Department of Biology and Earth Science
Instructor of Biology
B.S. in Botany, Texas State University
M.S. in Biology, Texas State University
I am a Texan but spent a significant portion of my childhood in Missouri. I received my B.S. in Botany at Texas State University in 1999 and stayed on for a Master’s degree in Biology (emphasizing Plant Ecology) in 2002. My Master’s thesis project involved restoring a parcel of Blackland prairie in central Texas while trying to eliminate an exotic C4 oldworld bluestem grass known as King Ranch Bluestem (Bothriochloa ischaemum).
While in graduate school I was fortunate to wear many “hats”; I worked on the Aquarena Springs wetland restoration project, surveyed the endangered Texas endemic plant Abronia macrocarpa (Big-Fruited Sand Verbena), and taught six labs, including Ecology, Plant Ecology, Phycology, Modern Biology, Botany, and Economic Botany. I also spent some time employed as a Biologist for the City of San Marcos which involved designing a wildscape on the interpretive center premises, teaching interpretive nature programs to children and adults, and basic care of in-house live vertebrate specimens.
At State Fair Community College in Sedalia and at Whiteman Air Force Base I taught Intro to Biology, General Biology with lab, and Environmental Science. Since being hired at UCM in the Fall of 2005 I have begun teaching the non-major general education courses Intro to Biology – Ecology 1003 (without lab) and with lab (1004) and I am also the coordinator for 1004 labs. I am offering a Herpetology class for the first time in the Spring of 2007 and my ultimate goal is to return to graduate school for a Ph.D involving herp conservation and/or phylogeny.
I am also involved with coordinating programs at the UCM Environmental Education Center for children and adults.
Personal interests include scuba diving, herping in warm weather, biking on the Katy Trail, soap making, paper making, and canoeing with my husband, Aaron. We love our four cats (Vivian, Angus, Tyberius, and Boris), our dog (Shep), our two tiger salamanders (Ambrose and Heffe), and our two fish (Cleveland and Tea).
Department of Biology and Earth Sciences
Office: WCM 232A, UCM