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Lynda Samanie Loucks
Director Natural History Museum
BIO 1114 General Biology
BIO 1211 University Life Sciences Lab
BIO 1225 Biology II for Majors: Diversity
BIO 1234 Environmental Biology
BIO 2102 Biological and Medical Terminology
BIO 4930 IS: Museum Studies
Education and Certifications
B.S. Biology, University of Central Oklahoma
M.S. Biology, University of Central Oklahoma
Tuesday and Thursday, 9-9:50 a.m.
Mammalian ecology (emphasis on bats) and natural history museum curation techniques and preservation practices.
Professional and Community Involvement
Southwestern Association of Naturalists (SWAN)
Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)
Center for Wildlife Forensics and Conservation Studies (CFACS)
Oklahoma Bat Coordinating Team (OBCT)
presentations about natural history and animal diversity to local schools, libraries, and various community groups
Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities
Braun, J. K., M. A. Mares, B. S. Coyner, and L. S. Loucks. 2020. New Records of Mammals from Oklahoma. Occasional Papers, The Museum, Texas Tech University 364:1-24.
Caire, W., L. Samanie Loucks, M. L. Haynie, B. S. Coyner and J. K. Braun. 2019. Updated and revised checklist of the mammals in Oklahoma. Proc. Okla. Acad. Sci. 99:1-6.
Caire, W., L. Samanie Loucks, J.B. Shaw, J.W. Evans, K.E. Gillies, and M.A. Caywood. 2018. Variation in the number of hibernating cave myotis (Myotis velifer) in western Oklahoma and northwest Texas caves prior to the arrival of white-nose syndrome. Southwestern Naturalist 63(2):124-132.
Caire, W., M. Gilbert, M. Endebrock, and L. Samanie Loucks. 2017. Use of a gelatin suspension method to examine lack of sexual dimorphism in cranial capacity of Tadarida brasiliensis from Oklahoma. Southwestern Naturalist 62(2):154-157.
Caire, W., L. Samanie Loucks, C.M. Deen, and T.L. Holshouser. 2016. A new record of and additional notes for the river otter, Lontra canadensis, from Logan County, OK. Proc. Okla. Acad. Sci. 96: 1-4.
Caire, W., L. Samanie Loucks, and PL Brown. 2015. Bat rabies in Oklahoma. Southwestern Naturalist 59(4): 548-553.
McAllister, C. T. and L. S. Loucks. 2014. New county records for the Eastern Mole, Scalopus aquaticus (Soricimorpha: Talpidae) and Woodland Vole, Microtus pinetorum (Rodentia: Cricetidae), in Oklahoma. Proc. Okla. Acad. Sci. 94:76-78.
Caire, W. and L. Samanie Loucks. 2013. The Greater Mastiff Bat, Eumops perotis, (Chiroptera: Molossidae) in Oklahoma. Southwestern Naturalist 58(1):102-104.
Caire, W., L. S. Loucks, G. O. Graening. 2010. Checklist of the biota associated with the Selman Cave System, Woodward County, Oklahoma. Proc. Okla. Acad. Sci. 90:29-38.
Caire, W., L. S. Loucks, G. M. Wilson, B. K. McDonald, D. A. Early, and T. Payne. 2010. Annotated checklist of the mammals of the Four Canyon Preserve, Ellis County, Oklahoma. Proc. Okla. Acad. Sci. 90:19-27.
W. Caire and L. Samanie Loucks. 2010. Loss in mass by hibernating cave myotis, Myotis velifer, (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in western Oklahoma. Southwestern Naturalist 55(3):323–330.
Loucks, L. Samanie and W. Caire. 2007. Sex ratio variation of Myotis velifer (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in Oklahoma. Southwestern Naturalist 52:67-74.
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