Graduate Student

Graduate Student

My name is John Hobby, a US Army veteran and a BS graduate in Wildlife and Natural Resources from CSU-Pueblo. I am currently an aspiring to obtain a MS in Biology. I was born and raised on a ranch in the mountains of Colorado. Hunting, fishing, and the husbandry in ranching helped foster and direct my passion in wildlife management and conservation. I am currently employed with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. My research interest is in aquatic ecology with focus on game fish species. My career goal is to be an aquatic biologist or a game warden.

Past Graduate Student

Marilyn Wright, MS student. Though Marilyn began her career in music performance, her love of the outdoors and connection to nature quickly drew her to biology. Time spent hiking, backpacking, fly fishing, and adventuring through the mountains as well as growing up hunting and fishing in her home state of Ohio has made her passionate about conservation and sustainability, with the hope that dedicating her life to work in this area she might help to protect wild places both now and in the future. Marilyn received her BA in Biology from the University of Great Falls in Montana where she began working with Dr. Nate Bickford through undergraduate research. Dr. Bickford helped her realize her passion in the field and challenged her, so when he offered her the chance to work under him as a master’s student at UNK, she was excited to continue the relationship and move forward on her career path. Marilyn’s thesis work at UNK focuses on the comparison of nest defense behaviors in populations of northern goshawks in Finland and Montana, examining how lethal management of birds in Finland may have contributed to their uncharacteristic docile behavior as compared to North America’s very aggressive birds. She is also working on several side projects and publications including goshawk prey and survivorship, road obliteration studies in Montana, and the use of remote sensing to model habitat, a project funded in part by the NASA Nebraska Student Fellowship. Marilyn will graduate in spring 2017, and hopes to continue to work in research at the PhD level with a special interest in climate change mitigation and conservation.

Brittney Adams

Brittney Adams, Future MS. From her earliest recollection science, has always been her interest. She has especially been interested in wildlife and the conservation/ sustainability of the environment. As a current Master student studying sustainability, her current research is able to keep her interest and expand her knowledge. Brittney received his BS in Biology with wildlife emphasis from the University Nebraska at Kearney in 2014. She then interned at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo for a year. Upon completion of the internship she began her master’s program in 2015.  Brittney is currently working on her thesis which focuses on sustainability through Aquaponics, she is also working with NASA. She hopes that her aquaponics research can aid NASA on the ISS and ultimately aid in cultivation on Mars. Upon completion of her master’s degree Brittney plans on using her knowledge of sustainability to improve agricultural practices. She plans to do this by working for Monsanto as a sustainability officer.  Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated symbiotic system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the growing plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in. Aquaponics is gaining in popularity due to all of its environmental benefits, because of this more research is needing to be done so it can continue to gain momentum. This is why Brittney is so intent on her research. Her research has the ability to not only change lives but potentially aid in the sustainability of our earth. She currently has two publications in print and others in progress, a comprehensive guide to aquaponics, murphy’s law of aquaponics and her thesis “Aquaponics”.

Matthew Perrion – Otolith Chemistry

Robert Ritson – Bison Movement

Shannon Schlater – Red tail Hawk Movement

Jourdan Ringenberg – Rabbit Movement

Danielle Molina – Coyote Populations

Caleb Bomske – Frog impacts sport fish

Brieanna Coffman – Oyster colonization

Mathew Ridgeway – Dam effects on Macro inverts

Ken Wood – Influence of Landscape Development Intensity Index in Maintaining Acceptable Biological Indices in Anthropogenic Modified Streams

Dillion Schroeder – Predator Prevalence in Least Tern habitat

Heston Anderson – Stream Assessment Agricultural Landscape

Thomas Koldys (MSE) – Hands on Learning VS Traditional Lecture Learning

Kimberly Theobald (MSE) – Curriculum Development using Aquaponics

Dillon Brooke – Aquaponics: Fish Species Impact on System Health.