jessica Grady, M.S. Student
B.S. Wildlife Sciences, Purdue University, 2014
B.A. Anthropology, Purdue University, 2014

Thesis Research: Drivers of scale shape variation in Etheostomatinae Darters.

Other Activities: NSF-supported Research and Curatorial Assistant, David Snyder Museum of Zoology

Awards: Society for Freshwater Science Conservation Grant


Brooke Washburn, M.S. Student
B.S. Environmental Sciences, Morehead State University, 2014

Thesis Research: Landscape genetics of the federally endangered Tuxedo Darter, Etheostoma lemniscatum.

Other Activities: Graduate Research Assistant, Center of Excellence for Field Biology



Joshua Stonecipher, M.S. Student
B.S. Biology, U. of Tennessee-Martin, 2014

Thesis Research: Conservation status  and genetic diversity of the Smallscale Darter, Nothonotus microlepidus

Other Activities: Research Assistant, Center of Excellence for Field Biology 

Awards: Society for Freshwater Science Boesel-Sanderson Award, NANFA Conservation Award, ASIH Raney Award



Kristen Pilcher, M.S. Candidate
B.S. Biology, University of Idaho, 2010
   
Thesis Research:  Fishes of the Rutherford Fork (Obion River) and the microhabitat preferences of three madtom catfishes.

Awards: Outstanding Biology Graduate Student 2014; SFC Poster Presentation - 2nd Place 2012
 
Other Activities: Research Assistant, Center of Excellence for Field Biology - Milan Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment
       
 

Aaron Ross, M.S. Candidate
B.S. Biology, APSU 2012
 
Thesis Research Topic - Status survey and threat assessment of Noturus fasciatus

Other Research: Morphological variation in fantail darters from the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers
Awards: APSU Summer Research Fellowship

Other Activities: Teaching Assistant, General Biology; Research and Curatorial Assistant, Center For Field Biology and David Snyder Vertebrate Museum


CURRENT UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS 

Nastasia Disotell, B.S. Biology
Undergraduate Research Topic - Phylogeography of the Smallscale Darter, Nothonotus microlepidus


 
LAB ALUMNI

Zachary Wolf
B.S. Biology, University of Louisville, 2013
M.S. Biology, APSU 2015

Thesis Research: Conservation status  and phylogeography of the Egg-mimc Darter, Etheostoma pseudovulatum

Awards: ASIH Raney Award, Sigma Xi, and Society for Freshwater Science Conservation grants:  Do neighbors steal nests: alloparental care in Etheostoma pseudovulatum

Other Activities: Research and Curatorial Assistant, Center of Excellence for Field Biology and David Snyder Museum of Zoology

Current Position: Biologist, Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville, KY

Erin Bloom
M.S. Biology, APSU 2015
B.S. Biology, APSU 2010
 
Thesis Research Topic - Systematic evaluation of Orconectes cf. barrenensis from the Red River system.

Awards: SFC Poster Presentation 2nd Place 2013

Other Activities: Biology High School Teacher; Graduate Research Assistant, APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology; Conservation Genetics Research Assistant

Current Position: Tenure-track faculty at Volunteer State University


Danielle McCoin
APSU
 
Undergraduate Research Topic - A test of intraspecific size-dependent variation in male intromittnent organs in a new species of crayfish from Tennessee.


Courtney Weyand
B.S. Biology, APSU 2014
Research Topic: Quantitative microscopic analysis of darter scale morphology

Awards: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow; SFC Poster Competition - First Place

Other Activities: Collections Assistant, David Snyder Museum of Zoology

Current Position:  Graduate School: M.S. in Biology at Southeastern Louisiana University.



Brittany McCall
B.S. Biology, APSU 2014
Research Topic: Evaluation of morphological variation among three species of Tennessee crayfishes

Awards: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow; SFC Poster Competition - 3rd Place

Current Position: Graduate School: M.S. in Biology at Arkansas State University



Zachary Holtel
Research Topic: Quantitative microscopic analysis of darter scale morphology

Awards: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow

Current Position: University of South Carolina Medical School



Shawn Settle,
B.S. Biology, APSU 2013
 
Research Topic:  Identification of fish hosts for unionid mussles using DNA barcoding methods.  

Awards: Presidential Research Scholar; SFC Poster Presentation 2nd Place 2013

Current Position: M.S. student, APSU Biology; Park Ranger, Chickasaw State Park, TN.


Eva Grebe
 B.S. Biology, APSU 2013


Research Topic: Quantitative microscopic analysis of darter scale morphology

Awards: Presidential Research Scholar; Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow; CUR Poster On the Hill Presentation Invitation

Current Position: NIH Pre-doctoral Fellow, San Francisco State University

 
 Matthew Wagner
 
M.S. Biology,  APSU 2012  
 
B.S. in Biology, Juniata College, PA  2006

 
Thesis Resarch:  My research is focused on assessing potential geographic variation in the Redband Darter, Etheostoma luteovinctum, by comparing amplified fragment length polymorphisms, morphology, and pigmentation.  The utlitiy of AFLPs in estimating phylogeographic variation and testing hypotheses is also a focus of my research.
 
Other Activities: Graduate Teaching Asssistant; Assistant Curator of Fishes, Snyder Museum of Zoology; Assistant Graduate Field Technician Milan Herpetological Monitoring Project.

Current Position: Ph.D. Graduate Student, South Dakota State (2012-2015); Ichthyologist, Mississippi Museum of Natural History (2015-present) 


Mark Hoger

M.S. Biology, APSU 2012
B.S. Finance, Truman State, MO 2006
  
Thesis Research: Inter-seasonal movements of Etheostomatine darters in Yellow and Whiteoak Creeks, TN. 
  
Other Activities: Graduate Research Assistant, Center of Excellence for Field Biology; Assistant Curator of Fishes, Snyder Museum of Zoology;  Field Technician Milan Herpetological Monitoring Project.

Current Position: Aquatic Biologist, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection


Andrew Riggs
 

M.S. Biology, APSU, 2011
B.S. Biology, APSU 2007
 
Thesis Title: Reassessment of the fish community and water quality of the Little River system, western, KY.

Other topics studied: Distribution of the Smallscale Darter in the Little River system.
 
Current Position: Aquatic Biologist, Fort Campbell Military Base, Clarksville, TN