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Oklahoma Theses and Dissertations

  • Johnston, J. 2017. Improving sampling and monitoring of shovelnose sturgeon in the Great Plains. MS Thesis. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
  • Johnson, J.R. 2017. Detection, occupancy and distribution of Asian Swamp Eel (Monopterus albus) in Georgia. Master’s Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 68 pages.
  • Taylor, A.T. 2017. Influences of fragmentation on fluvial-specialist black bass species. PhD Dissertation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 201 pages.
  • Mollenhauer, R. 2016. Sampling the stream landscape: Factors influencing detection and distribution of stream fishes. PhD Dissertation. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
  • Civiello, A.P. 2016. Effect of shallow-water habitat quantity on young-of-year shovelnose sturgeon prey use and condition along a longitudinal gradient. Master's Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 80 pages. Download
  • Powers, J. 2016. Factors related to the distribution of freshwater mussels on Muddy and Clear Boggy rivers. MS Thesis. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
  • Farless, N. 2015.The influence of flow alteration on instream habitat and fish assemblages. MS Thesis. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
  • Dolman, Richard W. 2015. Small mammal communities and functional connectivity in the Lower Rio Grande Valley: a landscape perspective. Ph.D. Dissertation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 67 pp.
  • Starks, T.A. 2015. Larval fish ecology in restored habitats in the lower Missouri River. Master's Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Download
  • Musselman, W. C. 2014. The importance of mantaining shallow-water habitats for the movement and survival of stream fishes. M.S. thesis, Oklahoma State Univeristy, Stillwater.
  • Cartabiano, E.C. 2014. Excessive sedimentation in reservoirs: effects on fish communities and feeding efficiency. Master's thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
  • Tanner, C.D. 2014. The effects of water quantity on fish assemblage composition in the upper Cimarron River. Master's thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
  • Dyer, J. J. 2014. The impact of flow alterations to crayfishes in southeastern Oklahoma, with an emphasis on the mena crayfish (Orconectes mena). MS Thesis, Oklahoma State University, May.
  • Snow, R.A. 2014. Life history of juvenile Alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) in Oklahoma. Masters thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 47 pgs.
  • Nealis, A. 2013. Characteristics of two self-sustaining populations of paddlefish in northeast Oklahoma. Master's thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
  • Stewart, D.R. 2013. Factors related to stocking success of 178-mm channel catfish in medium size Oklahoma reservoirs. Doctoral dissertation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
  • Gatlin, M.R. 2013. The effects of hydrologic alteration on stream fish community structure in Lee Creek, Oklahoma. Master's thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 96 pages.
  • Spinks, R. L. 2013. Potential effects of climate changes on Ozark big-eared bats and gray bats in Oklahoma. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 51 pp.
  • Taylor, AT. 2012. Status assessment of a shoal bass population in the lower Flint River, Georgia. M.S. Thesis, University of Georgia.
  • Porta, M.J. 2011. Effects of environmental variation on stocking success of an endemic black bass species in the Chattahoochee River, Georgia. Masters thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
  • Hensley, G. M. 2010. Fire effects on habitat quality for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) within the Cross Timbers Ecoregion. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 74 pp.
  • Barstow, A. L. 2010. Ecology and conservation of the Pantanal Cat, Leopardus braccatus (Cope, 1889): a species account. M.S. Report Option, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 38 pp.
  • Brewer, S. K. 2008. Landscape and inchannel factors affecting the distribution and abundance of riverine smallmouth bass in Missouri. PhD. pp191. Charles Rabeni, Adviser.
  • Barrett, D. A. 2008. Status and population characteristics of the northern river otter (Lontra canadensis) in central and eastern Oklahoma. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma University, Stillwater. 114 pp. Initial Employment: Wildlife Biologist, Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Yuma, AZ.
  • Brown, Angela G. Demographic characteristics and habitat associations of an expanding black bear (Ursus americanus) population in Oklahoma. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma University, Stillwater. 55 pp. Initial Employment: Wildlife Biologist, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tulsa, OK.
  • Perry, Roger W. Stand- and landscape-level roost selection by forest bats in the Ouachita Mountains. Ph.D. Dissertation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 87 pp. Initial Employment: Wildlife Biologist, Southern Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, Hot Springs, AR.
