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Doctoral Faculty


Doctoral faculty are eligible to chair dissertation committees and teach doctoral-level courses. Prospective students must contact doctoral faculty members to identify an individual willing to serve as their major adviser prior to submitting their application to the graduate program. This faculty member must send an 'Intent to Mentor' letter to the Program Director agreeing to serve as the student's initial dissertation adviser.


Bonner, Timothy H., Professor, Ph.D., Texas Tech University (Ichthyology, Fish Ecology)

Castro-Arellano, Ivan, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Texas A&M University (Community Ecology, Null Model use in Ecology, Ecology of Infectious Diseases, Mammal Ecology)

Daniel, Kristy, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Missouri (Biology Education)

Dutton, Jessica, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Stony Brook University (Aquatic Toxicology)

Forstner, Michael R.J., Professor, Ph.D., Texas A&M University (Genetics, Systematics, Herpetology)

Gabor, Caitlin R., Professor, Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Environmental and Evolutionary Ecology, Behavioral Ecology; Evolutionary Ecology; Sexual Selection; Speciation)

Green, M. Clay, Professor, Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Wildlife Ecology, Ornithology, Mammalogy)

Hahn, Dittmar, Professor, Ph.D., Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands (Nitrogen-fixing Bacteria, Ecology of Pathogens, Molecular Microbial Ecology)

Hardy, Thom, Professor, Ph.D., Utah State University (Stream dynamics, hydrology)

Huertas, Mar, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Barcelona (Fish Endocrinology)

Kang, Hong-Gu, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (Molecular Plant Pathology, Plant Molecular Immunology, Plant Biotechnology)

Martin, Noland H., Associate Professor, Ph.D., Duke University (Plant Speciation, Hybridization)

McLean, Robert J. C., Professor, Ph.D., University of Calgary (Bacterial Biofilms, Genetics of Mixed Bacterial Populations, Geomicrobiology, Microbial Ecology)

Nice, Christopher C., Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Davis (Population Genetics, Ecology, Biogeography)

Nowlin, Weston H., Professor, Ph.D., University of Victoria (Ecosystem Ecology, Community Ecology, Ecotoxicology)

Ott, James R., Associate Professor, Ph. D., University of Maryland (Insect-Plant Interactions, Ecological Genetics, Life History and Life Cycle Evolution)

Rodriguez, David, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Texas Tech University (Microbial genetics/genomics)

Schwalb, Astrid, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Guelph (Stream Ecology)

Schwartz, Benjamin, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Karst Geomorphology, Hydrogeology and Geochemistry, Near Surface Geophysics, Ecohydrology, Groundwater Surface Water Interactions)

Schwinning, Susan, Professor, Ph.D., University of Arizona (Control of Invasive Grasses, Karst Ecohydrology, Mechanisms of Woody Encroachment, Ecological Modeling)

Upchurch, Garland R., Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Michigan (Paleobotany, Paleoclimatology, History of Angiosperms, Earth System History)

Veech, Joseph, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Nevada – Reno (Species Diversity, Population Ecology, Quantitative Ecology, Conservation Biology, Species-Habitat Relationships)

Weckerly, Floyd, Professor, Ph.D., University of Memphis (Wildlife Ecology, Population Biology and Ungulate Ecology)

Weigum, Shannon E., Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (Detection of Waterborne Parasites, Optical Biosensors, Microfluidic Devices)