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A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For updates on A-State events, please check the university’s official website AState.edu or social media feeds, Facebook.com/ArkansasState or @ArkansasState on Twitter.

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Associate Professor of Biology


  • BA -1985 Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution: University of California at San Diego
  • MSc – 1990 Fisheries Science: Oregon State University
  • Ph.D. – 1993 Zoology: Oregon State University

Courses Taught

  • Biology of Animals (Undergraduate)
  • Ichthyology (Undergraduate/Graduate)
  • Aquatic Biology (Graduate)
  • Parasitology (Undergraduate)
  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management (Undergraduate/team taught)

Research Interests

  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Ecology of Fishes
  • Marine Ecology
  • Parasite-Host Ecology
  • My current research includes projects in the Caribbean, Philippines, Australia, and South Africa where my collaborators, graduate students, and I are investigating:
    • Blood parasites of Caribbean Reef Fishes
    • Habitat associations of parasitic gnathiid isopods
    • Effects of cymothoid and gnathiid isopods on their fish hosts
    • The role of ectoparasites in marine food webs
    • The role of parasites in the success of invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish