Dr. Scott F. Collins, Assistant professor
- B.S. Lake Superior State University
- Ph.D. Idaho State University
- Postdoc, Illinois Natural History Survey
I’m an aquatic ecologist who studies food web linkages between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. This entails a combination of field studies, manipulative experiments, and modeling to tease apart the complex processes that shape the numbers and composition of organisms. Over the past several years, I have studied how salmon carcass subsidies alter stream-riparian food webs, how invasive fishes influence aquatic-terrestrial fluxes, and how mobile recreational anglers shape populations of fishes. My lab here at Texas Tech will continue to study complex ecological linkages between land and water, humans and fisheries, and so forth.
Andrea Norton M.S. student
- Hometown: Cary, Illinois
- B.S. from Michigan Tech University, 2018
Andie’s research is focused on microplastics in urban freshwater environments. Plastics come in many shapes and types. Her thesis will examine whether variation in urban land use influences the presence and composition of plastics in differing aquatic habitats. Through extensive field and laboratory work, her efforts will help us better understand the ecology of plastics.
Owen George M.S. student
- Hometown: Seward, Nebraska
- B.S. from University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2019
Owen spends most of his time in mountain streams of the Santa Fe National Forest capturing, marking, and gastric lavaging fishes to better understand how non-native fish alter aquatic food webs. Owen’s thesis is examining how non-native Brown trout (Salmon trutta) are thought to be a threat to Rio Grande Sucker (Catostomus plebeius) and Rio Grande Chub (Gila pandora). By assessing the bottom-up (competition) and top-down (predation) effects of a non-native predator, Owen’s research will help determine the degree to which Brown trout negatively affect small bodied, native fishes.
Travis Ausec M.S. student
- Hometown: Corinth, Texas
- B.S. from Texas Tech University, 2020
Travis’ research focuses on urban recreational fisheries. Small urban lakes offer great recreational opportunities but are often overlooked compared to larger lakes and reservoirs. Travis will examine multiple dimensions of diversity (habitat, fish, angler) in urban fisheries to better understand how we can improve or preserve quality fishing experiences.
Bailey Robertory M.S. student
- Hometown: Fairfax Station, Virginia
- B.S. from University of South Carolina, 2020
Bailey joined the lab in the Fall of 2020 after attending the U. of South Carolina. Bailey’s graduate research will examine predator-prey interactions in mountain streams of New Mexico. Field studies and modeling will be used to examine how non-native brown trout affect native fish communities to prioritize management actions.
Hometown: Boerne, Texas
Lauren joined the lab in Spring 2020 and will be working on an independent research project examining the presence and abundance of microplastics in stream fishes. Lauren’s work will determine whether microplastics are present in the diets of fish and whether these plastics make their way into intestinal and muscle tissues.
Hometown: Plano, Texas
Garrett joined the lab in Spring 2020. He will be working as an undergraduate researcher on a project assessing whether stream insects consume microplastics in an urban ecosystem. Aquatic insects are important food resources for fish and wildlife. Garrett’s work will help determine whether aquatic insects transfer microplastics up the food chain.
Hometown: Brock, Texas
Jansen joined the lab in the Fall of 2019. He is currently working on a project assessing patterns of piscivory by Brown trout in streams of the Jemez River. His project examine whether Brown trout consume more native species than others as well as the sizes of fishes consumed. His work will help us better understand how non-native Brown trout affect native fishes.