Dr. Carissa Ganong

Dr. Carissa N. Ganong, Assistant Professor

(816) 271-4520 | cganong@missouriwestern.edu

Dr. Carissa Ganong has been at MWSU since 2016. Her research interests include aquatic ecology, entomology, invertebrate biology, tropical ecology and biogeochemistry.

Distribution and Abundance of Burrowing Crayfish at Loess Bluffs NWR

Requirements: Students must be willing to work in potentially challenging (swampy) field conditions at Loess Bluffs. GIS/GPS experience preferred but not required.

Anthropogenic effects on aquatic invertebrates and ecosystems

Our lab’s broad research interest is the impacts of human activities on aquatic systems in both temperate and tropical environments, with a focus on aquatic insects and other invertebrates. In addition to a long term water quality monitoring effort of MWSU campus ponds, recent projects include quantifying the toxicity of a common organophosphate pesticide on tropical stream insects, and a comparison of thermal tolerance between closely related temperate and tropical aquatic insect taxa (in Costa Rica and Missouri).

Biological Survey of the John Rushin Teaching and Research Prairie

One of the assets of the biology department at Missouri Western is the campus prairie, located just outside the campus. Encompassing 34 acres of unique prairie habitat, this area is a treasure trove for both the campus community, as well as botanists and nature lovers outside the campus. It provides a unique research opportunity. The initial goal of this project starts with the involvement of student researchers performing surveys of the plant communities present in this unique habitat.

Requirements: A grade of C or better in BIO105, BIO 225 preferred.

From Viruses to Vertebrates: A Freshwater Biodiversity Survey

This research will use traditional and molecular tools to sample and categorize the biological entities in the freshwater environments that occur on the Missouri Western State campus. Students that work on this project will gain lab and field experience as well as experience working with large, complicated sets of data.

This project is a collaborative effort between the labs of Dr. Elias, Dr. Ganong, Dr. Grantham, Dr. Mills, and Dr. Drake.

Requirements: Successful completion of at least one Biology course.

Dr. Carissa Ganong

About Dr. Carissa N. Ganong

Ph.D., Ecology, University of Georgia

M.S., Biology, University of Central Arkansas

B.S., Biology, B.S., Chemistry, B.S., Spanish, Mansfield University

Contact Dr. Ganong

Agenstein 237G

4525 Downs Drive
Saint Joseph, MO 64507