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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.
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!
"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,
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