  • Smith, Stephanie J. Using genetics analyses to gain insight on a rare bat, Corynorhinus townsendii pallescens. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 49 pp. Initial Employment: Wildlife Biologist, Bureau of Land Management, Pinedale, WY.
  • Walter, W. David. Ecology of a colonizing population of Rocky Mountain elk (Cervus elaphus). Ph.D. Dissertation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 87 pp. Initial Employment: Post-doctoral Fellow, U.S.D.A. Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, CO.
  • Leis, Sherry A. Effects of military training on soil, vegetation, and the small-mammal community in a mixed prairie. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 86 pp. [Co-advised with D. M. Engle] Initial Employment: Botanist, Missouri Department of Wildlife Conservation, Columbia, MO.
  • Whittaker, T. D. 2004. The herpetofauna of Hispaniola with special emphasis on the Dominican Republic: description, anthropogenic effects, and management. M.S. Report Option, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 47 pp. Initial Employment: Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, Tulsa, OK.
  • Brewer, S. K. 2004. Evaluating the role of shallow habitats to the spawning success of fish species in the Marais des Cygnes River. MS Thesis, University of Missouri, Columbia. 150pp.
  • Kasson, Shane A. Effects of prescribed burning on cattail (Typha latifolia) dominated marshes. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 53 pp. Initial Employment: Wildlife Biologist, Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Vian, OK.
  • Miller, O. Dewayne. Efficacy of moist-soil management techniques on Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area: response of vegetation, existing soil seed bank, and waterfowl. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 90 pp. Initial Employment: Ranch Manager, Briar Lakes Ranch, L.P., Palestine, TX.
  • Martin, Keith W. Effects of internal gating structures on cave microclimates and management implications for cave-dwelling bats. Ph.D. Dissertation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 96 pp. Initial Employment: Assistant Professor, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK.
  • Whittier, J. B. 2001. Management implications of population genetics and demographics of least terns (Sterna antillarum). Ph.D. Dissertation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 100 pp. Initial Employment: Wildlife Biologist, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pierre, SD.
  • Feirer, Shane T. Nesting ecology of ardeids, including cattle egrets, and restoration on Ralstin Island in northcentral Oklahoma. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 91 pp. Initial Employment: Conservation Associate, The Nature Conservancy, Oklahoma Chapter, Tulsa, OK.
  • Webb, Eric. Limitations in essential amino acid nutrition in cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus) in Oklahoma. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 102 pp. [Co-advised with the late R. L. Lochmiller] Initial Employment: State Agent, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal Damage Control, Richmond, VA.
  • Long, J. M. 2000. Population dynamics and interactions of three black bass species in an Oklahoma reservoir as influenced by environmental variability and a differential harvest regulation. Ph. D. Dissertation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 123 pp.
  • Townsend, Darrell E., III. Improving management for northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus): re-evaluation of movements, nesting habitat and feeding ecology. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 96 pp. [Co-advised with the late R. L. Lochmiller] Initial Employment: Ph.D. Assistantship, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
  • Cole, Matthew L. Wildlife-habitat relationship model, avian community structure, and shorebird habitat use in south-central Oklahoma. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 161 pp. Initial Employment: Research Associate, Murray State University, Murray, KY.
  • Faucette, Raymond F., Jr. Evaluation of a recirculating aquaculture-hydroponics system. Ed.D. Dissertation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 68 pp. [Co-advised with A. V. Zale] Initial Employment: Langston University, Langston, OK.
  • Winton, Bryan R. Breeding ecology of great horned owls and barred owls in relation to nesting interior least terns at Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma: 1995 and 1996. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 102 pp. Initial Employment: Wildlife Biologist, Lower Rio Grande Refuge Complex, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alamo, TX.
  • Simmonds, Robert L., Jr. Effects of piscivorous birds, particularly cormorants, on reservoir and aquacultural fishes in Oklahoma. M. S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 91 pp. [Co advised with A. V. Zale] Initial Employment: Fisheries Biologist, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Suffolk, VA.
  • Long, J.M. 1995. Habitat selection by size classes of largemouth bass. Masters thesis, Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State University), Springfield, MO.
