Current & Previous Students

Name About Project Year
Anna Matthewsanna I grew up in Richardson, Texas, and I got my B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Minnesota (and in the process relearned the meaning of cold weather and mosquitoes). My research interests include the ecology and behavior of grassland/shrubland songbirds, inter- and intraspecific competitive interactions, and impacts of habitat management and urbanization. Specifically, my work is examining the response of grassland songbirds to different management regimes in Texas grasslands. Nesting ecology and nest site competition in the Bewick’s Wren 2017
Isabelle Walkerisabelle I grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Geology in 2011. I have worked in the avian conservation for the past five years mainly focusing on the recovery and management of endangered seabird species on Maui. My research interests are in spatial ecology and conservation of wildlife populations. I am interested in exploring how environmental factors effect foraging behavior and distribution of avian species. Spatial Distribution of juvenile Reddish Egrets (Egretta rufescens) in the Gulf of Mexico 2017
Amanda Mooreamanda I grew up in the Midwest, a tomboy, always playing in the dirt or climbing trees, and always having an affinity for nature and wildlife. My research interests are wildlife conservation, management, and playing in the dirt (aka: research) out in the field. When I am not chasing tiny invisible birds through the marsh, you can probably find me riding a bike or talking about how I don’t eat factory farmed meat. *wink* MS:The impact of human disturbance on the foraging ecology of Green Herons (Butorides virescens)   PhD:Resiliency and redundancy of Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis) populations in Texas (Co-advisor: Dr. Butch Weckerly) MS: 2014
PhD: 2019
christinaChristina Farrell 2019
Michelle Adcock 2021
James Tolliverjames I am interested in wetland ecology, avian ecology, and wildlife management. More specifically I am interested in the management and study of wetland birds such as rails and waterfowl. My thesis research is over the distribution and abundance of black rails (Laterallus jamaicensis) along the Texas Coast. I will be assessing habitat associations of the black rail with distribution and abundance using occupancy and n-mixture models. Occupancy and abundance of Black Rails in Texas (Co-advised with Dr. Butch Weckerly) 2017
Jarred BarrJarred I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Humboldt State University in 2009, and ever since then I’ve traveled all around the country doing wildlife and ecology-related work. Most of my research interests and past work lie within the realm of waterbirds, shorebirds, and waterfowl. Some of those interests include avian breeding ecology, community and colony ecology, predator/prey interactions,disturbance effects, and consequences of degradation of critical wetland habitat. Conservation and management is at the root of my interests, and is the driving force for my research. The use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to survey colonial waterbirds 2017
Sarah Durhamsara My research interests include conservation and management strategies for threatened and endangered species. For my thesis research I am specifically focusing on creating a population viability analysis model for the Reddish Egret using over 40 years of data. Through the creation of a detailed and thorough PVA model we hope to be able to predict the persistence of the species for a specified time into the future. The prediction using this model should be considered when making conservation and management decisions concerning the Reddish Egret. After graduate school I hope to obtain a job with a reputable conservation organization. My ultimate career goal is to work for the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy. Population viability analysis for the Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) 2017
Golya Shahrohkigolya Golya Shahrokhi received her Bachelor’s degree at Shahid Beheshti University (National University of Iran) in Biology with a minor in Zoology from Iran in 2012. She enrolled in the Wildlife Ecology Master program at Texas State University – San Marcos in 2013 and has started to work with Dr. M. Clay Green since then. While her studies at Texas State, she won the Kushlan Research Award from Waterbird Society and Texas State University Graduate College Thesis Research Support Fellowship. Her poster won the best student poster at Waterbird Society meeting in Bar Harbor, Maine in August 2015. An examination of gene flow among distinct management units of the Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) 2015
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