Ongoing Research work 2021
Photos of Field Research Activities
Internships & volunteering opportunities
at Montana Lab
Are you interested in aquatic ecosystems: ponds, streams, rivers? in aquatic organisms such as fish, aquatic invertebrates, tadpoles? The Montana Lab welcome motivate undergraduates with great interest in getting hands on research experience working on the field or lab settings.
Please, contact Dr. Montana via email if you are interested in volunteering or doing an internship in her lab.
Our article entitled: The cost of gold: Mercury contamination of fishes in a Neotropical river food-web as published in Neotropical Ichthyology.
Collaborative Research proposal with Texas A&M University was submitted to National Science Foundation (NSF). Fingers crossed!
Our article entitled: Community assembly within ponds: the roles of space, time, and environmental gradients was published in Aquatic Ecology!
Research Grant proposal in collaboration with the University of North Texas was submitted to the the Texas Office of Comptroller. Fingers crossed!
National Science Foundation (NSF) founded our collaborative research project for MRI: Acquisition of Tekran mercury speciation system. This is in collaboration with University of Texas at Tyler. Congrats to everyone!!
Siena Stassi (SFA, Env. Science undergraduate) joined the lab. Welcome Sienna.
Brittney Reese graduated from SFASU, Biology! Congratulation Britt.
Dr. Montana was awarded with the SFASU Distinguish Grant Award: Faculty research First Award" for her research achievements since she arrived at SFA in Fall 2019.
Zachary Hutchens presented his summer research work on Impacts of urbanization in the populations of Sabine Shiner at the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) 2021 at SFASU. Way to go Zachary!
Congratulations to Zachary Hutchens for being awarded with the Student Field Natural History Award at the 2021 The Southwestern Association of Naturalists (SWAN) meeting 22-24 April 2021. Zachary presented his research on Movements, Habitat use and Ecological aspects of the Sabine Shiner in East Texas streams. Way to go Zach!!
Our new book entitled: Peacock Bass: Diversity, Ecology and Conservation" by Kirk Winemiller, Leslie Kelso Winemiller & Carmen Montana) has been published by Elsevier.
Dr. Montana was awarded with the SFA Research Grant Development for Summer 2021.
Congratulations to Zachary Hutchens for being one of the recipients of the 2021 Undergraduate Research Summer Award. Way to go Zach!
Congratulations to Jake Swanson (M.S. Student) recipient of the STMicroelectronics scholarship and the McCullough Family Scholarship from the ATCOFA.
Lucas Kahn (Undergraduate)
received Top Scholar winner at the 2021 SFA Undergraduate Research Symposium. Congratulations- Way to go Lucas!
Undergraduates (Zachary Hutchens, Brittney Reese Valerie Castillo, Courtney Plummer and Lucas Kahn) and Graduate (Erin Shepta and Jake Swanson) at Montana Lab presented their research projects at the 2021 Virtual Texas Chapter American Fisheries Society. Good job everyone!
Dr. Reuber Antoniazzi from Brazil joined the Montana Lab as a Research Associate. He will be describing historical patterns of communities and and spatial distribution of streams network. Welcome Reuber!!
Dr. Montana research featured on an episode of “Animal Impossible - Piranhas” produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Jordan Griffin and Valerie Castillo both graduated. Congratulation Jordan and Valerie!!!
Dr. Montana was invited to speak at the 1st. International Symposium of Tadpole Evolution. Brazil 2020. Her talk was entitled: Tadpole trophic ecology: continued efforts to answer the question 'what tadpoles really eat?”
Dr. Montana was awarded with a SFA Minigrant.
The Montana Lab conducted fish surveys in the Upper Brazos and Red River basins.
Courtney Plummer and Valerie Castillo (Biology Undergrads) joined the Montana Lab as research assistants.
Our paper entitled "Seasonal variation in basal resources supporting fish biomass in longitudinal zones of the Usumacinta River, southern Mexico" is published online early view in Marine and Freshwater Research. Congratulations to all!!
Erin Shepta joined the lab as a MS student. Welcome Erin!
Our paper entitled "The relationship between trophic level and body size in fishes depends on functional traits" was published in early view in Ecological Monographs.
Jordan Griffin and Zachary Hutchens were awarded 1st Place overall Undergraduate Poster presentation at the statewide 2020- Ecological Integration Symposium at Texas A&M. Way to go Jordan and Zach!!
Graduate (Jake Swanson) and undergraduate (Jordan Griffin, Zachary Hutchens, Kathy Li, Hannah Bays, Allison Pinson) students at Montana Lab presented their ongoing research via Virtual format at the statewide 2020- Ecological Integration Symposium at Texas A&M.
Jordan Griffin will be presenting her research project at the College of Science and Mathematics showcase Feb 22. Way to go Jordan!
Our paper entitled Macroevolutionary analyses indicate that repeated adaptive shifts towards predatory diets affect functional diversity in Neotropical cichlid is published in early view Biological Journal Linnean Society. Congratulations to all!
Morgan Beckham passed her MS oral examination! Congratulations Morgan!
Alejandra Martinez and Jordan Griffin (Undergraduates) and Dr. Montana will be presenting their research project at Texas Chapter American Fisheries Society meeting 2020, Waco, Texas. 23-25 Jan.
Our paper in Environmental Fish Biology entitled: "Functional and trophic diversity of fishes in the Mekong-3S river system: comparison of morphological and isotopic patterns" was accepted for publication! Yeaaa!