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Haynie, Ph.D., is a professor of biology at the University of Central Oklahoma. She was born in Wichita, Kansas, and grew up in the small town of Haysville, Kansas. She earned her B.S. in zoology from Oklahoma State University, where she became involved in undergraduate research. She primarily worked on a project examining genetic diversity in endangered pupfish populations from California. She remained at OSU for her M.S. degree. Her thesis research focused on parentage, genetic reproductive success, and multiple paternity rates in two species of prairie dogs. She obtained my Ph.D. from Texas Tech University, where she studied genetic diversity and population genetic structure in four species of woodrats from the southwestern U.S.

After graduating with her Ph.D., she accepted the position of laboratory manager at the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics in Washington, D.C. She remained at the position for 15 months, before she returned to Oklahoma to begin working at UCO. She has two daughters with her husband, an IT specialist who works at OSU. She enjoys sports, both playing (pretty much anything) and watching (again, pretty much anything, but English premiere league soccer in particular). She started crossfit in 2012 and now goes to a crossfit gym five times a week. In her free time, particularly over breaks, she enjoys reading, working jigsaw puzzles, and playing board and card games. She recently has become interested in astronomy as a hobby.

Education and Certifications

Oklahoma State University     Stillwater, OK             Zoology           B.S. 1998

Oklahoma State University     Stillwater, OK             Zoology           M.S. 2000

Texas Tech University            Lubbock, TX               Biology           Ph.D. 2006


Professor, Department of Biology, University of Central Oklahoma (2016-present)

Graduate Advisor, Department of Biology, University of Central Oklahoma (2014-present)

Curator, Frozen Tissue Collection, University of Central Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2008-present)

Research Associate, Museum of Texas Tech University (2011-present)

Classes Taught

BIO1204                     Biology for Majors - Principles

BIO3703                     Evolution

BIO4743/5743            Population Genetics

While at UCO, I also have taught BIO1114 General Biology (non-majors), BIO1211 General Biology Lab (non-majors), BIO3254 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, BIO4343/5343 Molecular Biology Techniques, and FRSC4333/5333 Forensic Molecular Biology.


My research interests lie in population genetics and molecular systematics, mostly in mammalian systems. I am interested in using genetic markers to address conservation and evolutionary questions, with most of my current research focusing on comparative hybrid zone studies and the identification of cryptic species. I also am interested in genomic drivers of the speciation process and local adaptations. I recently started a small mammal mark-recapture survey at the UCO Selman Living Lab.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Nichols, M.D., C.J. Butler, W.D. Lord, and M.L. Haynie. Projected expansion in climatic suitability for Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas Disease, and five widespread Triatoma species by 2070: the role of climate change on infectious diseases. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. In Press.

Nichols, M.D., W.D. Lord, M.L. Haynie, R.E. Brennan, V.L. Jackson, and W.S. Monterroso. First report of Trypanosoma cruzi in a Mexican Free-Tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) in Oklahoma. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, In Press.

Haynie, M.L., M.T.N. Tsuchiya-Jerep, S.M. Ospina-Garcés, J. Arroyo-Cabrales, R.A. Medillín, O.J. Polaco, and J.E. Maldonado.  2016.  Placement of the rediscovered Myotis planiceps (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) within the Myotis phylogeny.  Journal of Mammalogy 97:701-712.

Mauldin, M.R., M.L. Haynie, J.D. Hanson, R.J. Baker, and R.D. Bradley.  2014.  Multilocus characterization of a woodrat (Genus Neotoma) hybrid zone.  Journal of Heredity 105:466-476.

Haynie, M.L., K.D. Abbott, C.F. Fulhorst, and R.D. Bradley.  2016.  Assessment of genetic diversity within populations of Neotoma albigula (white-throated woodrats) naturally associated with Tacaribe serocomplex viruses (Family Arenaviridae).  Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 344:1-26.

York, J.R., T.A. Baird, and M.L. Haynie.  2014.  Unexpected high fitness payoff of subordinate social tactics in male collared lizards.  Animal Behaviour 91:17-25.

Roy, C.L., C.J. Butler, and M.L. Haynie.  2013.  Brownsville Common Yellowthroats maintain genetic diversity in a fragmented landscape.  The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 125:402-406.

Milazzo, M.L., B.R. Amman, M.N.B. Cajimat, F.M. Mendez-Harclerode, J.R. Suchecki, J.D. Hanson, M.L. Haynie, B.D. Baxter, C. Milazzo, Jr., S.A. Carroll, D.S. Carroll, D.C. Ruthven, III, R.D. Bradley, and C.F. Fulhorst.  2013.  Ecology of Catarina Virus (family Arenaviridae) in Southern Texas, 2001–2004.  Vector-borne and Zoonotic Disease 13:50-59.

Cajimat, M.N.B., M.L. Milazzo, M.L. Haynie, J.D. Hanson, R.D. Bradley, and C.F. Fulhorst.  2011.  Diversity and phylogenetic relationships among the North American Tacaribe serocomplex viruses (Family Arenaviridae).  Virology 421:87-95.

Ceballos, G., P. Manzano, F.M. Méndez-Harclerode, M.L. Haynie, D.H. Walker, and R.D. Bradley.  2010.  Geographic distribution, genetic diversity, and conservation status of the southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) in Mexico.  Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 299:1-15.

