ALUMNI

Graduate Students


Clara Frasconi-Wendt (M.S., Arid Land Studies, Texas Tech University, December 2014)-- Clara completed an M.S. in the Fire Ecology lab studying ant behavior and thermal physiology.  She is pursuing a Ph.D. in biodiversity in Spain.






Nick Goforth-- Nick (M.S.,Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University, August 2015).  Originally from Bryant, Arkansas, he earned a B.S. in Ecology and Organismal Biology (2012) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Previously, he has worked for Audubon and Terracon, performing small mammal surveys, maintained the UALR dermestid beetle colony, and assisted several graduate students on projects.  Nick's primary research interests are in behavioral ecology of mammals (particularly, bats) in relation to their conservation status.  At TTU, he studied the effects of wildfire and prescribed burning on forest-dwelling bats in northern New Mexico.  Nick currently resides in Lubbock, Texas and is looking for employment.  You can follow Nick's blog here.





Rachel Granberg (M.S., Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University, December 2014)-- Rachel completed an M.S. in the Fire Ecology lab studying horned lizard home ranges and habitat suitability as they relate to vegetation cover and land management.  While at Texas Tech, she was also a member of the Association of Natural Resources Scientists and the Graduate Student Advisory Council.  She is currently employed as a prescribed fire crew leader with the Alabama Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.





Tabea Malinowski (M.S., Arid Land Studies, Texas Tech University, August 2014)--  Tabea completed an M.S. in the Fire Ecology Lab under the joint advisement of Dr. Verble and Dr. Gad Perry studying predators and thermal profiles of Texas horned lizards.  She currently resides in New Zealand.






Anna Meyer:  (M.S., Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University, May 2015)  Anna did her undergraduate research under the direction of Dr. William Platt at Louisiana State University (B.S., 2012).  Her research interests include the impacts of wildland fire on organisms and how fire influences population dynamics and structure.  Her hobbies include reading, swimming, hiking, dancing and horseback riding.  She currently works in private consulting in Washington.




Undergraduates

Ashley Meyer (B.S., Biology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, May 2010)--  Ashley worked as an undergraduate research and teaching assistant, and she assisted Dr. Verble on a project examining the exoskeletal thickness of nematode-parasitized ants.  She completed an M.S. in Biology at the University of Louisiana--Monroe, and she is now an instructor at Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Her research interests include invertebrate ecology and parasitology

Vidhur Sohini (B.S., Business and Biology, Texas Tech University, May 2014)--  Vidhur worked as a Texas Tech Honors Scholar in the Verble lab from 2012-2014.  His work dealt with the relationship between ant limb length and thermal physiology.  Vidhur graduated from TTU in May 2014 and began an MD at TTU Medical School in August 2014.


Matt Teague (B.S., Biology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, May 2011)-- Matt's work focused on intraspecific communication in periodical cicadas.  Dr. Verble served as a member of his undergraduate research committee.  Matt teaches high school in Arkansas.


Victoria Young-- Victoria completed the Texas Tech Honors College research experience in the Verble lab from 2012-2013.   Her work focused on thermal physiology in Texas ant species.  

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