  • Koenen, Marcus T. Breeding ecology and management of least terns, snowy plovers, and American avocets. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 108 pp. Initial Employment: Peace Corps, Ecuador, South America.
  • Schweitzer, Sara H. Abundance and conservation of endangered interior least terns nesting on salt flat habitat. Ph.D. Dissertation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 128 pp. Initial Employment: Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
  • Wood, G. Keith. Evaluation of the population and habitat status of the endangered interior least tern on the Arkansas River, Oklahoma. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State Univer¬sity, Stillwater. 140 pp. Initial Employment: Biologist, The Nature Conservancy (Oklahoma Chapter), Tulsa, OK.
  • Stone, Kelli L. Shorebird habitat use and response to burned marshes during spring migration in south central Kansas. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 92 pp. Initial Employment: Wildlife Biologist, Ouray National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ouray, UT.
  • Wethington, Traci A. Foraging activity, habitat use, and cave selection by the en¬dangered Ozark big eared bat (Plecotus townsendii ingens). M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 53 pp. Initial Employment: Nongame Biologist, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Frankfurt, KY.
  • Utych, Russell B. Compatibility of selenite crystal digging with breeding ecology of least terns and snowy plovers at Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 45 pp. Initial Employment: Associate Research Biologist, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI.
  • Schuette, James R. Seasonal dietary overlap between hartebeest and roan antelope in Burkina Faso, West Africa. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 158 pp. Initial Employment: Supervisory Biologist III, Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, West Palm Beach, FL.
  • Clark, Brenda S. Activity patterns, habitat use, and prey selection by the Ozark big eared bat (Plecotus townsendii ingens). Ph.D. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 80 pp. Initial Employment: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK.
  • Jenks, Jonathan A. Effect of cattle stocking rate on the nutritional ecology of white tailed deer in managed forests of southeastern Oklahoma and southwestern Arkansas. Ph.D. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 131 pp. Initial Employment: As¬sistant Professor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD.
  • Kelly, Jeffrey F. The influence of habitat quality on the population decline of the red cockaded woodpecker in the McCurtain County Wilderness Area, Oklahoma. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 50 pp. Initial Employment: Ph.D. As¬sistantship, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.
  • Schulz, Cynthia A. Response of nongame bird populations to herbicides in the Cross Timbers of Oklahoma. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 65 pp. Initial Employment: Biologist, Environmental Section, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
  • Stancill, Wayne J. An evaluation of survey methodology and habitat use of waterfowl on Grand Lake, Oklahoma. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 54 pp. Initial Employment: Refuge Biologist, Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Mayville, WI.
  • Jahrsdoerfer, Sonja E. Tamaulipan brushlands of south Texas: description, human impacts, and management options. M.S. Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 145 pp. Initial Employment: Nongame Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Fisher, W. L. 1987. The comparative ecology of benthic riffle fish assemblages in three central Kentucky streams. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Louisville, Kentucky. 198 pp.
  • Santillo, David J. Response of small mammals and breeding birds to herbicide induced habitat changes on clearcuts in Maine. M.S. Thesis, University of Maine, Orono. 74 pp. [Served as advisor for 1st half of M.S. program] Initial Employment: Staff Biologist, Ecology and Environment, Ltd., Lancaster, NY.
  • Jenks, Jonathan A. Synergistic relationships among important winter forages of white tailed deer. M.S. Thesis, University of Maine, Orono. 55 pp. Initial Employment: Ph.D. Assistantship, Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.

  • D'Anieri, Peter A. Small mammals in herbicide treated clearcuts in northern Maine. Honors Thesis, University of Maine, Orono, ME. 29 pp. Initial Employment: M.S. Assistantship, Virginia Polytech, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Fisher, W. L. 1979. An assessment of the fish populations of Eagle, Stotts, and Rattlesnake creeks in central Indiana. Master's Thesis, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana. 105 pp.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 8

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 11

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 24

Scientific Publications: 84

Presentations: 184

 

Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
  2. Oklahoma State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute