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Updated: 21 April 2018

Scott McKinley Starr
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University
Office Addresses:
419 Biology Building 155 TLPDC, University Library Building
PO Box 43131 PO Box 42044
Lubbock, TX 79409 Lubbock, TX 79409
Email: scott.starr@ttu.edu
Office Phone: (806) 834-6954

Website: scottmstarr.weebly.com
Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=AkiQbFkAAAAJ&hl=en
Research Gate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Scott_Starr2

EDUCATION:
Doctor of Philosophy in Biology, August 2011 to present.
Texas Tech University: Department of Biological Sciences, Focus: Biology
Texas Tech University, Box 43131 Lubbock, Texas 79409 U.S.A.
Dissertation Research: The effects of land use and climate change on playa wetlands and their
invertebrate communities.
Overall GPA: 3.970, Ph.D. Candidacy: December 2014
Advisor: Nancy McIntyre. Committee members: Kevin Mulligan, Rich Strauss, Kerry Griffiths-Kyle,
and Stephanie Lockwood.

Master of Science in Biology, August 2011
University of Alabama: Department of Biological Sciences, Focus: Aquatic Ecology
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487 U.S.A
Master’s Thesis Research: Macroinvertebrate community dynamics in floodplain habitats of an
unregulated river floodplain.
Overall GPA: 3.543
Advisors: Ryan A. Sponseller and Jonathan P. Benstead. Committee member: Alex D. Huryn.

Bachelor of Science in Biology, May 2008
Millersville University of Pennsylvania: Biology, Focus: Environmental Biology
Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville, Pennsylvania 17551 U.S.A.
Departmental Honors Thesis Research: The impact of sedimentation on macroinvertebrate community
structure.
Honors: Cum Laude & Departmental Honors in Biology. Overall GPA: 3.38, Major GPA: 3.53.
Academic Advisor: Daniel H. Yocom. Research Advisors: John R. Wallace and David A. Zegers

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
I am a landscape ecologist who uses techniques from community ecology and entomology to
study aquatic ecosystems and how land use and human activities affect these systems. My
current and past research have all revolved around aquatic ecosystems and their terrestrial
surroundings. I have worked in streams, rivers, riparian zones, floodplains, playa wetlands, and
ponds conducting various research projects across many research areas. These areas include
macroinvertebrate community ecology of rivers, floodplains and playa wetlands; small mammal
ecology; fish ecology; using GIS and remote sensing techniques to study floodplain topology,
hydrology, and playa wetlands; stream restoration; climate change; impacts of humans on
watercourses and landscapes. My research has included field surveys and field, lab, and
computer based experiments. These projects have allowed me to acquire skills involving
sampling, processing, and analyzing large data sets. In the future I would like to continue to
conduct research in these areas but also potentially expand my research to terrestrial
invertebrates of interest.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
August 2016 – Present. TEACH Program Peer Consultant, Teaching, Learning, & Professional
Development Center (TLPDC), Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
 I am a peer consultant for the TEACH program where I mentor graduate students as they work
through the academic year long program to improve and develop their teaching skills.

January 13-15, 2016, May 25-27, 2016, & January 11-13, 2017. Mentor, Groundworks Program
Workshop, Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center (TLPDC), Texas Tech University,
Lubbock, TX.
 Mentor for the program. Program provides teaching training for graduate students.

August 2015 – September 2016. Research Assistant, Texas Tech University, Department of Biological
Sciences, Lubbock, TX.

August 2011 – August 2015; August 2016 -Present. Teaching Assistant, Texas Tech University,
Department of Biological Sciences, Lubbock, TX.
 Teaching Assistant for Introductory Biology I & II Lab, Comparative Invertebrate Zoology (lab
and distant learning lecture), Medical Entomology (face to face lecture & online), and Parasitology
(lab and distant learning lecture).

August 2010 – January 2011. Field Research Assistant, University of Alabama, Department of Biological
Sciences, Tuscaloosa, AL.
 Stream discharge measurement, water sampling, and data logger data collection and management.

August 2008 – 2011. Teaching Assistant, University of Alabama, Department of Biological Sciences,
Tuscaloosa, AL.
 Teaching Assistant for- Introductory Biology labs for majors and non-majors, and Aquatic
Entomology.

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June – August 2008. Research Assistant, Arctic LTER-Stream Project, Toolik Field Station, Alaska, and
Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.
 Collection of water samples for nutrient chemistry analysis. Rock scrubs from chlorophyll a
analysis.
 Analysis of phosphorus (SRP), ammonia (NH4+), epilithic and sestonic chlorophyll-a. Nitrate,
TDN/TDP, and DOC collected for later analysis off site.
 Stream discharge, TSS, and moss transects.
 YOY (Young of the Year), juvenile, and adult grayling collection, tagging (PIT tags and juvenile
tags), and weight and length measurements.
 Macroinvertebrate sampling

May – August 2007. Lab Intern, Stroud Water Research Center, Entomology Department, Avondale, PA
19311.
 Sorted macroinvertebrate samples and identified to family level.
 Collected macroinvertebrate samples using a Surber sampler.
 Performed data management, data analysis, and interpretation.
 Presented results of research to local watershed associations and trout unlimited groups.

August 2005 – June 2008. Research/Lab Assistant, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Biology
Department, Millersville, PA 17551.
 Research assistant on the impact of Meadow Vole, Microtus pennsylvanicus, on the survival of
sapling trees in a riparian restoration project.
 Lab assistant for Zoology, Entomology, and Aquatic Biology.
 Greenhouse and animal room assistant.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:
August 2015 – August 2017: Surface-water dynamics of salt playas in Texas over a 27-year span.

June 2014 - January 2016: Using Remotely Sensed Imagery to Document How Land Use Drives Turbidity
of Playa Waters in Texas.

August 2012 - January 2014: Hydrological dynamics of temporary wetlands in the southern Great Plains
as a function of surrounding land use.

August 2012 - February 2014: Dynamic connectivity of temporary wetlands in the southern Great Plains.

August 2011 - Present: The effects of land use and climate change on playa wetlands and their
invertebrate communities. Ph.D. Dissertation research. Texas Tech University. Advisor: Nancy McIntyre

July - August 2011: FISHSCAPE Project, Fishman volunteer, Toolik Lake Field Station, AK.

August 2008 - July 2011: Macroinvertebrate Community Dynamics in floodplain habitats of an
unregulated river floodplain. Master’s Thesis. University of Alabama. Advisor: Ryan Sponseller and
Jonathan Benstead

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June - August 2008: Arctic LTER- Streams Project: Summer Research Assistant, Toolik Lake Field
Station, Marine Biological Laboratory.

June 2007 - August 2008:
a) The impact of sedimentation on macroinvertebrate community structure.
Honors Thesis Advisor: John R. Wallace, Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

b) The effects of sedimentation on the processing rates of organic materials in Streams (PI).
Advisor: John R. Wallace, Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

c) The impact of agriculture and sedimentation on ichthyologic community structure. Collaborating with
Trevor D. Meckley. Advisors: Dominique D. Dagit and John R. Wallace. Millersville University of
Pennsylvania

May 2007 – August 2007: Schuylkill River Project. Contributing member.
PI: John K. Jackson. Stroud Water Research Center.

May 2005 - May 2008: The impact of the Meadow Vole, Microtus pennsylvanicus, on the
survival of sapling trees in a riparian restoration project (PI). Supervisor: David A. Zegers.
Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

Spring 2007: Fish survey of Chiques Creek and nearby tributaries, Lancaster County, PA.
Supervisors: Dominique D. Dagit and John R. Wallace. Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

Spring 2006: The effects of land use on the macroinvertebrate communities in Lancaster County,
Pennsylvania (PI). Supervisor: John R. Wallace, Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

Spring 2004: The effects of agriculture and land development on macroinvertebrate communities of
Beaver Creek (PI). Hanover, Pennsylvania. Supervisor: Joel Brosius, New Oxford High School.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
July 2018 - August 2018:
Graduate Part Time Instructor, Department of Biological Sciences,
Texas Tech University, Lubbock Texas 79409
1. BIOL 3309- Principals of Ecology

August 2015 - December 2015:
Course Consultant, Department of Biological Sciences,
Texas Tech University, Lubbock Texas 79409
1. ZOOL 3406/5406- Comparative Invertebrate Zoology, Fall 2015

August 2011 – August 2015; August 2016 – Present:
Teaching Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences,
Texas Tech University, Lubbock Texas 79409
Courses taught:
1. BIOL 1403- Biology I for Majors Lab. Fall 2011 (2 sections).

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2. BIOL 1404- Biology II for Majors Lab. Spring 2012 (2 sections), Spring 2013 (2 sections).
3. BIOL 3303- Tropical Marine Biology (1 section, distance lecture advisor)
4. BIOL 4301, section 025- Medical Entomology, Lecture Assistant Summer 2013 (1 Section,
Lecture), Summer 2014 Grader (1 section), Summer 2015 Lecture Teaching Assistant/Course
Designer (1 section, online), Summer 2017 Online Teaching Assistant (1 section, online).
5. ZOOL 3403- Parasitology Lab. Spring 2014 (1 Section), Spring 2015 (1 lab section and distance
lecture advisor), Spring 2017 (Head TA; taught 1 lab section, supervised 1 lab section, and
distance lecture advisor), Spring 2017 (Head TA, TA for 1 lab section, distance lecture advisor and
distance lab).
6. ZOOL 3406/5406- Comparative Invertebrate Zoology Lab. Fall 2012 (2 Sections), Fall 2013 (2
Sections), Fall 2014 (1 Sections and distance lecture advisor), Fall 2016 (1 Sections and distance
lecture advisor), Fall 2017 (lab coordinator and distance lecture advisor).
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Mentor: TTU/HHMI Graduate Teaching Scholar
1. Biological Pedagogy Course, Fall 2013
2. Genetics Lab Curriculum Improvement Committee, Spring 2014

Graduate Assistant
1. ZOOL 2404 –Human Physiology, Summer 2012

Guest Lecturer
1. NRM 5335 - Adv. Freshwater Bioassessment, 2 lectures: Aquatic Invertebrates & Aquatic
Sampling Techniques, Spring 2012
2. BIOL 4321 - Insect Diversity, Topic Forensic Entomology, April 21, 2016
3. ZOOL 3406/5406 - Comparative Invertebrate Zoology Distant Lecture, Phylum Arthropoda,
Subphylum Hexapoda, November 9, 2017. Lecture was broadcast between Lubbock and Waco
campus.

Seminars
1. Invited Panel Speaker, TEACH Project discussion panel; Teaching, Learning, & Professional
Development Center; Texas Tech University, February 6, 2015

2. Invited Panel Speaker, TEACH Project discussion panel; Teaching, Learning, & Professional
Development Center; Texas Tech University, February 2, 2016

3. Invited Guest Speaker, BBB meeting, Department of Biological Sciences, Angelo State
University, January 24, 2018

August 2008 – May 2011:
Teaching Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences,
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487
Courses taught:
1. BSC 115- Introductory biology lab 1 for majors. Fall 2008 (2 Sections), Spring 2009 (2 Sections),
& Fall 2010 (2 Sections).

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2. BSC 108- Introductory biology lab 1 for non-majors. Fall 2009. (1 Section) & Spring 2010 (3
Sections).
3. BSC 476/576- Aquatic Insect Ecology with Dr. Alex Huryn. Fall 2009 (1 Section) & Spring 2011
(1 Section).

Undergraduates Supervised and Mentored:
Millersville University:
1. Rachel Barker- Spring 2008
2. Jill Ross- Spring 2008
3. Linnhe Svensson- Spring 2008
University of Alabama:
4. Whit Morgan- Spring 2009
5. Reed Morgan- Summer 2009
6. Tucker Reeves- Fall 2009 & Spring 2010

Texas Tech University: Teaching
7. Barbara Burton- Fall 2011
8. Kelsey Markham- Spring 2012

Texas Tech University: Research
9. Luis (Jim) Ruiz, NSF-PRISM Scholar, 2012-2013
10. Nikki Parikh, NSF-PRISM Scholar, 2012-2013
11. Rebecca Owens, NSF-PRISM Scholar, 2013-2014
12. Benjamin Breedlove, 2014
13. Keegan Gossett, NSF-PRISM Scholar, 2014-2015
14. Shane Glidewell, 2015
15. Kimbree Knight, 2015
16. Jennifer Long, 2015
17. Caroline Claassen, NSF-PRISM Scholar, 2015-2016

AWARDS:
2016 Texas Tech 6th Annual Biological Sciences Symposium, 1st place graduate poster session:
Using Remotely Sensed Imagery to Document How Land Use Drives Turbidity of Playa
Waters in Texas ($250.00).
2015 Texas Tech 6th Annual Biological Sciences Symposium, 1st place graduate poster session:
Damsels in distress! Proximal effects of climate change on the development and
survivorship of a model organism (Insecta, Odonata: Enallagma civile) ($250.00).
2015 Texas Tech University 14th Annual Graduate School Poster Competition, 2nd place in
science category IV: Damsels in distress! Proximal effects of climate change on the
development and survivorship of a model organism (Insecta, Odonata: Enallagma civile)
($100.00).
2014 Teaching Scholarship Program: Outstanding TA - 4000/Graduate, Department of Biological
Sciences, Texas Tech University ($200.00).
2008 Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Graduated with Departmental Honors in Biology.

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2008 Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Graduated with Cum Laude Honors.
2008 Charles D. Spotts Naturalist-Humanist Award.
2008 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists Outstanding Student Award.
2008 CPUB Conference, 2nd place poster, poster session 3: The impact of the meadow vole,
Microtus pennsylvanicus, on the survival of sapling trees in a riparian restoration project.
2008 CPUB Conference, 3rd place presentation, Platform Presentation Session 1: The impact of
sedimentation on macroinvertebrate community structure and stream chemical and
physiological condition.

