Curriculum Vitae

 

John L. Hunt, Ph.D.

School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

University of Arkansas at Monticello

Monticello, AR  71656

870-460-1466

E-mail:  huntj@uamont.edu

 

Work Experience:

 

2010-Current   Associate Professor, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, AR.

 

2004-2010       Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, AR.  Granted tenure, 2010.

 

1996-2004       Instructor and Graduate Teaching Assistant, Auburn University, Auburn, AL.

 

2002                State Lands Division, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Montgomery, AL.  Field survey of bats around Lake Tensaw, AL.

 

2000-2001       Oil and Gas Consortium, Artesia, NM.  Field survey to determine status of populations of the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) in southeastern New Mexico.

 

1997                Auburn University, AL.  Participated in endangered gray bat habitat evaluation under the direction of Dr. Troy Best.

 

1979-1996       Genuine Parts Company, Little Rock, AR.  Managed various retail and wholesale auto parts sales locations.  Continued in a part-time capacity until 1999.

 

Education:

 

2004                            Auburn University.  Ph.D.  Dissertation subject: Investigation into the decline of populations of the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus Ridgway) in southeastern New Mexico.  Major professor—Dr. Troy L. Best.  Awarded Presidential Fellowship—1999.  Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence—2000-2001.  Named an Outstanding Doctoral Student—2002.  GPA:  4.0. 

 

1999                            Auburn University.  M.S. in Zoology.  Thesis:  Food habits of scaled quail, northern bobwhites, and mourning doves in southeastern New   Mexico.  Major professor—Dr. Troy L. Best.  Department of Wildlife and Zoology Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award—1999.  GPA:  4.0.  

 

1996                            University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  B.S. in Biology (Summa cum laude).  Minor—History.  Martha Couch Givens Award (Outstanding Senior in Biology)—1996.  GPA:  3.962. 

 

1977                            Paron High School, Paron, AR.  Valedictorian. 

 

Research Experience:

 

2011-Current               Study of fecal hormone techniques in bats with Dr. Matt Grilliot and Dr. Christopher Sims.

 

2011-2013                   Survey of diversity of dung beetles in southeastern Arkansas.

 

2010-2012                   Study of reproductive habits of pocket gophers in southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana.

 

2009-2012                   Impact of altered forms of Drosophila kinase p70S6 on cell size.  Co-investigator with Dr. Mary Stewart.

 

2007-Current               Survey of mammalian diversity in southeastern Arkansas.

 

2006-Current               Study of conservation status of anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) with Dr. Christopher Sims.

 

2005                            Survey of vertebrates at Gulf Shores State Park, Alabama.

 

2001-2004                   Participated in study of distribution of bats in Alabama.

 

2000-Current               Investigation into environmental effects on declines in lesser prairie chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus).  Involved in gathering and analysis of data on vegetation, grazing by livestock, climate, noise pollution, habitat fragmentation, and effects of oil exploration in habitat of lesser prairie chickens.

 

1999-2000                   Participated in study of winter roosts of Mexican free-tailed bats in northern Mexico.   Involved in location, measurement, and evaluation of condition of winter roosts of bats from Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM, and collection and preparation of museum specimens.

 

1998                            Volunteered in study of song rates of house finches at Auburn University, AL.

 

1997-2000                   Participated in study of mammals in Colima, Mexico.  Involved in preparation of museum specimens of rodents and bats.

 

1997-2000                   Feeding habits study of Mexican free-tailed bats at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM.  Participated in mist-netting and radio-tracking of bats.

 

1997-1999                   Food habits study of three southwestern desert birds in Lea and Eddy Counties, NM.  Involved in identification and quantification of food items of northern bobwhites, scaled quail, and mourning doves.  Supervised work of twelve students who assisted on the project.

 

1996                            Participated in study of small mammal population at Camp Robinson, AR.  Assisted in trapping of rodents.

 

1995-1996                   Field and museum work under Dr. William Baltosser.  Assisted in capture and preparation of avian specimens.

 

1995-1996                   Thermoregulation study of nine-banded armadillo, Big Goat Island, AR.  Involved in capture, marking, recapture, and tracking of armadillos for measurement of temperature cycles.

 

1994-1995                   Volunteered in population survey of nine-banded armadillo at Arkansas Post National Monument, AR.  Involved in capture, marking, and recapture of armadillos.

