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King_Ryan_record_longnose Ryan S. King, Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Program Director, Biology

King directs students and manages all research projects in the aquatic ecology lab.

King is a bit of a flyfishing fanatic and prone to brag about fishing experiences.

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Back_Jeff_fallsonbrazos Jeffrey A. Back, Ph.D., Baylor Univ.

Jeff is a world-class taxonomist and maintains one of the largest personal collections of aquatic Hemiptera and Coleoptera any of us has ever seen. Jeff generated an amazing data set on nutrient stoichiometry of macroinvertebrates differing in their life history traits across developmental stages for his dissertation at Baylor, which he defended in 2013. He remains a core collaborator with our lab as research associate and instrument specialist with CRASR.

Hiatt_Dan_hws_2011 Daniel Hiatt, M.S.
Ph.D. student, Biology

Daniel studied water quality and its influence of biota in experimental streams for his master's thesis. Here, he is a core member of the Alaska headwater stream team and is studying the influence of nutrient availability on periphyton growth and enzyme activity in salmon-rearing streams of the Kenai Peninsula and in subtropical limestone streams in Texas.

wright_moncie Moncie Wright, M.S.
Ph.D. student, Biology

Moncie's master's research focused on interspecific competition among native and invasive crayfish species in Maryland streams. While completing her M.S. degree, Moncie worked full-time as an environmental consultant. She is interested in studying biogeochemistry and ecology of streams, possibly focusing on effects of nanomaterials on ecosystem processes in the Baylor experimental stream facility.

Robbins_Caleb2013 Caleb Robbins
Ph.D. student, Biology

Caleb joined the lab in Fall 2012. He is a key member of the Alaska headwater stream team and spent summer of 2013 working on two whole-stream enrichment experiments. Caleb is still developing his PhD proposal ideas, but one facet of his research will involve microbial community response to dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen in streams.

Cook_Stephen Stephen Cook
Ph.D. student, Biology

Stephen joined the lab in Fall 2013 and holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Baylor. He spent three years following graduation working on several projects ranging from harvest surveys on crabbing vessels in the Alaskan Bering Sea (yes the same ones featured on the television hit, Deadliest Catch) to collecting data on rocky intertidal communities on the Oregon coast.

Lauren Housley
M.S. student, Biology

Lauren joined the lab in June 2014, leaving an environmental consulting position as a field biologist and macroinvertebrate taxonomist. Lauren is a core member of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers study. She is beginning to develop ideas for her thesis, which will likely involve biomass and production of grazing invertebrates in response to phosphorus over-enrichment of streams. She is a Society of Freshwater Science Certified taxonomist.

Hooker_Katherine_250 Katherine Hooker
Research Technician (and former superstar undergrad)

Katherine examined the effects of stream water chemistry on grass litter chemical composition as an undergrad in our lab. She used nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to characterize the relative abundance of organic molecules indicative of decomposition and microbial colonization in cooperation with Dr. Bill Hockaday's lab. She is now a research technician on our Oklahoma Scenic Rivers project.