Undergrad. Opportunities

Prospective Undergraduate Research Assistants

Opportunities for meaningful research involvement are available to scientifically curious, hardworking, and forward-thinking undergraduates. Such experiences can prove invaluable in exploring, developing, and delimiting your interests in scientific research. I create opportunities for students interested in contributing to, and benefiting from, the research we do.

Step 1. Visit “The Undergraduate Research in Biology Program website” to begin to learn about what is involved in UG research Undergraduate Research in Biology

Step 2. Submit a brief statement to  Jimott@txstate.edu describing a) your reasons for exploring a research experience and b) your developing career goals. Submit a list of relevant coursework (with grades)

Step 3. Contact Dr. Ott to initiate a discussion of potential research experiences.

Students should be able to commit ~ 8-10 hours per week, and be involved for at least 2 semesters. Enrollment in Bio. 4299 is strongly encouraged.

Completed Undergraduate Independent Research Projects
P = Presentation(s) at scientific meetings
CA = Coauthored publication(s)
GS = Transitioned into graduate program

Gail Langellato (P, CA, GS). Spatial determinants of male mating success in wing-dimorphic planthoppers.

Andrea Huberty (P, CA, GS). The relationship between variation in male body size and mating success in the locust leafminer.

Traci Caillouet (P, CA, GS).Color polymorphism and host choice in a central Texas spittlebug: the effect of crab spiders on the fitness of golden-eyed phlox.

Carmen Hall (P, GS). Interactions among parasitoids, hyperparasitoids, and inquilines within leaf galls of B. treatae on live oak.

Valentine Cantu (P, GS). The distribution and success of B. treatae on its host plant across a hybrid zone.

Jason Locklin (P, GS). Oviposition intensity and fitness of B. treatae as afunction of canopy strata on its host-plant.

Greg Cryer (P, GS). Relationship of leaf gall size to female size and potential fecundity in B. treatae.

Jetiame Newton (P, GS). Relationship between leaf gall size and emergence of B. treatae.

Amanda Murray (P, GS). The role of plant morphology and the defensive shield of Cassida rubiginosa (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in determining susceptibility to natural enemies on alternate host plants.

James Russell (P, GS). Sex determination and sex ratios in Belonocnema treatae: linking sexual and asexual generations.

Lezlie Jones (P, GS). Variation in growth dynamics and maturation of leaf galls of B. treatea within and among host plants.

Andre’ Bailey (P). Relationships among patterns of reproductive allocation within Redbud fruits, the oviposition behavior of a host-specific seed predator and its associated parasitoids.

David Smith (GS). Relationship between leaf gall size and female size and fecundity in sexual generation B. treatae.

Glen Hood (P, CA, GS). The brood with an attitude: Is allochrony occurring in a specialized insect herbivore.

Carl Hjelmen (P, GS). Evidence of cryptic species and a novel genetic sex determination mechanism in the gall wasp, B. treatae.

Teacher Involvement Research Projects

Chau Nguyen (P). (SMTEI Program). Oviposition intensity and fitness of B. treatae on the leaves of plateau live oak.

Anne Bowen (P). (SMTEI Program). Distorted sex ratios in the root gall generation of B. treatae.

Multiple teachers. (P) NSF “Teacher Development through Ecology” Rensselerville Inst., New York.