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A-State Remains Closed Through Friday. March 6

Arkansas State University will remain closed through Friday, March 6, due to heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Upward Bound session scheduled for March 7 is cancelled.
  • Saturday's Archeology Day activities at the Museum have been postponed until Saturday, March 14.
  • The MPA Program's "Career Conversations" event with Dr. Michele Reba has been postponed until Wednesday, March 11, at 1 p.m., Wilson Hall, Room 412.
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm during the closure.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and regular hours over the weekend.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
  • The Honors Reception event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled.
  • The Arkansas State University Regional Math Contest scheduled for Saturday, March 7, has been rescheduled to 4:45 pm on Monday, March 9. For more information please see the Math Departments Homepage.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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Chair, Department of Biological Science

Professor of Animal Ecology


Education

  • BS - 1986 - Environmental Studies, Stockton State College, Pomona, NJ
  • MS - 1993 - Wildlife Management, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD
  • PhD - 1999 - Zoology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Biography

Dr. Risch's research involves monitored interactions or population dynamics of small mammals and birds. Recent projects have ranged from describing life history traits to assessing vector ecology. Techniques are applied toward human risk assessment for West Nile virus and measured benefits of genetically modified crops using small mammal models. Locally, his research examines distribution and behavior of bats in specific ecoregions of Arkansas and reproductive timing in Eastern Bluebirds. Tom still collaborates on projects with University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.

Tom Risch


Contact Information

P: 870-972-3082


Office

Building: Lab Science East
Room: 201