Jacquelyn Duke, PhD

Jacquelyn Duke, PhD
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Senior Lecturer in Biology

Education

BS, California State University Stanislaus
MA, Baylor University
PhD, Baylor University

Professional Experience

  • 2013-Present: Senior Lecturer, Biology Department, Baylor University
  • 2006-Present: Researcher, Center for Reservoir and Aquatic System Research (CRASR), Baylor University
  • 2006-2013: Lecturer, Biology Department, Baylor University
  • 2005-2006: Research Assistant, Spatial Ecology Lab, Baylor University

Baylor Appointments

  • Biology Undergraduate Committee
  • Faculty Advisor for Baylor Student Dive Club
  • Science Advisor for Truett Seminary

Additional Scientific Appointments and Associations

Research interests

  • Riparian and Hyporheic Zones
  • Intermittent Stream Ecology
  • Dendroecology
  • Freshwater Ecosystems

Courses Taught

Biography

Trees suck. So much so, that sometimes they even change stream water dynamics when they grow adjacent to stream banks. That's been a focus of my research into riparian zones and hyporheic connections between streams and canopy transpiration. Have you ever flown in an airplane and followed the snaking outline of stream networks below? Did you notice how differently the plants along the bank look (especially here in Texas) from the rest of the landscape? Those are riparian zones - fascinating, species-rich, highly productive ribbons of life that are taking advantage of the abundant water flowing in those stream channels. If we could burrow beneath the soil surface in these areas, we'd find that water doesn't simply run parallel to all those trees, but it moves from the stream bank and back again, forming underground braids of meandering "rivers" within the soil. That's a hyporheic zone; and just like riparian zones, hyporheic zones are highly productive and ecologically important areas where lots of biogeochemical cycling is taking place. And that's what makes these places so fun to explore!

My love of water can be attributed to my younger years growing up in the Texas Hill Country. Small streams there are the essence of "dynamic" - going from bone-dry creek beds to raging torrents overnight. As a child I spent many an hour in North Little Creek, digging for treasure, hunting arrowheads, skipping rocks, catching frogs and just plain getting muddy. Each time it flooded, the creek bed shifted; and while a previous swimming hole might be a bed of gravel, three new ones opened up, making it feel as if an entirely new stream had been born of such fury.

How one small, non-living entity could spawn so much life in and among its banks fascinated me as a child and continues to do so today. In fact, it's my deep fascination with ecology that makes teaching science majors so exciting to me! I love biology, but just as importantly I love exploring biology through the fresh eyes of new students. I've designed my non-majors courses (and even my majors courses) around exploring current case studies and issues in the news media - things that are both familiar to and important to students. We use these as catalysts to dive into the science behind those issues - really dissect them from a scientific standpoint. I feel students learn much more effectively when they can attach a personal connection to a subject - and they have so much fun with the process that sometimes they're amazed they were actually building "scientific foundations" along the way! If you really love science, or even if you think you really hate science - you're my kind of student.

And about those "sucky" trees - scientifically we call that "canopy transpiration"!

Publications

Bonner, T., Duke, J.R., Guillen, G., Bio-West. 2017. Round Two Studies - Instream Flows Research and Validation Methodology Framework and Brazos Estuary Characterization. Brazos River and Associate Bay and Estuary System. Texas Water Development Board. 240 pgs. Nov 2017.

Bonner, T., Duke, J.R., Bio-West, San Antonio River Authority. 2017. Round Two Studies - Instream Flows Research and Validation Methodology Framework. Guadalupe, San Antonio, Mission, and Aransas Rivers and Mission, Copano, Aransas, and San Antonio Bays Basin. Texas Water Development Board. 210 pgs. Nov 2017.

Bonner, T., Duke, J.R., Bio-West, San Antonio River Authority. 2017. Instream Flows Research and Validation Methodology Framework. Colorado and Lavaca-Navidad Basins. Texas Water Development Board. 260 pgs. Nov 2017.

