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Lecturer (Temp)

University of Central Oklahoma

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Peer-Reviewed Publications

McDonald et al. 2019. The UV sensitive vision system of Ord’s kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ordii) (IN PREP)

McDonald et al. 2019.  UV-reflective morphology of Ord’s kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ordii) (IN PREP) 

McDonald BK 2019 Cryptic UV morphology in Geomyid rodents (Geomyidae) (IN PREP)

Webster S, McDonald BK, .......................2019 Temporal shifts in competitive exclusion between red fox (Vulpes vulpes) and coyote (Canis latrans) based on stable isoptopes.  PLoS one (Submitted) 

Vrla SC,  McDonald BK, Butler CJ. 2018. DISTRIBUTION AND STATUS OF MULE DEER (ODOCOILEUS HEMIONUS) IN OKLAHOMA: AN UPDATED ANALYSIS OF HARVEST DATA. Southwestern Naturalist 63(2):

McDonald B.K., Husak M.S., J.D. Tyler, and D.D. Gunter. 2012.  Voucher Specimens of the Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu) in Two Oklahoma Counties. 92:51-52. Wade, P.D. and B.K. McDonald. 2010.

Distribution of the Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) in Oklahoma: an Analysis of Harvest Data. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science 90:111-116.

Caire, W., Loucks, L., McDonald, B.K., Early, D.A., Payne, T., and GM Wilson. 2010. Annotated Checklist of the Mammals of the Four Canyon Preserve, Ellis County, Oklahoma. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science 90:35-44.

McDonald, B.K. 2010. Use of Habitat During Drought by the Common Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) in Southwestern Oklahoma. The Southwestern Naturalist 55(1):35-41.

McDonald, B.K. 2008. Introduction: "Annotated List of Disciplines and Sub-disciplines in the Biological Sciences" Bioscience Education e-Journal volume 12 [online] at http://www.bioscience.heacademy.ac.uk/journal/vol12/

McDonald, B.K., Sparks J.A., and M.S. Husak.2007. A New Record of the Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans) in southern Oklahoma. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science 87:103-105.

McDonald, B.K. 2007. Effects of Vegetation Structure on Foliage Dwelling Spider Assemblages in Native and Non-native Oklahoma Grassland Habitats Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science 87:85-88.

McDonald, B.K. 2006. Distribution, Abundance, and Habitat Affinities of Oklahoma Muskrats (Ondatra zibethicus): New Insight from Trapper Reports. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science 86:39-46.

McDonald, B. K. 2006. New Records of Occurrence and Notes on the Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) in Western Oklahoma. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science 86:93-95.

McDonald, B. K., Wilson, P.W., and W. Caire. 2006. New County Records of Oklahoma Mammals Based on Remains Identified in Owl Pellets. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science 86:47-52.

Other Publications

Dunn, M.T., McDonald, B.K. 2009. Carboniferous/Permian GSSP Palynological Voucher Specimens Transferred.                 Permophiles 53:62.

McDonald, B.K. 2008. Annotated List of Disciplines and Sub-disciplines in the Biological Sciences. [online] Available at: http://www.cameron.edu/~bmcdonal/list/list.html.

Professional and Community Involvement

Membership to Learned Societies

Oklahoma Academy of Science

Texas Academy of Science

American Society of Mammalogists

Central Plains Society of Mammalogists

Texas Society of Mammalogists

Southwestern Association of Naturalists

Ecological Society of America 

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Grants

2015-2016. Cameron University Intramural Research Grant, $500.  Sequencing the UV Opsin of the Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii) and a phylogenic alignment to mother taxa. Collaborators: Aaron Bevington.

2014-2015. Cameron University Office of Academic Enrichment, $5,120. Funding for an Undergraduate Research Assistant approved for the following project: Photoreceptor Proteins and Comparative Densities in the Retinas of the Kangaroo Rats Dipodomys ordii and Dipodomys ordii; understanding evolutionary patterns of Mammalian UV-communication.

2014. National Science Foundation, EPSCoR program, Summer Research Opportunity Plus (ROA+), $12,500. The UV vision system of the Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii): Potential Model Indicator of Climatological Variation. 

2013-2014. Cameron University Office of Academic Enrichment, $7,640. Funding for two Undergraduate Research Assistants approved for the following projects: (1) Modeling of the Vision System of the Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii) and Implications for UV-Communication  (2) Photoreceptor Proteins and Relative Densities in the Retina of the Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii) and Implications for Vision.

2013-2014. Cameron University Intramural Research Grant, $500.  Expression of the UV Photoreceptor in the Retina of the Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii). Collaborators: Aaron Bevington.

