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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Dr. Fanson Kidwaro, Chair
Instructor of Biology
B.S. in Botany, Texas State University
M.S. in Biology, Texas State University
I am from Texas 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 old world bluestem grass known as King Ranch Bluestem (Bothriochloa ischaemum).
While in graduate school I was fortunate to participate in a variety of projects and gain many different types of experiences. 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 taught many classes, including Principles of Biology, Plant Biology, Animal Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Herpetology, and Wildlife Policy and Law. I am also the co-faculty advisor to the UCM student chapter of The Wildlife Society.
I am beginning a PhD project at the University of North Texas that involves evaluating the prevalence and distribution of Frog Virus-3 (Ranavirus) in amphibians in the Missouri River flood plain within Missouri, as well as the prevalence of FV3 in pallid and shovelnose sturgeon in the Missouri River within Missouri.
Department of Biology and Agriculture
Office: WCM 232A, UCM