Past lab members


Recent students


Kendall 042Kendall Hughes

Kendall successfully defended her undergraduate Honors thesis in the fall of 2017 on the electrophysiology of pectinal nerves and the brain in the scorpion Centruroides vittatus. She is majoring in Neuromedicine and minoring in chemistry and will graduate in the Spring of 2018. She plans on attending medical school in the fall of 2018. When she is not in the lab she likes to do yoga, run and hang out with her friends.



Zac Waldroup

Zac was an undergraduate student volunteering as a lab assistant. His is majoring in Biology and minoring in Native American Studies. He works as a Resident Adviser at the University of Oklahoma and hopes to attend Law school in the future. Outside of the lab, he likes to interact with his residents and socialize with his friends.


Ninoshka Rivera-Roldan

Nina is a junior originally from Puerto Rico who completed a research project on the positive phototaxis of P. utahensis to green and UV light (compared to red and no light). She majored in Biology and graduates in Spring 2017. She will begin medical school in the Fall of 1017 at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, WA. Her career goal is to become either a trauma surgeon, cardiologist, or forensic pathologist. She likes to do pilates, play guitar, hang out with friends, game on her GameCube, and watch Netflix.


e01ab6_8c90daaaabea4b2ba990c24ed46b614aMegan Mont

Undergraduate Honors student in Biology. She successfully defended her Honors thesis in Biology in May 2016! Her thesis centered on demonstrating that the navigation by scene familiarity hypothesis can be successfully used by students to recapitulate paths in a corridor with only a laptop and webcam. She also showed that the visual information in corridors was sufficient to navigate and prevent aliasing . She is off to medical school at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Good luck!



e01ab6_ea48d0e6daa54312b45d114a44859da2Randall Proctor

Randall Proctor, an undergraduate honors student used the desert grassland scorpions (Paruroctonus utahensis) to pursue the question of humidity sensation. His project investigated their behavior when placed in a chamber with a large humidity gradient.  He graduated in the Fall of 2015 and will begin the Masters of Biomedical Sciences program at Duke University in the Fall of 2016.


mitchellJacob Mitchell

Defended his Honors Thesis and graduated Spring of 2015. He worked on UV and visible light sensitivity in the local scorpion, Centruroides vittatus. He is now working in Denver, CO.




vinnedgeJay Vinnedge

Recently, undergraduate Honors student Jay Vinnedge, completed his thesis on the light enduced hiding behavior in the desert grassland scorpion, Paruroctonus utahensis. Jay is currently in medical school at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.




Recent Research Associate



Kyven Zhao

His interests were in the chemotextural sensory capabilities of the peg sensilla of scorpions and in the navigation by scene familiarity hypothesis. He is now in the pharmacy school at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Good luck Kyven!





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