2013-2014.  Cameron University Intramural Research Grant, $450.  Travel to Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX for UV-photography of mammal specimens curated at the TX Tech Natural Science Museum. Collaborators: Charlene Belew.

2012-2013. Cameron University Intramural Research Grant, $500. Retinal Photoreceptors in the Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii).Collaborators: Bryce Geiger.

2010-2011, Cameron University Intramural Research Grant, $4,000.  Ultraviolet Communication  in the Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii).

2009-2010, Cameron University Intramural Research Grant, $2,625. Ultraviolet Communication in the Rodent Family Heteromyidae. Collaborators: Dennis Frisby.

2009, Cameron University Intramural Research Grant, Student Initiated Research Grant, $250.    An Inventory of the Mammalian Fauna of Jefferson County, OK.  Collaborators: Darrin Gunter and Michael Husak.

2007, Texas Academy of Science, Competitive Student Research Grant, $1,000. Habitat Diversity, Availability, and utilization by the Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) within an Irrigation  Drainage System in Southwestern Oklahoma during Drought.

2005, Women’s Forum Gardening Club Research Grant, $1,000. Habitat Diversity, Availability, and utilization by the Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) within an Irrigation  Drainage System in Southwestern Oklahoma during Drought.

2003, Cameron University Scholarly Projects Fund Research Grant, $500. Vegetation Complexity and Small Mammal Communities in Southwest Oklahoma: Preliminary Winter Data.

Classes Taught

BIOL 1364 Principles of Biology I Lecture, BIOL 1364L Principles of Biology I Lab, BIOL 1474L Principles of Biology II Lab, BIOL 1004 General Biology Lecture, BIOL 1004L General Biology Lab, BIOL 1141 Zoology Lab, BIOL 1544 Botany Lab, BIOL 3234 Comparative Anatomy Lab, ENSC 1114 Environmental Science Lab, MATH 0103 Beginning Algebra, BIOL 2121 SS: Field Biology Techniques,  BIOL 2121 SS: Independent Research, BIOL 4122 SS: Research on Retinal Photoreceptors, BIOL 4121 SS: UV Imaging, BIOL 4123 SS: UV Vision, BIOL 4121 SS: The Vertebrate Vision System, BIOL 4123, SS: Analyses of Retinal Photoreceptors, HONORS 4003: Research & Scholarly Activity; BIOL 4121 Oklahoma Biogeography; BIOL 2121, SS: Transmittance of the Ocular Lens; BIOL 4123, SS: Conservation of African Wildlife; BIOL 1114 Plants and Culture

Experience

Fall 2018- present, Temporary Lecturer, Department of Biology, University of Central Oklahoma

2016-2018: Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Biology, University of Central Oklahoma 2011-2016: Instructor, Department of Biological Sciences, Cameron University

2008 –2011: Instructor, Department of Biological Sciences, Cameron University  Director, Science Tutorial Lab, Student Support Services, Cameron University

2007 - 2008: Adjunct Professor; Cameron University; Department of Biological Sciences 2004 - 2007: Graduate Teaching Assistant; Midwestern State University.

2006: Project Assistant; Oklahoma Wetland Assessment Protocol Development, Standards Section, Water Quality Division, Oklahoma Water Resources Board. Duties: Collected field data necessary to assign biological potentials to various wetland habitats; produced technical reports; performed data entry, conducted literature research pertinent to wetland delineation; produced field maps using USGS Quadrangle and National Wetlands Inventory maps; corresponded with private landowners, land managers, private organizations, and governmental agencies in securing land access.

2003-2005: Environmental Education Specialist; Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Duties: Instructed classes and weekend workshops for a variety of student audiences. Updated literature collections to support scientific aspects of educational programs; prepared curriculums; edited and produced technical reports. College accredited courses taught include: Orientation to the Natural History of the Wichita Mountains, Grassland Ecology, Elk Ecology, and Small Mammal Ecology in the Wichita Mountains.         

Education and Certifications

M.S. Biology, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX. August, 2007 Cumulative grade-point average: 3.76 Master’s Thesis: “Habitat Diversity, Availability, and Utilization by the Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) within an Irrigation Drainage System in Southwestern Oklahoma during Drought.”

B.S. Interdisciplinary- Biology / Environmental Science, Cameron University, 2004 Grade-point average in major curriculum (last 65 hours): 3.70, cumulative Grade-point average: 2.70 Senior research project: “Vegetation Complexity and Small Mammal Communities in Southwestern Oklahoma.”

Certifications

Oklahoma State Department of Education Teaching Certificate #303324L, Biological Science, 612, issued on 11-29-2007. 

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