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March 23, 2010

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HOMETOWN RELEASE: Palestine Resident to Present UT Tyler Research Papers

Biology lab students

Bradley Martin of Palestine is one of four biology graduate students at The University of Texas at Tyler in the biology lab of Dr. John Placyk who will present research papers at a national conference.

The group will give presentations at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists April 22 – 24 in Junction.

The students, under the supervision of Placyk, UT Tyler assistant professor of biology, will discuss research findings on the ecology, evolution, behavior and conservation of various reptiles and birds.

“I would like to thank John Placyk, Jr., Sheri Sanders and Jim Koukl for their support,” Martin said.

Martin will graduate in December 2011 with a master of science degree in biology. He plans to pursue a doctorate degree and work in academia as a professor at a university.

Martin received two research awards from the UT Tyler Office of Sponsored Research and held two fellowships within the University of Texas System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Undergraduate Research Academy. He has made the President’s Honor Roll two semesters and the Dean’s List one semester.

His general interests include phylogenetics and systematics, molecular ecology, conservation biology, box turtles and herpetology.

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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