 

Teaching Experience:

 

Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, 2010-current; Assistant Professor of Biology, 2004-2010.  Taught classes, participated in curriculum development, acted as co-sponsor of the Biology Club, Pre-Med Club and Sigma Zeta, served as primary Pre-Med Advisor.  Named Pre-Medical Director, 2014.  Won Hornaday Award for Outstanding Faculty, 2014.  Named Alpha Chi Rookie of the Year in 2005.  Member of graduate faculty.  Served on Faculty Research Committee, Library Committee, and Graduate Council.  Chair of Biology Curriculum Committee.  Served on search committees for Provost and Chancellor.  Served as chair of Search Committee for Dean of School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences.  Served as chair of Biology Search Committee (twice).  Served on Rockefeller Lecture Committee.  Faculty Representative for Goldwater Scholarship Program.

 

Served on graduate committees of M.S. students in the School of Forest Resources of the University of Arkansas at Monticello:  Tiffany Whitsitt, Nigel Seidel, Zachary Robinson, Danielle Techentin, Emily Boyd, Kevin Wood, and Kathryn Brautigam.   

           

Classes taught:

Anatomy and Physiology II, Biogeography, Comparative Anatomy, Desert Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, General Zoology, Introduction to Biological Science, Mammalogy, Mammalogy for Graduate Students, Principles of Biology II, Seminar in Biology

 

Special Topics Courses:  Marine Ornithology, Fauna of Costa Rica, Fauna of the Canyonlands, Scientific and Cultural Perspectives on Evolution, Vertebrate Population Analysis, Fauna of the Canadian Rockies, Fauna of Yellowstone, Fauna of Hawaii, Anatomy of the Shark, Preparation of Biological Specimens. 

           

            Labs taught:

Anatomy and Physiology II, Biological Science, Comparative Anatomy, General Zoology, Mammalian Anatomy, Mammalogy, Principles of Biology II.

 

            Substitute lecturer:

                        Ornithology, Regional Flora.

 

            During graduate school at Auburn University, 1996-2004, taught several undergraduate courses, acted as graduate teaching assistant for numerous labs, and was a substitute lecturer for several courses.  Won Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, 1999.

 

Classes taught:

Comparative Anatomy, Natural History of Vertebrates, Evolution and Systematics, Mammalogy (co-instructor).

 

Substitute lecturer: 

Comparative Anatomy, Human Anatomy, Mammalogy, Evolution and Systematics, General Ecology, Vertebrate Biodiversity.

 

Labs taught: 

Anatomy and Physiology, Comparative Anatomy, Mammalian Physiology I and II, Mammalogy, Human Anatomy, Natural History of Vertebrates

 

Professional Organizations:

 

American Society of Mammalogists, Arkansas Academy of Science, Association of Field Ornithologists, Louisiana Academy of Sciences, North American Grouse Partnership, Southeastern Bat Diversity Network, Southwestern Association of Naturalists.

 

Professional Service:

 

Member of Board of Governors of the Ouachita Mountains Biological Station.  2011-Current.

 

Reviewer, textbook artwork, W.H. Freeman Publishing Company, New York.  2010.

 

Local Organizing Committee Member—Wildlife Society Southeastern Student Conclave, Little Rock, AR.  March 26-28, 2009.

 

Chair of Public Relations Committee, Southwestern Association of Naturalists, 2007-Current.

 

Instructor—English as a Second Language, First United Methodist Church, Monticello, AR, 2006-2010.

 

Local Organizing Committee Member—Tenth Annual Colloquium on Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern United States, Guntersville, AL.  February 25, 2000.

 

Manuscript reviewer—Prairie Naturalist, Southeastern Naturalist, Southwestern Naturalist, Journal of Wildlife Management, Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science, Mammalia.

 

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

 

Grilliot, M. E., J. L. Hunt, C. G. Sims, and C. E. Comer.  In press.  New host and location record for the bat bug Cimex adjunctus Barber 1939, with a summary of previous records.  Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science, 68.

 

Connior, M. B., D. C. Cagle, H. E. Peek, C. R. Ellington, and J. L. Hunt.  2014 Reproductive cycle of Baird’s pocket gopher (Geomys breviceps) in northern Louisiana.  The Southwestern Naturalist, 59:115-117.

 

Kelley, J. B., J. L. Hunt, and M. B. Connior.  2013Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the dung of native Arkansas mammals.  Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science, 67:66-69

 

Stewart, M. J., and J. L. Hunt.  2012 Effects of Drosophila ribosomal protein S6 kinase on wing growth.  Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science, 66:141-149.

 

Hunt, J. L., and T. L. Best.  2010.  Vegetative characteristics of active and abandoned leks of lesser prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) in southeastern New Mexico.  The Southwestern Naturalist, 55:477-487.

