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

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

Nastasia Disotell, M.S. Student

B.S. Biology, Austin Peay State University, 2017

Thesis Research: Alloparental care in the Egg-mimic darter, Etheostoma pseudovulatum

Undergraduate Research: Phylogeography of the Smallscale Darter, Nothonotus microlepidus

Other Activities: GTA Biology, Collections Manager for David Snyder Museum of Zoology

Jacob Brumley, M.S. Student

B.S. Biology, Western Kentucky University, 2017

Thesis Research: TBD


Brooke Grubb, M.S. Student

B.S. Biology, Southeastern Missouri University, 2017

Thesis Research: Phylogeography and population genetics of the imperiled Pristine Crayfish, Cambarus pristinus.


Ben Wilson, M.S. Student

B.S. Biology, University of Northern Alabama, 2017

Thesis Research: Phylogeography and population genetics of the imperiled Piebald Madtom, Noturus gladiator.

Jessica Grady, M.S. Student

B.S. Wildlife Sciences, 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

Joshua Stonecipher, M.S. Student

B.S. Biology, U. of Tennessee-Martin, 2014

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

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

LAB ALUMNI

Brooke Washburn

M.S. Biology, APSU 2018

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

Current Position: Ph.D. program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Denver (2018 - present)

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

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.

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

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

Current Position: Unknown

Aaron Ross, M.S. Candidate

B.S. Biology, APSU 2012

Thesis Research Topic - Status survey and threat assessment of Noturus fasciatus

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

Current Position: Park Ranger, Tennessee State Parks (2015-present)

Shawn Settle,

B.S. Biology, APSU 2013

Undergraduate Research Topic: Identification of fish hosts for unionid mussles using DNA barcoding methods.

Thesis Research Topic: Conservation status and habitat use of the Piebald Madtom, Noturus gladiator

Current Position: Park Ranger, Chickasaw State Park, TN.

Courtney Weyand

B.S. Biology, APSU 2014

Undergraduate Research Topic: Quantitative microscopic analysis of darter scale morphology

Other Activities: Collections Assistant, David Snyder Museum of Zoology

Current Position: Graduate School: M.S. in Biology at Southeastern Louisiana University (2014-2016); Ph.D. Auburn University (2017 - Present).

Brittany McCall

B.S. Biology, APSU 2014

Undergraduate Research Topic: Evaluation of morphological variation among three species of Tennessee crayfishes

Current Position: Graduate School: M.S. in Biology at Arkansas State University (2014 - 2016); Ph.D. Arkansas State University (2016-present)

Danielle McCoin

B.S. Biology, APSU 2017

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

Zachary Holtel

Undergraduate Research Topic: Quantitative microscopic analysis of darter scale morphology

Current Position: Unknown

Eva Uriadales

B.S. Biology, APSU 2013

Undergraduate Research Topic: Quantitative microscopic analysis of darter scale morphology

Current Position: Unknown

Matthew Wagner

M.S. Biology, APSU 2012

B.S. in Biology, Juniata College, PA 2006

Thesis Research: Phylogeography and conservation status of the Redband Darter, Etheostoma luteovinctum.

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); State 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 (2013 - Present)

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.

Current Position: Aquatic Biologist, Fort Campbell Military Base, Clarksville, TN