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Manager Selman Living Lab

University of Central Oklahoma
rpace2@uco.edu (405) 974-5973 College of Mathematics & Science HOH 303 , Box 177

About

I am currently the manager of the Selman Living Laboratory which is run under the auspices of the University of Central Oklahoma Dean’s Office.  In addition I am an instructor in the Biology department.  I grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma so I am very much at home here at UCO.  From the time I was a toddler I loved learning about insects, raising them and collecting them.  As I grew up I became more intrigued by insect behavior and their interactions with plants and animals.  In high school I had the opportunity to work at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation where I became interested in microbiology and immunology.  My interest in these fields grew as I worked my way through college.  I earned my BS from Oklahoma State University in Entomology with a focus in microbiology.  Because of my interest in microbiology I decided to go to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and earned a M.S. in microbiology and immunology.  Through my experiences as a master’s student I realized that I wanted to be in the field more.  After completing my degree, I went to Oklahoma State University and earned my Ph.D.in Entomology studying blow flies and house flies and their interactions with food borne pathogens.  I enjoy my position as the manager of the Selman Living Laboratory and love to get students out to the SLL.    

Education and Certifications

B.S. Oklahoma State University

M.S. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Ph.D. Oklahoma State University

Classes Taught

BIO 1114 - Introductory Biology

BIO 1204 – Biology - Principles

BIO 4910/5910 – Pollination Biology

BIO 4754/5754 – General Entomology

BIO 4910/5910 – Field Biology

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

My primary research interest includes insect ecology and behavior.  The main ongoing research project I have available for undergraduate involvement is a pit fall trap study at the Selman Living Laboratory (SLL).  Undergraduate students working on the project have found differences in species richness and abundance across the different habitats at the SLL.  This is an ongoing project.  Interested students are welcome to express interest for possible involvement in the project.  Another undergraduate project is monitoring cave entrances at the SLL using game cameras.  I have graduate students that are working on pollination biology and insect behavior.  The pollination biology project focuses on plants and insects at the SLL.  The insect behavior project focuses on predatory mosquito larvae and their interaction with prey items.  I am always interested in student proposed research projects especially those involving the Selman Living Laboratory.

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