ASSISTANTSHIPS, GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS ($369,871.38):
2016 Texas Tech University Summer Dissertation/Thesis Research Award ($2,908.00)
2016 US-IALE Sponsored Student Travel Award ($500.00) (PI)
2016 Texas Tech University Graduate School Student Travel Grant. ($500.00) (PI)
2016 Texas Tech University Association of Biologists Travel Grant. ($550.00) (PI)
2016 Texas Tech University Department of Biological Sciences Travel Grant.
($407.78) (PI)
2016 Texas Tech University Open Access Initiative Award ($1,100.00) (co-PI)
2015-2016 TTU Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Includes stipend, tuition waiver and
partial health insurance for 12 months ($32,641.88) (PI)
2015 Water Conservation Research Fellowship ($1,000.00) (PI)
2015 Texas Tech University Graduate School Student Travel Grant. ($375.00) (PI)
2015 Texas Tech University Association of Biologists Travel Grant. ($550.00) (PI)
2015 Texas Tech University Department of Biological Sciences Travel Grant.
($350.00) (PI)
2013 Grant-In-Aid Award, Texas Tech University Association of Biologist. ($700.00)
(PI)
2013-2014 TTU/HHMI Graduate Teaching Scholar ($1,200.00) (PI)
2012-2013 TEACH (Teaching Effectiveness And Career enHancement Fellow, Texas Tech
University ($1,000.00) (PI)
2011-2015 The CH Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, 4 years ($16,000.00) (PI)
2011-2017 Teaching Assistantship, Texas Tech University. Includes stipend, tuition waiver, and
partial health insurance for 8 semesters ($109,333.72)
2011 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant ($600.00) (PI)
2010 Inge and Ilouise Hill Research Fellowship ($2,500.00) (PI)
2010 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant ($600.00) (PI)
2009 National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) Seed Proposal. LIDAR survey
and data processing of a 40 km2area. ($20,000.00) (PI)
2008-2011 Teaching Assistantship, University of Alabama. Includes stipend, tuition waiver, and
health insurance for 4 years ($138,650.00)
2008 Keever Biology Research Grant ($325.00) (PI)
2008 Noonan Endowment Grant ($60.00) for Entomology Club, (PI)
2007 Millersville University Student Research Grant ($400.00) (PI)
2007 The Neimeyer-Hodgson Research Grant ($500.00) (PI)
2007 The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists Student Grants
for Research in Biology ($400.00) (PI)
2007 Noonan Endowment Fund Grant ($60.00) for Entomology Club, (PI)

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2007 Noonan Endowment Fund Grant ($200.00) for Biology Club, (PI)
2006-2008 The National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART
Grant) ($8,000.00)
2006 Noonan Endowment Fund Grant ($300.00) for Biology Club, (PI)
2005-2006 Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (Federal SEOG) ($800.00)
2005 Noonan Endowment Fund Grant ($400.00) for Biology Club, (PI)
2004-2008 Federal Pell Grant ($12,260.00)
2004-2008 Pennsylvania State Grant ($14,700.00)

SCHOLARSHIPS ($9,000):
2008 Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania Marjorie E. Hamblin Scholarship ($1,000.00)
2008 Hanover Garden Club Scholarship for Graduate Studies ($1,000.00)
2004-2008 Clarence Schock Foundation Scholarship ($5,000.00)
2004 Hanover Garden Club Scholarship ($1,000.00)
2004 Dollars for Scholars Scholarship ($1,000.00)

PUBLICATIONS:
Peer-reviewed journal articles:
Published:
1. Heintzman, L.J., S.M. Starr, K.R. Mulligan, L.S. Barbato, and Nancy E. McIntyre, 2017. Using
Satellite Imagery to Examine the Relationship between Surface-Water Dynamics of the Salt Lakes of
Western Texas and Ogallala Aquifer Depletion. Wetlands 37: 1055-1065. DOI 10.1007/s13157-017-
0940-2 (Impact Factor: 1.573 )

2. Starr, S.M., L.J. Heintzman, K.R. Mulligan, L.S. Barbato, and N.E. McIntyre, 2016. Using Remotely
Sensed Imagery to Document How Land Use Drives Turbidity of Playa Waters in Texas. Remote
Sensing. 8, 192. DOI:10.3390/rs8030192 (Impact Factor: 3.244)

3. Starr, S.M., J.P. Benstead, and R.A. Sponseller, 2014. Spatial and temporal organization of
macroinvertebrate assemblages in a lowland floodplain ecosystem. Landscape Ecology 29:1017-1031.
DOI 10.1007/s10980-014-0037-8 (Impact Factor: 3.5)

4. Collins, S.D., L.J. Heintzman, S.M. Starr, C.K. Wright, G.M. Henebry, and N.E. McIntyre, 2014.
Hydrological dynamics of temporary wetlands in the southern Great Plains as a function of surrounding
land use. Journal of Arid Environments. 109:6-14. DOI10.1016/j.jaridenv.2014.05.006 (Impact Factor:
1.641)

5. Ruiz, L.J., N.N. Parikh, L.J. Heintzman, S.D. Collins, S.M. Starr, C.K. Wright, G.M. Henebry, N. van
Gestel, and N.E. McIntyre, 2014. Dynamic connectivity of temporary wetlands in the southern Great
Plains. Landscape Ecology. 29:507-516. DOI 10.1007/s10980-013-9980-z (Impact Factor: 3.5)

Accepted:
6. McIntyre,N.E., S.D. Collins, L.J, Heintzman, S.M. Starr, N. van Gestel. The challenge of assaying
landscape connectivity in a changing world: A 27-year case study in the southern Great Plains playa
network. Ecological Indicators.