Haynie, M.L., C.F. Fulhorst, and R.D. Bradley.  2009.  Genetic variation within populations of a dietary specialist, Neotoma stephensi (Stephen’s woodrat), in Arizona.  Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 289:1-12.

Milazzo, M.L., M.N.B. Cajimat, M.L. Haynie, K.D. Abbott, R.D. Bradley, and C.F.

    Fulhorst.  2008.  Diversity among Tacaribe serocomplex viruses (family Arenaviridae) naturally associated with the white-throated woodrat (Neotoma albigula) in the southwestern United States.  Journal of Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 8:523-540.

Haynie, M.L., S.G. Bennett, M. Rood, B. Hess, C.F. Fulhorst, and R.D. Bradley.  2007.  Genetic variation in multilocus microsatellite genotypes in two species of woodrats (Neotoma macrotis and N. fuscipes) from California.  Journal of Mammalogy 88:745-758.

Bradley, R.D., J.D. Hanson, B.R. Amman, B.D. Baxter, D.S. Carroll, N.D. Durish, M.L. Haynie, M. Kageyama, L.K. Longhofer, F.M. Mendez-Harclerode, S.A. Reeder, J.R. Suchecki, D.C. Ruthven III, M.N.B. Cajimat, C. Milazzo, Jr., M.L. Milazzo, and C.F. Fulhorst.  2006.  Rapid recovery of rodent populations following a severe drought.  The Southwestern Naturalist 51:87-93.

Haynie, M.L., J.G. Brant, L.R. McAliley, J.P. Carrera, X. Viteri, C. Jones, C.J. Phillips, and R.J. Baker.  2006.  Investigations in a natural corridor between two national parks in central Ecuador: Results from Sowell Expedition, 2001.  Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 263:1-16.

Haynie, M.L., B.R. Amman, B.D. Baxter, N.D. Durish, J.D. Hanson, F.M. Mendez-Harclerode, L.K. Longhofer, S.A. Reeder, J.R. Suchecki, and R.D. Bradley.  2005.  Mammal records from Donley and Briscoe Counties, Texas.  Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 247:1-4.

Bradley, R.D., D.S. Carroll, M.L. Haynie, R. Muñiz Martínez, M.J. Hamilton, and C.W. Kilpatrick.  2004.  A new species of Peromyscus from western Mexico.  Journal of Mammalogy 85:1184-1193.

Coffey, L.L., A.-S. Carrara, S. Paessler, M.L. Haynie, R.D. Bradley, R.B. Tesh, and S.C. Weaver.  2004.  Experimental Everglades Virus infection of cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus).  Emerging Infectious Diseases 10:2182-2188.

Bradley, R.D., F.C. Bryant, L.C. Bradley, M.L. Haynie, and R.J. Baker.  2003.  Implications of hybridization between white-tailed deer and mule deer.  The Southwestern Naturalist 48:654-660.

Haynie, M.L., R.A. Van Den Bussche, J.L. Hoogland, and D.A. Gilbert.  2003.  Parentage, multiple paternity, and breeding success in Gunnison's and Utah prairie dogs.  Journal of Mammalogy 84:1244-1253.

Sucheki, J.R., B.R. Amman, D. Baxter, M. Cajimat, D.S. Carroll, N.D. Durish, C.F. Fulhorst, J.D. Hanson, M.L. Haynie, M. Kageyama, L.K. Longhofer, F. Mendez-Harclerode, C. Milazzo, Jr., M.L. Milazzo, S.A. Reeder, D.C. Ruthven, D.R. Synatzske, and R.D. Bradley.  2003.  Lasiurus ega and other small mammal records from Dimmit and La Salle Counties, Texas.  Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 225:1-3.

Echelle, A.A., R.A. Van Den Bussche, T.P. Malloy Jr., M.L. Haynie, and C.O. Minckley.  2000.  Mitochondrial DNA variation in pupfishes assigned to the species Cyprinodon macularis (Atherinomorpha: Cyprinodontidae): taxonomic implications and conservation genetics.  Copeia 2000:353-364.

Edwards, C.E., D.S. Carroll, M.L. Clary, K.E. Halcomb, M.L. Haynie, S.R. Hoofer, F.G. Hoffmann, M.B. O’Neill, E. Webb, M.J. Hamilton, R.A. Van Den Bussche, D.J. Schmidly, C. Jones, and R.J. Bradley.  2000.  Records of mammals from northeast and south Texas.  Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 200:1-8.

Professional and Community Involvement

Society Membership and Leadership:

Texas Society of Mammalogists – President-Elect (2013), President (2014), Executive Committee (2013-present), Editor (2018-present)

Southwestern Association of Naturalists – Membership Committee Chair (2012-2017), Board of Governors (2015-2017)

Membership in UCO Centers:

CFACS – Center for Wildlife Forensic and Conservation Studies

CREIC – Center for Research and Education in Interdisciplinary Computation

Current UCO Committee Membership:

Assessment Committee (Biology Department, Evolution Representative)

Awards and Scholarship Committee (Biology Department)

Goals and Equipment Committee (Biology Department)

Graduate Committee (Biology Department, Chair)

Strategic Planning Committee (Biology Department)

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Other Service:

Member – Oklahoma Mammal Technical Committee (assessing conservation status of Oklahoma mammals)

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