The Graduate Program in Biology at Austin Peay State University (APSU) invites 
applications for admission to our MS thesis-track program for Fall 2017. The 
program comprises approximately 30 students supported by research and teaching 
assistantships. APSU (11,000 students) is located in Clarksville, TN, 45 
minutes northwest of Nashville and is in close proximity to remnant prairies, 
numerous parks and public lands, and diverse aquatic ecosystems. For more 
information about the Biology Department and resources for research, please 

The application deadline for Fall 2017 admission is March 1. For more 
information on application and admission requirements, see Successful applicants will 
receive support from teaching or research assistantships and receive a full 
tuition waiver.

Because support of a faculty advisor is necessary for admission to the M.S. 
thesis-track plan of study, interested students should communicate with 
potential faculty research mentors as part of the application process. The 
following faculty are recruiting students for the upcoming Fall 2017-18 
academic year.
Carol Baskauf (<>)
Population genetics and ecophysiology of plants, focusing on rare species of 
conservation concern; comparisons of genetically or ecologically relevant 
attributes of rare and widespread congeners.

Mollie Cashner (<>)
Evolution of reproductive behavior in fishes using both experimental and 
molecular approaches.

C.M. Gienger (<>)
Ecology of amphibians and reptiles.

Rebecca Blanton Johansen (<>)
Evolution, phylogeography, and conservation of freshwater fishes and crayfishes.

Jason Malaney (<>)
Species-environment relationship with research focused at the interface of 
ecology and evolution; focused questions target a better understanding of the 
factors responsible for generating and maintaining diversity of wild mammals 
using specimen-based research.

Gilbert Pitts (<>)
Reproductive neuroendocrinology, particularly, control of 
gonadotropin-releasing hormone.

Stefan Woltmann (<>)
Behavioral and breeding ecology of birds associated with forested streams; 
ecology of imperiled grassland/prairie birds in the region.

Amy Thompson (<>)
Study of cellular damage caused by brown recluse spider venom and 
identification of drugs that might reverse damage; characterization of brown 
recluse spider sodium channels to aid in pesticide additive development to 
control spider populations; identification of limitations of currently used 
assays for determining gluten content in foods.

Austin Peay State University embraces diversity as a core value and as 
essential for our effective participation in the global community. Therefore, 
Austin Peay State University (APSU) does not discriminate against students, 
employees, or applicants for admission or employment on the basis of race, 
color, religion, creed, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual 
orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a protected 
veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected class with respect 
to all employment, programs and activities sponsored by APSU.
Dr. Rebecca Blanton Johansen
Graduate Coordinator
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
PI, Center of Excellence for Field Biology
Curator of Fishes, David Snyder Vertebrate Museum
Austin Peay State University
PO Box 4718
681 Summer St.
Clarksville, TN 37040
Voice: 931-221-7774

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