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In Prep:
7. Starr, S.M., and N.E. McIntyre. Life History and Husbandry of Enallagma civile (Hagen) (Insecta,
Odonata, Coengrionidae). (In Prep)

8. Starr, S.M., and N.E. McIntyre. Proximal Effects of Climate Change on the Development and
Survivorship of a Model Organism (Insecta, Odonata: Enallagma civile). (In Prep)

9. Starr, S.M., and N.E. McIntyre. Historic land-use changes and effects on playa wetland inundation of
the Southern High Plains. (In Prep)

10. Starr, S.M., and N.E. McIntyre. Effects of prolonged desiccation on invertebrate seedbanks of playa
wetlands. (In Prep)

11. Zegers, D.A., D.H. Yocom, and S.M. Starr. The impact of the meadow vole, Microtus
pennsylvanicus, on the survival of sapling trees in a riparian restoration project. (In prep)

Lab Manuals:
12. Lockwood, S., S.M. Starr, and R.R. Vazquez. 2017. Zoology 3406/5406 Lab Manual: Comparative
Invertebrate Zoology, 3rd edition. Texas Tech University.

13. Lockwood, S. and S.M. Starr. 2017. Zoology 3403 Lab Manual: Parasitology, 3rd edition. Texas
Tech University.

14. Lockwood, S. and S.M. Starr. 2015. Zoology 3403 Lab Manual: Parasitology, 2nd edition. Texas
Tech University.

15. Lockwood, S. and S.M. Starr. 2015. Zoology 3406/5406 Lab Manual: Comparative Invertebrate
Zoology, 3rd edition. Texas Tech University.

16. Lockwood, S. and S.M. Starr. 2014. Zoology 3403 Lab Manual: Parasitology. Texas Tech
University.

17. Lockwood, S. and S.M. Starr. 2013. Zoology 3406/5406 Lab Manual: Comparative Invertebrate
Zoology, 2nd edition. Texas Tech University.

PRESENTATIONS: * indicates presenter, ^ indicates mentored undergraduates
1. Starr, S.M.* and N.E. McIntyre. Classifying historic land-use changes and effects on playa wetland
inundation on the Southern High Plains using remote sensing techniques. Annual meeting of the U.S.
Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, Asheville, NC, 8-12 April 2018.
Oral presentation.

2. Starr, S.M.*, L.J. Heintzman, K.R. Mulligan, L.S. Barbato, and N.E. McIntyre. Using Remotely
Sensed Imagery to Document How Land Use Drives Turbidity of Playa Waters in Texas. Annual

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meeting of the U.S. Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, Asheville, NC, 3-
7 April 2016. Oral presentation.

3. Heintzman, L.J.*, S.M. Starr, C.L. Claassen^, K.R. Mulligan, L.S. Barbato, and N.E. McIntyre.
Patterns of surface-water dynamics of salt playas in Texas over a 27-year span. Annual meeting of the
U.S. Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, Asheville, NC, 3-7 April 2016.
Poster presentation.

4. Starr, S.M.*, L.J. Heintzman, K.R. Mulligan, L.S. Barbato, and N.E. McIntyre. Using Remotely
Sensed Imagery to Document How Land Use Drives Turbidity of Playa Waters in Texas. Texas Tech
7th Annual Biological Sciences Symposium, Lubbock, TX, 1 April 2016. Award: 1st place graduate
poster session.

5. Claassen, C.L.*^, L.J. Heintzman, S.M. Starr, and N.E. McIntyre. 2016. Surface-water dynamics of
salt playas in Texas over a 27-year span. Texas Tech 7th Annual Biological Sciences Symposium,
Lubbock, TX, 1 April 2016. Poster presentation.

6. Claassen, C.L.*^, L.J. Heintzman, S.M. Starr, and N.E. McIntyre. 2016. Surface-water dynamics of
salt playas in Texas over a 27-year span. Texas Tech University Undergraduate Research Conference
Poster Presentation, Lubbock, TX, 29 March 2016. Poster presentation.

7. Starr, S.M.* and N.E. McIntyre. 2015. Damsels in distress! Proximal effects of climate change on the
development and survivorship of a model organism (Insecta, Odonata: Enallagma civile). Society for
Freshwater Science Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, 19 May 2015. Poster presentation.

8. Starr, S.M.* and N.E. McIntyre. 2015. Damsels in distress! Proximal effects of climate change on the
development and survivorship of a model organism (Insecta, Odonata: Enallagma civile). Texas Tech
6th Annual Biological Sciences Symposium, Lubbock, TX, 10 April 2015. Poster presentation.
Award: 1st place graduate poster session.

