I am originally from a small town in Southern Illinois. I got my undergraduate degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, then my Master's degree at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY. I got my Ph. D. in fish ecology from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale in Carbondale, IL. I taught at Western Illinois University for 10 years and then moved to Murray State University, where I have been on the Biology faculty for 8 years.
My research interests include:
* movement patterns of both invasive and native fishes
* use of carbon dioxide as a fish anesthetic
* long-term changes in local native fish communities