Duke J.R. 2015. Chapter 6: Riparian Vegetation. In Eds. Hardy, T., N. Davis. Texas Riparian Areas. Texas A&M University Press, USA. 230 pp. Bonner, T., Duke, J.R., Guillen, G., Winemiller, K., Bio-West. 2015. Instream Flows Research and Validation Methodology Framework and Brazos Estuary Characterization. Brazos River and Associate Bay and Estuary System. Texas Water Development Board. 202 pgs. Sept. 24, 2015.

Bonner, T., Duke, J.R., Bio-West, San Antonio River Authority. 2015. Instream Flows Research and Validation Methodology Framework. Guadalupe, San Antonio, Mission, and Aransas Rivers and Mission, Copano, Aransas, and San Antonio Bays Basin. Texas Water Development Board. 187 pgs. Sept 24, 2015.

Duke J.R. and M.M. Davis. 2014. Chapter 11: Woody Riparian Vegetation. In Eds. Davis, M., S. Brewer (eds.). Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative Regional Hypotheses of Ecological Responses to Flow Alteration. A product of the GCP LCC Flow-Ecology Hypotheses Committee, a part of the Southeastern Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) Instream Flow Project.

Wentzel, M., Hardy, T., Davis, N., Phillips, J., Jacob, J., Duke, J.R., Nelle, S. 2013. Texas Riparian Areas. TWDB Contract #1004831142

Duke, J.R. 2011. Riparian Productivity in Relation to Stream Dynamics Along Two Rivers: San Antonio and Brazos, in Central/South Texas. Texas Water Development Board Report. 116 pp.

Duke, J.R. 2010. Hands-On Biology – Revised Edition Laboratory manual for non-science-majors biology students. Stipes Publishing, Champaigne, IL. 149 pp.

Duke, J.R. 2008. Hands-On Biology Laboratory manual for non-science-majors biology students. Stipes Publishing, Champaigne, IL. 149 pp.

Duke, J.R., J.D. White, S. Prochnow, L. Zygo, P.M. Allen, R.S. Muttiah. 2007. The Use of Remote Sensing and Modeling to Detect Small Dam Influences on Land-cover Changes Along Downstream Riparian Zones. International Journal of Ecohydrology and Hydrobiology 7:281-293.

Duke, J.R., J.D. White, P.M. Allen, R.S. Muttiah. 2007. Riparian Influence on Hyporheic-zone Formation Downstream of a Small Dam in the Blackland Prairie Region of Texas. Hydrological Processes 21:141-150. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.6228.

van de Geve1, S., Finkelstein, S., Lenhartzen, V., Carr, D.W., Wienert, M., Duke, J.R., Achterhof, D., Kasson, M.T., Bissey, L., Kelly, D., Maxwell, S. 2006. Field sampling and dendrochronological techniques in mixed conifer forests: A comparative study of Ponderosa State Park and French Creek Road, central Idaho. 15th Annual North American Dendroecological Fieldweek (NADEF) Final Report. pp12-28.

Duke, J.R., J.D. White, P.M. Allen, R.S. Muttiah. 2004. Riparian Influence of Hydrologic Fluxes Downstream of a Small-Scale Dam (Abstract). UCOWR/NIWR Conf Proceedings: Allocating Water: Economics & Environment Portland, OR, July 2004.

Muttiah, R.S., J.D. White, J.R. Duke, P.M. Allen. 2004. Estimation of Source Water to Cedar Elm in a Central Texas Riparian Ecosystem. Hydrological Processes 19: 475-491. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.5545.

Duke, J.R., J.D. White, P.M. Allen, R.S. Muttiah. 2002. Impacts of flood impoundments on water balances of downstream riparian corridors. Ground Water/Surface Water Interactions. AWRA Conference Proceedings, Journal of the American Water Resources Association TPS-02-2:417-422.

Duke, J.R., J.D. White, P.M. Allen. 2002. Rapid Risk Assessment of Watersheds and Dams Using GIS and Modeling. Texas Water Resources Institute Technical Report SR 2002-002:1-9.

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