The Department of Zoology offers programs of study and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Zoology. For details please see our Departmental website http://zoology.okstate.edu/index.php/home.
The Department of Zoology takes an integrative approach to research in organismal biology, focusing on increasing our knowledge of organisms and their environments through studies ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem level. We have three inclusive areas of study, evolution, ecology, and environmental stress, which we define quite broadly. Among others, these areas include studies in conservation ecology, genomics, neuroscience, behavioral ecology, environmental toxicology, science education, systematics, ecosystem studies, and physiology. The Department has over 20 regular faculty members, numerous active adjuncts and emeritus members, and typically around 60 graduate students. Our faculty are very successful in obtaining competitive research grants including those from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, U. S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. A necessity of our integrative approach involves collaborations with many other entities on campus such as Veterinary Medicine, Education, Natural Resources Management, and Engineering. The department also houses the Collection of Vertebrates and the Ecotoxicology and Water Quality Research Laboratory, and we have a close working relationship with other government and nongovernmental agencies/organizations housed in our building, namely the USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) group with the Playa Lakes Joint Venture.
Application deadline: 15 February.
Graduate Faculty List
Joseph R. Bidwell
Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 1993
Aquatic ecotoxicology, benthic invertebrates, amphibians.
Craig A. Davis
Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1996
Avian ecology and management, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrate ecology.
Ph.D., Colorado, 1980
Animal behavior, sex and gender, evolution.
Ph.D., Oklahoma, 1970
Molecular systematics, conservation genetics, ecology of fishes.
Margaret S. Ewing
Ph.D., Oklahoma State, 1966
Parasite-fish host interactions, biology teaching approaches, women and biology.
William L. Fisher
Ph.D., Louisville, 1987
Assistant Leader, Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Fish ecology, fisheries science, stream ecology, GIS applications in natural resources.
Ph.D., Yale, 1973
Evolutionary and behavioral ecology, social organization of lizards, worldwide amphibian declines.
Donald P. French
Ph.D., Indiana, 1985
Science (Biology) education, ethology.
Meredith J. Hamilton
Ph.D., Texas Tech, 1989
Chromosomal and genome evolution.
Eric C. Hellgren
Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 1988
Wildlife nutrition, physiology, and ecology; ecology of large mammals; ecological effects of anthropogenic forces.
David M. Leslie, Jr.
Ph.D., Oregon State, 1982
Leader, Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Terrestrial vertebrate ecology, endangered species recovery.
Matthew B. Lovern
Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 2000
Environmental physiology, endocrine regulation of development and behavior.
Ph.D., Texas A&M, 1985
Environmental genetics, wildlife toxicology, mammalian systematics and evolution.
Timothy J. O'Connell
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State, 1999
Avian ecology, indicators of ecological integrity.
David J. Schmidly
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, 1971
Natural resource management and conservation, mammalian systematics, ecology, and natural history.
Ph.D., Yale, 1974
Behavior, ecology, and conservation of large mammals.
Ph.D., Oregon State, 1980
Life history tactics of vertebrates, lizard nutrition, effects of toxicants on lizards.
Ph.D., Indiana, 1965
Ronald A. Van Den Bussche
Ph.D., Texas Tech, 1989
Molecular systematics, conservation genetics, molecular evolution, and ecological genetics.
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1993
Fisheries management, life-history strategies, population dynamics.
Adjunct Faculty Cooperators
Charles I. Abramson
Ph.D., Boston, 1986
Department of Psychology, Invertebrate behavior.
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1989
Department of Biology, University of Central Oklahoma
Behavioral ecology, evolutionary ecology.
Ph.D., Oklahoma State, 1994
Conservation, ethology and zoo research.
Ph.D., UCLA, 1991
Behavioral ecology, vertebrate conservation biology.
Tracy S. Carter
Ph.D., Michigan State, 1975
Vertebrate conservation and ethology.
Ph.D., Oklahoma State, 1990
Stover and Associates. Ecotoxicology, pharmacology.
Jonathan A. Jenks
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 1991
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, South Dakota State Large mammal ecology and management.