Dr. Durham joined the LCU Department of Natural Sciences in the spring of 2009. He is currently Associate Professor and Program Director of the Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Ecology and Conservation. Dr. Durham was born and raised in a farming and ranching community in the Oklahoma Panhandle. After completing his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Durham came to Lubbock to attend graduate school at Texas Tech University where he completed both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Fisheries Science. Dr. Durham is a member of the American Fisheries Society, Wildlife Society, and Ecological Society of America. He is also a Certified Hunter Education Instructor for the state of Texas.
Although I am interested in a broad range of ecological questions, my primary research focus is in the area of aquatic ecology and conservation. My current research is concentrated on (1) understanding seasonal patterns in the community composition of microbes in urban lakes with a specific focus on pathogenic bacteria and their connection to migratory waterfowl that overwinter on the southern plains of Texas; (2) studying the ecological and environmental effects of artificial sweeteners on indicator aquatic species such as freshwater mussels; and (3) understanding the mechanisms behind the recent and ongoing decline of native stream fishes throughout the Great Plains Ecosystem.
Selected Publications & Presentations:
- Durham, B. W., Porter, L., *Webb, A. B., and *Thomas, J. 2016. Seasonal influence of environmental variables and artificial aeration on Escherichia coli in small urban lakes. Journal of Water and Health 14:929-941.
- Durham, B. W., and G. R. Wilde. 2014. Understanding Complex reproductive ecology in fishes: the importance of individual and population-scale information. Aquatic Ecology 48:91-106.
- Durham, B. W., and G. R. Wilde. 2014. Elasticity analysis of an age-structured population dynamics model for the Pecos bluntnose shiner. Proceedings of the Sixth Symposium on the Natural Resources of the Chihuahuan Desert.
- Durham, B. W., and G. R. Wilde. 2008. Asynchronous and synchronous spawning by smalleye shiner Notropis buccula from the Brazos River, Texas. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 17:528-541.
- Durham, B. W., and G. R. Wilde. 2005. Relationship between hatch date and first-summer growth of five species of prairie-stream cyprinids. Environmental Biology of Fishes 72:45-54.
- Durham, B.W. 2015. Writing successful research grants: Tips for faculty at predominantly undergraduate institutions. Lubbock Christian University Faculty Development Program. Lubbock, Texas.
- Hittle, C.,* K. Wight,* T. Bonner,* and B. W. Durham. 2015. Survival of 229-mm channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus stocked into small Texas Lakes. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Cheney, Washington. (Poster Presentation)
- Thomas, J.*, J. Marshall, L. Porter, R. Roper, and B. W. Durham. 2013. Genetic profiling of Escherichia coli isolated from Canada geese fecal matter and urban playa lake water. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, La Crosse, Wisconsin. (Poster Presentation)
* Indicates undergraduate students