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Current Research Students



Jamie Oriez

Bachelor's Degree: DePauw University, GreenCastle, IN
Anticipated Completion: May 2018
Interests: Conservation Biology
Thesis Description: Persistence of Prairie Dog Colonies in Kansas



Liz Tanner

Bachelor's Degree: University of Wisconsin -- Platteville, Platteville, WI
Anticipated Completion: May 2018
Interests: Conservation Biology
Thesis Description: Climate Change and Migratory Phenology of Birds



Elizabeth Tharman

Bachelor's Degree: Benedictine College, Atchison, KS
Anticipated Completion: May 2017
Interests: Behavior
Thesis Description: Elizabeth is examining how breeding behavior and natural history of birds varies at continental scales.
Employer: Biological Sciences Instructor, Department of Math and Science, Garden City Community College, Garden City, KS



Mitch Meyer

Bachelor's Degree: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
Anticipated Completion: May 2017
Interests: Conservation Biology
Thesis Description:Species Distribution Modeling of Bats



Morgan Ambrosier

Interests: Genetic Counseling
Project Description: Geography of Genetics



Aubrey McBride

Interests: Forensic Science
Project Description: Geography of Genetics



Alumni Research Students




Patrice Betz

Bachelor's Degree: Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
Completed Master's Degree: September 2015
Interests: Conservation Biology
Thesis: Effects of Environmental and Anthropogenic Factors of the Range Contraction of Bird and Mammal Species
Undergraduate project: Herpetofaunal Habitat Associations
Employer: Naturalist, Dillons Nature Center, Hutchinson, KS



Frances Owen

Bachelor's Degree: University of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
Completed Master's Degree: October 2014
Interests:Conservation Biology
Thesis: Effect of grain, region, and human influence on higher taxonomic surrogacy
Employer: Naturalist, Des Moines County, Des Moines, IA



Lisa Prowant

Bachelor's Degree: Benedictine College, Atchison, KS
Completed Master's Degree: April 2014
Interests:Conservation Biology
Thesis: Inferring Herpetofaunal Distributions and Habitat Preferences for Conservation Planning
Employer: PhD Student, Department of Ecology and Evolution, State University of New York -- Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY



Jenn Klaus

Bachelor's Degree: Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
Completed Master's Degree: April 2014
Interests: Microbiology
Thesis: Dispersal of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria near Central Great Plains Feedlots
Undergraduate project: Large Scale Spatial Correlation of Extinction Threats
Employer: PhD Student, Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS



Jennifer Snyder

Bachelor's Degree: Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
Completed Bachelor's Degree: April 2014
Undergraduate project: Local Extinction of Mammals in the National Park System of the United States
Employer: PhD Student, Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS



Andree Brisson

Bachelor's Degree: Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
Completed Master's Degree: May 2012
Interests: Conservation Biology
Thesis: The Face of ExtinctionL Are Charismatic Species more Vulnerable to endangerment?
Employer: Director of International Studies and Sustainability, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS



Caroline Curtis

Bachelor's Degree: Bridgewater State College, Bridgwater, MA
Completed Master's Degree: May 2012
Interests: Biogeography, Conservation Biology, and Ecological Modeling
Thesis: The Effects of Climate Change on the Distribution of Invasive Plants and Their Associated Biological Control Agents in North America
Employer: PhD Student, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA



Megan Rhoweder

Bachelor's Degree: Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
Completed Master's Degree: April 2012
Interests: Conservation Biology
Thesis: Spatial Conservation Prioritization of Kansas for Terrestrial Vertebrates
Undergraduate project: The Effect of Productivity, Habitat Heterogeneity, and Human Density on Species Richness of Avian Predators
Employer: Conservation Planner, Kansas Department of Widlife, Parks, and Tourism, Hays, KS



Georgina Jacquez

Bachelor's Degree: New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
Completed Master's Degree: May 2010
Interests: Climate Change and Conservation Biology
Thesis: Climate Change: Implications for Montane Mammals of the Great Basin
Employer: Park Ranger, Tumacacori National Historical Park, United States National Park Service



Elita Baldridge

Bachelor's Degree: Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Completed Master's Degree: May 2010
Interests: Biogeography and Macroecology
Thesis: Nested Subsets, Scale, and the Distribution of Abundance: A Macroecological Approach
Further Education: PhD from Utah State University, Logan, UT
Employer: Independent Researcher and Empress of Goats



Dusty Tacha

Bachelor's Degree: Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
Completed Master's Degree: April 2009
Interests: Range Managment
Thesis: Impacts of black-tailed prairie dog on shortgrass vegetation in western Kansas
Employer: Rangeland Management Specialist, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture, Hutchinson, KS



Sarah Reeves

Bachelor's Degree: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Completed Master's Degree: April 2008
Thesis: Microhabitat selection and pit efficiency of Myrmeleon antlion larvae



Shaun Dunn

Bachelor's Degree: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
Completed Master's Degree: April 2007
Interests: Conservation Biology
Thesis: A comparison of Carabid beetle taxocenes between rangeland and Conservation Reserve Program fields in western Kansas. Impacts of black-tailed prairie dog on shortgrass vegetation in western Kansas
Employer: Wind and Wildlife Coordinator, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Lincoln, NE