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November 2012

  • Congratulations to Caryn Vaughn, Dan Allen, Jeff Kelly, and their colleagues. This month's issue of Science has a news story about the ecology and conservation of freshwater mussels. Caryn Vaughn is quoted, and the article mentions a paper by Allen, Vaughn, Kelly, Cooper, and Engel that was recently published in Ecology (Ecology 93:2165-2174). That paper has also been rated as a "must read" by the Faculty of 1000.

August 2012

  • Zoology Majors. The major code for the new Biology major (B105) is now available. If you want to switch to Biology (this is a one-way selection that you can't later reverse), you will need to fill out a change of major form in Ellison Hall. If you want to stay a Zoology major, you don't need to do anything.

    Please see your Department of Biology advisor or the advisors in the College of Arts and Sciences for additional information.

    Our first Biology majors will graduate in December!

  • Congratulations to Edie Marsh-Matthews and to Bill Matthews on a new $97,474 grant from the Wildlife Management Institue for research on "Historic and Current Habitat Use by Arkansas River Shiner in the South Canadian River in Central Oklahoma as Affected by River Flow: Predictions for Habitat Under Future Climate Scenarios."

    Graduate students, take heed. Some of this was based on data collected as part of Bill's dissertation from 1976. Always take good notes!

May 2012

  • "Phil Gibson, PhD, has been appointed Director of the Kessler Atmospheric and Ecological Field Station (KAEFS). Located approximately 24 miles southwest of the University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, the Kessler Field Station is a 360-acre research and education site operated by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The mission of KAEFS is to provide a venue for integrative and transdisciplinary investigations of atmospheric, ecological, and human interactions in the southern Great Plains rural landscape and to share the knowledge and information gained with the scientific community and the general public. Dr. Gibson will oversee operations of KAEFS, coordinate research, and promote education and outreach activities.

    Dr. Gibson has a joint appointment as an Associate Professor of Botany and Microbiology and an Associate Professor of Zoology. A native of Ponca City, Oklahoma, he received his B.S. in Botany from Oklahoma State University. He earned his M.S. in Botany from the University of Georgia, and his PhD in Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Gibson was an Associate Professor of Biology and Chair of the Biology Department at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

    Throughout his career, Dr. Gibson has worked to improve science education, particularly through active learning involving field-based experiences. He has taught field courses at the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station, Highlands Biological Station, and The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway. He has taught workshops on using field experiences for The Project Kaleidoscope Keystone Institute and served on the Highlands Biological Station Board of Scientific Advisors.

    Dr. Gibson's research investigates the evolutionary ecology of plant reproductive systems, plant conservation biology, and science education. He is an active member of the Botanical Society of America and has served as the Chair of the Teaching Sections and Vice Chair of the Ecological Section for that organization. He was also named a member of the Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for the 21st Century. We are pleased to announce the beginning of Dr. Gibson's tenure as Director of the Kessler Atmospheric and Ecological Field Station."
             -Kelvin K. Droegemeier
              Vice President for Research
              The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus






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