Welcome to the Department of Biology at Texas State University - San Marcos. The Biology Department is a large, multidisciplinary department with many strong research programs that are well funded. We serve about 14,000 students each year in modern facilities with up to date instrumentation emphasizing inquiry-based hands-on instruction. This year Biology has about 1,000 undergraduate majors and 130 graduate (masters and Ph.D.) students.
Our goal is to attain national and international prominence through integrating undergraduate and graduate education with multidisciplinary research programs. Through our educational, scholarship, and outreach activities, the department will enhance the image of Texas State by using the life sciences to help meet the current and future needs of society in Texas, the United States, and the world.
|Troy Maikis, M.S. Student in Wildlife Ecology under the supervision of Dr. Ivan Castro-Arellano, was awarded the William B. Davis award for best oral presentation at the Texas Society of Mammalogists annual meeting in Junction, Texas. The title of Troy's talk was Tick Prevalence from Rodent Assemblages at Peridomestic and Sylvan Sites across Texas. The William B. Davis award comes with a $400 honorarium.|
|Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Shawn McCracken and Dr. Michael Forstner, Professor of Biology, recently published a study in PLOS ONE demonstrating the negative effect of limited access oil roads in Ecuador’s Yasuni Biosphere Reserve on the unique frog community that inhabits the bromeliads occupying the high canopies of the Amazon forest. Their research also further illustrates the global conservation significance of the Yasuni National Park and the dangers of continued and new access roads within the park and its buffer zone. For more information, please see the PLOS ONE press release.|
|Dr. Shawn McCracken, post-doctoral researcher, and Dr. Mike Forstner, Professor of Biology, recently presented at the Tropical Forest Research and Education Conference: Yasuni Day in Mindo, Ecuador. Their talk was entitled “Do limited access rainforest oil roads = limited disturbance? Impacts on amphibians of the high canopy and the consequent genetic implications at the landscape scale” and has received considerable media attention about the “most biological diverse” spot on the Earth and the dangers of drilling in this region. For more information about Yasuni and its biodiversity, please click here and here.|
|Nicole Alonso, undergraduate student in (BS) Wildlife Biology, and Lauren Cody, Drew Harvey, Meredith Hominick, Andrea Julian, and Amanda Winn, graduate students in (MS) Wildlife Ecology, were awarded Internships through Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture. In 2013, Texas State University was tied with Texas A&M University for the most students selected for internships within Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.|
|Sara Harrod, M.S. (Wildlife Ecology Program) student in the lab of Dr. Clay Green, was awarded a research grant from the North American Bluebird Society for her thesis research entitled The Effects of Landscape Characteristics on Nesting Ecology of Cavity-Nesting Birds.|