9. Starr, S.M.* and N.E. McIntyre. 2015. Damsels in distress! Proximal effects of climate change on the
development and survivorship of a model organism (Insecta, Odonata: Enallagma civile). Texas Tech
University 15th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference, Lubbock, TX, 10 April 2015. Poster
presentation. Award: 2nd place in science category IV.

10. Parikh, N.N.^, L.J. Ruiz^, L.J. Heintzman, S.D. Collins, S.M. Starr, and N.E. McIntyre*. 2013.
Using graph theory to quantify dynamic connectivity of temporary wetlands in the southern Great
Plains. Ecological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN, 4-9 August 2013. Poster presentation.

11. Parikh, N.N.*^, L.J. Ruiz*^, L.J. Heintzman, S.D. Collins, S.M. Starr, and N.E. McIntyre.
2013. Dymanic connectivity of temporary wetlands. Texas Tech University Undergraduate
Research Conference, Lubbock, TX, 22-25 April 2013. Poster presentation.

12. Collins, S.D., L.J. Heintzman, S.M. Starr*, and N.E. McIntyre. 2013. The hydrological dynamics of
temporary wetlands in the southern Great Plains as a function of surrounding land use. Annual

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meeting of the U.S. Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, Austin, TX, 14-
18 April 2013. Poster presentation.

13. Heintzman, L.J.*, S.M. Starr, S.D. Collins, T.A. Anderson, and N.E. McIntyre. 2013. Examination
of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in an urban stormwater system and bioaccumulation in Odonata.
Annual meeting of the U.S. Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, Austin,
TX, 14-18 April 2013. Oral presentation.

14. Parikh, N.N.*^, L.J. Ruiz*^, L.J. Heintzman, S.D. Collins, S.M. Starr, and N.E. McIntyre. 2013.
Using graph theory to quantify dynamic connectivity of temporary wetlands in the southern Great
Plains. Annual meeting of the U.S. Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology,
Austin, TX, 14-18 April 2013. Poster presentation.

15. Heintzman*, L.J., S.M. Starr, S.D. Collins, T.A. Anderson, and N.E. McIntyre. 2013.
Examination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in an urban stormwater system and
bioaccumulation in Odonata. TTABSS, Lubbock, TX, 21-23 March 2013. Oral
presentation.

16. Starr*, S.M. and N.E. McIntyre. 2013. Effects of water temperature on the development and
survivorship of the familiar bluet damselfly (Enallagma civile). TTABSS, Lubbock, TX, 21-23 March
2013. Oral presentation.

17. Starr*, S.M., N.E. McIntyre. 2012. Effects of prolonged desiccation on invertebrate seedbanks of
playa wetlands. Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 79409.
Texas Tech Annual Biology Sciences Symposium. Lubbock, TX, 31 March 2012. Oral Presentation.

18. Starr*, S.M.; R.A. Sponseller, and J.P. Benstead. 2011. Spatial and temporal patterns of invertebrate
community structure in an unregulated river floodplain. Thesis defense, University of Alabama,
Tuscaloosa, AL, 15 July 2011. Oral Presentation.

19. Starr*, S.M.; R.A. Sponseller, and J.P. Benstead. 2011. Spatial and temporal patterns of
invertebrate community structure in an unregulated river floodplain. North American
Benthological Society, Providence, RI, 25 May 2011. Oral Presentation.

20. Starr*, S.M., R.A. Sponseller, and J.P. Benstead. 2010. Spatial and temporal patterns of invertebrate
community structure in floodplain habitats of an unregulated river. Joint meeting of the American
Society of Limnology and North American Benthological Society, Santa Fe, NM, 10 June 2010.
Poster Presentation.

21. Starr*, S.M., R.A. Sponseller, and J.P. Benstead. 2010. Spatial and temporal patterns of invertebrate
community structure in floodplain habitats of an unregulated river. University of Alabama,
Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Seminar. Oral Presentation.

22. Starr*, S.M., T.D. Meckley, M.J. Knittel, J.R. Wallace, and D.D. Dagi1. 2008. The impact of
sedimentation on macroinvertebrate community structure. North American Benthological Society, Salt
Lake City, UT. Poster Presentation.

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23. Meckley*, T.D., S.M. Starr, D.D. Dagit, J.R. Wallace, and S.B. Miller. 2008. Characterizing fish
assemblages: developing a fish index of biotic integrity (IBI) to assess the effects of land use/land
cover on streams. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Poster Presentation.

24. Starr*, S.M., T.D. Meckley, M.J. Knittel, J.R. Wallace, and D.D. Dagit. 2008. The impact of
sedimentation on macroinvertebrate community structure. Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance May
Meeting, Lancaster, PA, 21 May 2008. Oral Presentation.

25. Starr*, S.M. 2008. The impact of sedimentation on macroinvertebrate community structure.
Departmental honors undergraduate thesis defense, Department of Biology, Millersville University,
Millersville, PA, 8 May 2008. Oral Presentation.

