GRADUATE STUDENTS





Clara Frasconi-Wendt-- Clara is pursuing an M.S. (started August 2013) in the Fire Ecology Lab in the Natural Resources Management Department.  Clara earned a B.S. (2012) in Biology at the University of Sienna.  She is studying relationships between body size and thermal tolerance in harvester and fire ants in the Texas Panhandle.  Her other research interests include insect ecology and heat physiology.  Clara is originally from Volterra, Italy.  Her hobbies are traveling, hiking and reading.






Nick Goforth-- Nick is pursuing an M.S. (started January 2013) in the Fire Ecology Lab in the Natural Resources Management department.  He is study the effects of fire on bats and their prey.  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 is studying the effects of wildfire and prescribed burning on forest-dwelling bats in northern New Mexico.  In particular, he is examining the effects of fire on bat activity levels and prey abundance.  His research is being conducted in the southwest Jemez Mountains in the Santa Fe National Forest.  Upon completion of his MS, he plans to pursue a doctorate working on bat behavioral ecology.  You can follow Nick's blog here.





Rachel Granberg:  Rachel is pursuing an M.S. (started January 2013) in the Fire Ecology Lab.  Rachel earned her B.S. in Wildlife Ecology at Washington State University (2009).  Rachel will be studying the relationship between land management and horned lizard populations in central Texas with a focus on vegetation structure and composition. Additionally, she will pursue species-specific modeling of habitat suitability and connectivity for the central Texas region.  Originally from Washington, Rachel is enjoying some Texas sun.  She loves to travel, hike in the back country, and ride horses





Tabea Malinowski (M.S., started August 2013):  Tabea is pursuing an M.S. in the Fire Ecology Lab under the joint advisement of Dr. Verble and Dr. Gad Perry studying the effects of fire and grazing on vegetation and ants as influenced by disturbance.  Additionally, she is assessing home ranges of horned lizards among sites within Texas.  Tabea earned her B.S. in Biology at the Christian-Albrechts University in the north of Germany (2011).  Her research interests include impacts of invasive species on animals/endangered species and their protection from environmental and anthropogenic impacts/influences.  Her hobbies include hiking, camping, traveling, scuba diving, and music.







Anna Meyer:  Anna is pursuing an M.S. (started January 2013) in the Fire Ecology Lab studying the impact of disturbances on horned lizard populations in central Texas.  She 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. 





Britt Smith-- Britt is pursuing a Ph.D. (started May 2014) in the Fire Ecology Lab. Britt earned a B.S. (2009) in Environmental Science at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He earned an M.S. (2014) in Natural Resource Ecology & Management at Oklahoma State University, where he examined the influences of patch burning and grazing's influence on vegetation and grassland birds. He previously worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a wildlife technician on chronic wasting disease surveillance in white tailed deer and for the Southwest Wisconsin Grassland and Stream Conservation Area. His research interests center around fire, vegetation, and animal response in the Great Plains. He is currently working on the influences of prescribed fire and mechanical mesquite removal on insects and northern bobwhite quail in the Texas Rolling Plains. His other interests include botanizing, cycling, cats, indigenous knowledge and cultures, and art.