Tarleton’s Higgins named to international communications committee

Tarleton's Dr. Christopher Higgins has been named to the communications committee for the Organization of Biological Field Stations.

STEPHENVILLE (February 4, 2019) —Tarleton State University Professor of Biological Sciences Christopher L. Higgins has been chosen to serve on the communications committee for the Organization of Biological Field Stations.

Dr. Higgins, the director of Tarleton’s Timberlake Biological Field Station, will have the opportunity to invite facilities to join the organization and to attend this year’s meeting at the Centre for Environmental Sciences associated with Hasselt University in Belgium.

Higgins joined the faculty of Tarleton’s Department of Biological Sciences in 2005. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Angelo State University, a master’s in biology from Texas Tech University, and a doctorate in ecology from Texas Tech University.

He teaches upper-level courses in ecology, ichthyology and tropical ecology as well as graduate courses in research design and analysis and measuring biological diversity. In 2012 he received the Texas A&M University System Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence.

As an active researcher, Higgins publishes at least one peer-reviewed manuscript each year; he has 27 publications in print and a couple more in review. He has also received grants to help support his research and that of his students, including contracts with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Military Department and the National Science Foundation.

The Timberlake Biological Field Station was established in 2015 to advance environmental research, engage students in scientific discovery, and promote stewardship of the natural world. The vision is to be a model field station focused on education, outreach and research associated with the ecological integrity of the Colorado River and the diverse flora and fauna of Texas’ Cross Timbers and Edwards Plateau ecoregions.

The field station serves as a host site for Tarleton’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program and is a member of the Undergraduate-Field Experiences Research Network, both of which are sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

For more information about the Timberlake Biological Field Station, visit https://www.tarleton.edu/timberlakeranch/.

The OBFS is an association of more than 250 field stations in more than 20 countries and on multiple continents. It supports critical research, education and outreach in a manner that maximizes diversity, inclusiveness, sustainability and transparency. A vigorous information exchange addresses topics such as management of field stations and reserves, inquiry-based field research, education and outreach, environmental monitoring, and funding opportunities. Additional information is on the OBFS website http://www.obfs.org.

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