26. Starr*, S.M., T.D. Meckley, M.J. Knittel, J.R. Wallace, and D.D. Dagit. 2008. The impact of
sedimentation on macroinvertebrate community structure. Millersville University School of Science
and Mathematics, Undergraduate Research Poster Display, Department of Biology, Millersville
University, Millersville, PA, 25-26 April 2008. Poster Presentation.

27. Starr*, S.M., D.A. Zegers, C.C. Larkin, R.K. Tilton, and D.H. Yocom. 2008. The impact of the
meadow vole, Microtus pennsylvanicus, on the survival of sapling trees in a riparian restoration
project. Millersville University School of Science and Mathematics, Undergraduate Research Poster
Display, Department of Biology, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, 25-26 April 2008. Poster
Presentation.

28. Meckley*, T.D., S.M. Starr, D.D. Dagit, J.R. Wallace, and S.B. Miller. 2008. The impact of
agriculture and sedimentation on ichthyologic community structure. Millersville University School of
Science and Mathematics, Undergraduate Research Poster Display, Department of Biology,
Millersville University, Millersville, PA, 25-26 April 2008. Poster Presentation.

29. Starr*, S.M., T.D. Meckley, M.J. Knittel, J.R. Wallace, and D.D. Dagit. 2008. The impact of
sedimentation on macroinvertebrate community structure and stream chemical and physiological
condition. Undergraduate Research at the Capitol of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA, 1 April 2008.
Poster Presentation.

30. Starr*, S.M., T.D. Meckley, M.J. Knittel, J.R. Wallace, and D.D. Dagit. 2008. The impact of
sedimentation on macroinvertebrate community structure and stream chemical and physiological
condition. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologist Annual Meeting, Shippensburg, PA,
29 March 2008. Oral Presentation. Award: 3rd place in Platform Session 1.

31. Starr*, S.M., D.A. Zegers, C.C. Larkin, R.K. Tilton, and D.H. Yocom. 2008. The impact of
the meadow vole, Microtus pennsylvanicus, on the survival of sapling trees in a riparian
restoration project. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologist Annual Meeting,
Shippensburg, PA, 29 March 2008. Poster Presentation. Award: 2nd Place in Poster
Session 3.

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32. Meckley*, T.D., S.M. Starr, D.D. Dagit, J.R. Wallace, and S.B. Miller. 2008. The impact of
agriculture and sedimentation on ichthyologic community structure. Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania University Biologist Annual Meeting, Shippensburg, PA. Oral Presentation.
Jackson, J.K., K. Seidler, C. McGauley, T.D. Meckley, T. Burt, E. Groth, T. Tomasacci, R.
Barker, K. Burlew, S.M. Starr, J. Ricchiuti, N. Weigel, L. Annett. 2007. The status of
aquatic life in Big Elk, Brandywine. Crabby, Pigeon, Rock Run, Stony Run, Trout Run,
Valley, West Valley Creeks. Stroud Water Research Center Entomology Interns and Dr.
John Jackson, August 2007. Oral presentation.

33. Jackson, J.K., S.M. Starr, T.D. Meckley, T. Burt, E. Groth, J. Ricchiuti, T. Tomasacci, R. Barker, K.
Burlew, N. Weigel, K. Seidler, C. McGauley L. Annett. 2007. The status of aquatic life in Allegheny,
Angelica, Monocacy and Wyomissing Creeks. Stroud Water Research Center Entomology Interns and
Dr. John Jackson, West Lawn, PA, July 2007. Oral presentation.

34. Starr*, S.M and D.A. Zegers. 2006. The impact of the Meadow Vole, Microtus pennsylvanicus, on
the survival of sapling trees in a riparian restoration project: interim report. Millersville University
School of Science and Mathematics, Undergraduate Research Poster Display, Department of Biology,
Millersville University, Millersville, PA, October 2006.

35. Starr*, S.M and D.A. Zegers. 2006. The impact of the Meadow Vole, Microtus pennsylvanicus, on
the survival of sapling trees in a riparian restoration project: interim report. Millersville University
School of Science and Mathematics, Undergraduate Research Poster Display, Department of Biology,
Millersville University, Millersville, PA, May 2006.

