Hook Scholars

Hook Scholars

2016 Scholars

Elizabeth Ademski. Exploring the potential for plastic-eating microorganisms in Wild Basin soil communities.

Kelsey Emmons, Michelle Mendoza, and Lauren Schricker.  Determination of the economic value of ecosystem services provided by Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve.

Michael Horvath, Lexington Belyeu, and Danica Metlay. Utilizing UAVs to measure biodiversity and compare white-tailed deer survey techniques at the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve.

Abigail Kropf, Savannah Bryson, and Eric Johnson. Identifying successful methods for removal and management for three invasive plant species coexisting in a Central Texas riparian forest.

Jacqueline Ortuno. Mosquito activity comparison of adult Aedes aegypti between work and natural protected areas.

Maria Rodriguez. Using indicator microorganisms to determine the effects of urbanization on ecosystem services at Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve.


2014-2015 Scholars

Brandy Shigemoto (2014-2015). Educating K-12 Students on Species of Concerns at the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve.

Suzanne Gamboa, Erica Joelson & Christina McGlew (2014-2015). Quantifying the Wild Basin Ecosystem Services for the Austin Area.

Aaron Haynes & Marsha Barnes (2014-2015). The Effects of a Major Highway on Stress Hormone Levels of the Gulf Cost Toad (Bufo valliceps) within the Wild Basin Nature Preserve.

Lauren Cybulska & Christopher Cormier (2014-2015). A Study of Tick Population Densities as Disease Vectors on an East-to-West Transect of Austin, Texas.

Amanda Maxon, Pamela Millan & Stacia Sheputa (2014-2015). Press on Vegetation and Stress Levels of White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianis) through Density Mapping of Deer across the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve in Austin, Texas.

Antoine Pasquier & Katalina Salas (2014-2015). Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Spatial Invasion Analsysis for Texas and Wild Basin using Population Density of Fraxinus texensis to predict future invasion pathways.


2013-2014 Scholars

Andrew Barrick & Nicole Minicone (2013-2014). The Assessment of Macroinvertebrates in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. 

Christopher Johnson & Gregory Washington (2013-2014).  Estimating Temporal Variation in Vertebrate Biodiversity using Camera Traps at Wild Basin Preserve.

Christina Schech (2013-2014).  Translating Natural Patterns and Flora ito Intepretive Sculptural Installations.

Aaron Waters & Jamie Carpenter (2013-2014). The Influence of Land Use Change on the Health and Integrity of Stream Ecosystems in the Bee Creek Watershed.

Karina Cuellar (2013-2014). Analysis of Antimicrobial Secretions of the Burying Beetle, Nicrophorus carolinus.

Yvette Cannata (2013-2014). Investigating the Effects of Herbicides on Cognitive Foraging Abilities in the Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Lithobates berlandieri).

Maryhelen Reuter (2013-2014). Native Texas Wild Basin Insects: Large Scale Hanging Sculptures.