Graduate (M.S.) Positions in Biology at Austin Peay State University

From: Johansen, Rebecca E [mailto:johansenr@APSU.EDU]
Sent: Monday, December 18, 2017 2:32 PM
Subject: Graduate (M.S.) Positions in Biology at Austin Peay State University

The Department of Biology at Austin Peay State University (APSU) invites applications for admission to our M.S. program for Fall 2018. We offer both thesis-track and non-thesis track degrees. The program comprises approximately 30 graduate students supported by research and teaching assistantships. APSU (11,000 students) is located in Clarksville, TN, 45 minutes northwest of Nashville and is in close proximity to remnant prairies, numerous parks and public lands, and diverse aquatic ecosystems. For more information about the Biology Department and resources for research, please visit

The application deadline for Fall 2018 admission is March 1. For more information on application and admission requirements, see
Successful applicants will receive support from teaching or research assistantships and receive a full tuition waiver.

Because support of a faculty advisor is necessary for admission to the M.S. thesis-track plan of study, interested students should communicate with potential faculty research mentors as part of the application process. The following faculty are recruiting students for the upcoming Fall 2018-19 academic year. Support of a faculty research mentor is not required for admission of those students interested in pursuing a non-thesis degree.

Carol Baskauf (
Population genetics and ecophysiology of plants, focusing on rare species of conservation concern; comparisons of genetically or ecologically relevant attributes of rare and widespread congeners.

Mollie F. Cashner (
Evolution of reproductive behavior in fishes using both experimental and molecular approaches.

C.M. Gienger (
Ecology of amphibians and reptiles.

Rebecca Blanton Johansen ( Evolution, phylogeography, and conservation of freshwater fishes and crayfishes.

Jason Malaney (
Species-environment relationship with research focused at the interface of ecology and evolution; focused questions target a better understanding of the factors responsible for generating and maintaining diversity of wild mammals using specimen-based research.

Sergei Markov (
Research interests include: a) molecular hydrogen production by microorganisms; b) microalgae for biofuels and chemicals; c) bioreactors/photobioreactors and bioprocess engineering, and d) wastewater clean-up by microorganisms.

Daniel Frederick (
Dr. Frederick in the Department of Geosciences is recruiting a student to examine Foraminifera as a measure of environmental conditions of Puget Sound in Washington. The successful applicant will collaborate with Dr. Frederick, APSU Biology faculty, and faculty at the University of Washington to sample tidal flats of Puget Sound to identify foraminiferan diversity and to use data to develop a numerical index of environment quality that can be applied throughout the region.

Gilbert Pitts (
Reproductive neuroendocrinology.  Particularly, control of gonadotropin-releasing hormone.

Stefan Woltmann (
Behavioral and breeding ecology of birds associated with forested streams; ecology of imperiled grassland/prairie birds in the region.

Amy Thompson (
Study of cellular damage caused by brown recluse spider venom and identification of drugs that might reverse this damage; characterization of brown recluse spider sodium channels to aid in pesticide additive development that could be used to control spider populations; identification of limitations of currently used assays for determining gluten content in foods.

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