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Courtney Masterson

Thesis defense and graduation Summer 2016; Currently working as a biology lecturer and research assistant at the University of Kansas
Primary office:
Haworth


Advisor: Helen Alexander
Research Interests: Community ecology, Plant-animal interactions, herbivory, tallgrass prairie conservation
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Education:

  • B.S. Biology – University of Missouri Kansas City

Publications:

  • Masterson, C. E., Meiners, S. E., Reed, A. W., Slade, N. A. 2015. Detecting the signal of climate change in small mammal populations of eastern Kansas. Unpublished manuscript; to be submitted to Journal of Mammology.

Presentations:

  • Masterson, C. E. Effects of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) herbivory on prairie plant ecology.  Oral presentation, International Urban Wildlife Conference, to be presented May 2015.
  • Masterson, C. E. Effects of White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) herbivory on prairie plant ecology. Oral presentation, Friday Ecology Talks, KS Biological Survey, March 13, 2015.
  • Masterson, C. E. Investigating the effects of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) herbivory on tallgrass prairie plants.  Poster presented at the Kansas Natural Resource Conference, January 2015.
  • Masterson, C. E. Effects of White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) herbivory on grassland community composition. Oral presentation, Friday Ecology Talks, KS Biological Survey, April 11, 2014.
  • Masterson, C. E., Meiners, S. E., Reed, A. W., Slade, N. A. Signal of climate change detected in long-term study of small mammal populations. Poster presented at the University of Kansas Graduate Research Competition, March 2014.
  • Meiners, S. E., Masterson, C. E., Reed, A. W., Slade, N. A. 2013. Detecting the signal of climate change in small mammal populations of eastern Kansas. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammologists, June 2013.

Invited Talks:

  • Masterson, C. E. Commencement Speaker, Johnson County Community College Honors Program Graduation Ceremony, May 15, 2014. Overland Park, Kansas

Funding

  • Masterson, C. E. Travel grant, International Urban Wildlife Conference. University of Kansas Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. $300.00. Summer 2015. Funded.
  • Masterson, C. E. Effects of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) herbivory on remnant tallgrass prairie plant species and communities. Kansas Native Plant Society, Mary A. Bancroft Memorial Scholarship. $1,000. Summer 2015. Funded.
  • Masterson, C. E. Hunting awareness and conservation education (Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow scholarship). Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. $2,500. Fall 2014. Funded.
  • Masterson, C. E. Effects of White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Herbivory on Grassland Community Composition. University of Kansas Botany Endowment Fund. $5,000. Summer 2014. Funded.
  • Masterson, C. E. Using an artificial herbivory experiment to study the tolerance of Helianthus species to large mammal herbivory. University of Kansas Field Station. $426.60. Summer 2014. Funded.
  • Masterson, C. E. Effects of deer herbivory on tallgrass prairie plant species. Johnson County Parks and Recreation District. $4,437.05 +. Fall 2013 - current. Funded.
  • Masterson, C. E. Effects of deer herbivory on tallgrass prairie plant species. University of Kansas Field Station. $500. Summer 2013. Funded.

 


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