Dr. Mark Mills, Professor
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Dr. Mark Mills has been at MWSU since 2008. His research interests include herpetology, vertebrate ecology, aquatic ecology, and ichthyology. He is also the Faculty Cosponsor for Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society.
Spatial Ecology of the State-Endangered Blanding’s Turtle
Since 2012, MWSU undergraduate research students have been radio-tracking Blanding’s turtles in over 3500 acres of wetlands at Loess Bluffs (formerly Squaw Creek) National Wildlife Refuge.
The main goals of this study are to document habitat use and movement patterns of this state-endangered turtle, especially as it related to management of the refuge wetlands.
Population Ecology of Freshwater Turtles on the MWSU campus
A long term study, beginning in 2008, of the turtles in the 9 campus ponds and Otoe Creek on the MWSU campus. In 11 years, 220 turtles have been captured and marked, including 5 native species and 3 non-native species. The turtles have been documented moving among the campus ponds, with 30 turtles moving between ponds at least once, covering distances up to 1500m.
From Viruses to Insects: 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. Roy.