MEDIA:
1. It’s a BUG’S Life, rather, an Insects Life with Millersville Entomologists. January 15, 2017.
http://blogs.millersville.edu/news/2017/02/23/its-a-bugs-life/

2. Texas Tech Students, Professors Study Monarch Butterflies. April 3, 2015.
http://www.ttuhub.net/2015/04/texas-tech-students-professors-study-monarch-butterflies/

3. ‘Rodney Dangerfield’ River to Get High-Tech Aerial Mapping via UA Grad Student’s Proposal. June
17, 2009. http://uanews.ua.edu/2009/06/rodney-dangerfield-river-to-get-high-tech-aerial-mapping-
via-ua-grad-students-proposal/

COMPUTER SKILLS:
Basic: Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Presenter 10
Data Analysis: Microsoft Excel, Minitab, Primer, SigmaPlot, R, R-Studio, SAS
Video Editing: Adobe Presenter 10
GIS & Virtual Globe: ArcGIS by ESRI: ArcMap ver. 9.3, 10.1, 10.2 & Google Earth
Remote Sensing: ERDAS, ENVI
Teaching: Blackboard Learn 9.0, 9.1, & Piazza

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FIELD / LAB RESEARCH SKILLS:
Macroinvertebrate sampling techniques: Hess, Surber, dip net sampling, kick net, petite ponar and leaf
packs.
Macroinvertebrate identification: Identification to Family and Genera levels, Chironomidae head
capsule mounting.
Fish sampling techniques: Electrofishing, collection, identification, and pit tagging; Young of the Year
(YOY) collection and measuring.
Chemistry Analysis: Lamotte’s Colorimeter Water Testing Kits, dissolved oxygen, pH multi
probe, HACC kit for phosphate and nitrate; Flame Spectrophotometer, heavy metals analysis,
phosphorus (SRP), Ammonia (NH4+), epilithic and sestonic Chlorophyll-a analysis, total
suspended solids (TSS). YSI conductivity and digital dissolved oxygen probes.
Stream velocity measurements: using a Marsh McBirney flow meter and a Doppler velocity
meter.
Small mammal trapping/marking techniques
Forest analysis: Point Quarter Method; Habitat Assessment Model (HAM) Analysis, a method
developed for Pennsylvania by Penn State University; Quadrant Analysis.
Tree and herbaceous plant identification
Riparian tree planting
Stream moss transects: Point center method

Science Outreach:
1. Judge at the South Plains Regional Science and Engineering Fair, February 5, 2016
2. Invited Speaker, Nazareth Texas Playa Festival, Ogallala Commons, July 11, 2015.
3. Invited Speaker, Nazareth Texas Playa Festival, Ogallala Commons, May 15, 2015.
4. Group Leader, Angelo State University Department of Biological Sciences Bioblitz, May 1-2, 2015
5. Invited Speaker, Nazareth Texas Playa Festival, Ogallala Commons, October 24, 2014.
6. Invited Speaker, Nazareth Texas Playa Festival, Ogallala Commons, July 13, 2014.
7. Invited Speaker, Nazareth Texas Playa Festival, Ogallala Commons, June 24, 2014.
8. Invited Speaker, Nazareth Texas Playa Festival, Ogallala Commons, June 24, 2013.
9. Invited Speaker, Hereford Texas Playa Festival, Ogallala Commons, June 27, 2013.
10. Butterfly Caretaker Volunteer, Butterflies Alive Exhibit, Science Spectrum, Lubbock, TX. March
2013.
11. Group Leader, Angelo State University Department of Biological Sciences Bioblitz, September 20,
2012.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:
Member, Society of Freshwater Scientists (previously called North American Benthological Society of
America) (2007 – Present)
Member, Society of Wetland Scientists (2009-Present)
Member, US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (2013-
Present)
Member, Texas Tech University Association of Biologists (TTUAB) (2011- Present), Treasurer
Committee (2015-2016)
Member, Texas Tech Entomology Club (2014 – present)
Member (2005-2008), Vice President (2006), and President (2007): Millersville University Biology Club

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Member (2006-2008), Vice President (2007), and President (2008): Millersville University Entomology
Club
Student Liaison for the Board of the Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance (LCWA), Lancaster County,
PA (May 2007- May 2008). A non-profit organization, with the goal of improving the condition of the
Little Conestoga creek and its watershed. I conducted riparian tree plantings and gave advice on
scientific matters with the board of the LCWA. Derek Reese, President of LCWA,
dhr0627@yahoo.com
Member, National Honors Society (2003-2004)

Journal Reviewer
Environmental Science & Technology
Ecology and Evolution

References:
Dr. Nancy McIntyre, Phone: (806) 834-7977, E-mail: nancy.mcintyre@ttu.edu
Texas Tech University, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Professor

Dr. Stephanie Lockwood, Phone: (806) 834-0236, E-mail: stephanie.lockwood@ttu.edu
Texas Tech University at Waco, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Assistant Professor of Practice

Dr. Allison Boye, Phone: (806) 742-0133, E-Mail: allison.p.boye@ttu.edu
Texas Tech University, Assistant Director of the Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center

Dr. Ryan A. Sponseller, Phone: +46-90-786-65-50, E-mail: ryan.sponseller@emg.umu.se
Umeå University, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Senior Lecturer

Dr. Jonathan Benstead, Phone: (205) 348-9034, E-mail: jbenstead@bama.ua.edu
University of Alabama, Department of Biological Sciences, Professor

Dr. John R. Wallace, Phone: (717) 871-4318, E-Mail: john.wallace@millersville.edu
Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Department of Biology, Professor

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