Dr. Robin Verble-Pearson holds the positions of Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and founding director of the Biological Field Station at Missouri University of Science and Technology.  She was formerly Assistant Professor of Fire Ecology and Director of the Center for Fire Ecology at Texas Tech University.  Her work focuses on the effects of prescribed fire on insect community structure and thermal physiology.  Additionally, she is interested in factors influencing plant combustibility and flammability; organismal, community and ecosystem responses to fire; historical fire regimes and human factors; and faunal adaptations to withstand fires. She earned a Ph.D. in Applied Bioscience from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, an M.S. in Entomology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and a B.S. in Biophysics from the University of Southern Indiana. She is a member of the Association for Fire EcologyEntomological Society of America, and Association of Women in Science.  She served as a representative on the Texas Prescribed Burn Board from 2012-2018.  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, backyard chickens, photography, and hiking.

Heather Williams-- Heather is pursuing an M.S. (started June 2015) in the Fire Ecology Lab.  She earned a B.S. in Natural Resources Management with a focus in Conservation Science from TTU in December 2015.  Her research interests include aquatic ecology, entomology, restoration ecology, and river conservation. She is currently conducting a GCP-LCC funded study examining flow-recruitment relationships for young-of-year Guadalupe Bass on the North and South Llano River; and flow effects on growth throughout the Guadalupe Bass range in Central Texas. In her spare time, she enjoys fly fishing, backpacking, longbow archery, volunteering with the TTU prescribed fire crew, and spinning vinyl records. 

Interested in working in the Fire Ecology Lab?  We are hiring an M.S. student in for SPRING 2019 OR FALL 2019!  Contact Dr. Verble-Pearson for more information.