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January 6, 2010

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UT Tyler Biology Department Awarded Grant to Assist with Biomonitoring Project in Louisiana

Lance and Marsha Williams

Dr. Lance Williams, associate professor of biology at The University of Texas at Tyler, and Marsha Williams, part-time grants investigator with the university’s biology department, were awarded nearly $72,000 to assist in the development of a project in Louisiana, Dr. Arlene Horne, vice president for research and federal relations, announced.

With the $71,935 contract in collaboration with Quantitative Ecological Services, Inc., they will help biologists in Fort Polk, La. develop a stream biomonitoring program.

“Part of the project will involve training personnel at Fort Polk in how to conduct sampling for stream habitat, fish and invertebrates. At the end of the four year project, Fort Polk biologists will have a plan in place that they can implement to monitor the impacts of their land use activities on stream water quality,” Lance Williams said.

A respected researcher in aquatic ecology, the professor last year received a grant by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to study fish, unionid mussels, riparian vegetation populations and other aspects of the Neches River.

A faculty member since 2007, Lance Williams holds a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Mississippi State University. He was named Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2002 and 2004 and received a 2008 Outstanding Faculty Award from UT Tyler’s Alpha Chi Honor Society.

Basic ecology and fish and salamander conservation are among his interests.

Marsha Williams holds a bachelor of science degree in zoology from the University of Oklahoma as well as a master of science degree in zoology from Oklahoma State University.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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