Current Lab Members

Laura Gough Ph.D.

Professor of Biology


Ashley AsmusAshley Asmus

Graduate Student



Michelle Green

Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: I am interested in the effects of human activities on urban ecosystems.  My research focuses on the increased deposition of nitrogen in urban areas due primarily to fossil fuel combustion, and its effects on individual plant growth, allocation and tissue quality.  I'm also interested in indirect effects of nitrogen deposition on higher trophic levels, specifically insect herbivores.  Currently, I'm working with native plants in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.   


Heather Bass

M.S. Student
Environmental and Earth Sciences


Former Graduate Students

David Johnson, Ph.D. 2008
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
Dissertation topic: role of mammalian herbivores in determining arctic tundra plant community structure

Matt Watson, Ph.D. 2008
Assistant Professor at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA
Dissertation topic: comparative thermal ecology of the Plestiodon (Eumeces) fasciatus species complex

Julia Cherry, Ph.D., University of Alabama, 2005
Associate Professor of Biology and the New College at University of Alabama
Dissertation topic: role of semi-terrestrial herbivores and competition in structuring a water lily (Nymphaea odorata) population in an Alabama reservoir

Matt Rich, M.S. 2012
Inventory Arborist for Davey Tree Expert Company, MA
Thesis topic: arthropod abundance and community structure in shrub and open tundra

Jayme Walton, M.S. 2012
Biological Technician with SWCA Environmental Consultants, Arlington, TX
Thesis topic: succession of turtle and frog communities following strip mining in North Texas

Carol Moulton, M.S. 2009
Environmental Investigator, Texas Council on Environmental Quality
Thesis topic: role of sexual reproduction in dry heath arctic tundra plant communities

Carolyn Hess, M.S., 2008 
Chemistry and Physics teacher, Kaufman High School, Kaufman, TX
Thesis topic: how does the plant community determine soil mite abundance in four North Texas vegetation types

Amie Treuer, M.S., 2006
Plant Ecologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Austin, TX 
Thesis topic: does invasion of exotic Sorghum halepense facilitate invasion by native Prosopis glandulosa in North Texas prairie

Marnie Rout, M.S., 2005; Ph. D. 2012 University of Montana
Postdoctoral Scientist, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Thesis topic: allelopathy of Johnson grass (Sorghum halepense) in remnant North Texas prairie

Nia Pauliukonis, M.S., University of Alabama, 2002
Environmental Manager, State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection 
Thesis topic: role of clonality in plant competition in Michigan fens

Former Undergraduate Students

  • Gretchen Gann, graduate student, Texas Christian University
  • Donna Kirkland, nursing student, Ontario
  • Jef Knight, nursing student, North Texas
  • Rima Lucardi, completing Ph.D. with Dr. Gary Ervin, Mississippi State University; position as of Fall 2012: Research Ecologist, US Forest Service
  • Brian Moon, graduate student, Des Moines University
  • Joe Mowery, employed by USDA
  • Elizabeth Ramsey, M.S., University of Texas at Austin
  • Camille Rogers, science journalism Ph.D. student, University of Wisconsin
  • Kanchan Shrestha, M.S., Yale University
  • Abby Stubbs, CPS Liason, Safe Haven




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