 

Hunt, J. L., J. E. Morris, and T. L. Best.  2004.  Nyctomys sumichrasti Mammalian Species, 754:1-6.

 

Smith, K. G., and J. L. Hunt.  2004.  On the use of spleen mass as a measure of avian immune system strength.  Oecologia, 138:28-31.

 

Hunt, J. L., L. A. McWilliams, T. L. Best, and K. G. Smith.  2003.  Eumops bonariensisMammalian Species, 733:1-5.

 

Best, T. L., K.E. Geluso, J. L. Hunt, and L. A. McWilliams.  2003.  The lesser prairie chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) in southeastern New Mexico:  a population survey.  The Texas Journal of Science, 55:225-234.

 

Best, T. L., J. L. Hunt, L. A. McWilliams, and K. G. Smith. 2002.  Eumops auripendulus.  Mammalian Species, 708:1-5.

 

McWilliams, L. A., T. L. Best, J. L. Hunt, and K. G. Smith. 2002.  Eumops dabbenei.  Mammalian Species, 707:1-3.

 

Hunt, J. L., and T. L. Best.  2001.  Foods of northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) in southeastern New Mexico.  Southwestern Naturalist, 46:239-243.

 

Hunt, J. L., and T. L. Best.  2001.  Foods of scaled quail (Callipepla squamata) in southeastern New Mexico.  The Texas Journal of Science, 32:147-156.

 

Best, T. L., J. L. Hunt, L. A. McWilliams, and K.G. Smith.  2001.  Eumops maurusMammalian Species, 667:1-3.

 

Best, T. L., J. L. Hunt, L. A. McWilliams, and K.G. Smith.  2001.  Eumops hansaeMammalian Species, 687:1-3.

 

Published Book Reviews:

 

Hunt, J. L.  In press.  Darwin’s dice:  the idea of chance in the thought of Charles Darwin, by Curtis Johnson (review).  Choice.

 

Hunt, J. L.  In press.  Evolution:  components and mechanisms, by David Zeigler (review).  Choice.

 

Hunt, J. L.  2014.  Apes and human evolution, by Russell H. Tuttle (review).  Choice, 52-0846.

 

Hunt, J. L.  2014The accidental species: misunderstandings of human evolution, by Henry Gee (review).  Choice, 51:4424.

 

Hunt, J. L.  2014Stephen J. Gould: the scientific legacy, edited by Gian Antonio Danieli, Alessandro Minelli, and Telmo Pievani (review).  Choice, 51:3832.

 

Hunt, J. L.  2013Evolutionary perspectives on pregnancy, by John C. Avise (review).  Choice, 50:6761. 

 

Hunt, J. L.  2013Physiological adaptations for breeding in birds, by Tony D. Williams (review).  Choice, 50:3268.

 

Hunt, J. L.  2012Cells to civilization:  the principles of change that shape life, by Enrico Coen (review).  Choice, 50:2052. 

 

Hunt, J. L.  2012.  Forerunners of mammals: radiation, histology, biology, edited by Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan (review).  Choice, 49:2090.

 

Hunt, J. L.  2012.  Winged sentinels:  birds and climate change, by Janice Wormworth and Cagan Sekercioglu (review).  Choice, 49:1292.

 

Hunt, J. L.  2011.  Mammals of Colorado, by David M. Armstrong, James P. Fitzgerald, and Carron A. Meaney (review).  Choice, 49:708.

 

Hunt, J. L.  2011.  Listed: dispatches from America’s Endangered Species Act, by Joe Roman (review).  Choice, 49:143. 

 

Hunt, J. L.  2011.  Nightjars of the world: potoos, frogmouths, oil-bird and owlet-nightjars, by Nigel Cleere (review).  Choice, 48:1318-1319.

 

Hunt, J. L.  2010.  Dogs: domestication and the development of a social bond, by Darcy F. Morey (review).  Choice, 48:532.

 

Hunt, J. L. 2010.  Recent mammals of Alaska, by S. O. MacDonald and Joseph A. Cook (review).  Choice, 47:1099.

 

Hunt, J. L.  2009.  Remarkable creatures: epic adventures in the search for the origins of species, by Sean B. Carroll (review).  Choice, 47:133.

 

Hunt, J. L.  2009.  The better to eat you with: fear in the animal world, by Joel Berger (review).  Choice, 46:1530.

 

Technical Reports:

           

Best, T. L., C. H. Kilgore, L. A. McWilliams, M. D. Gay, and J. L. Hunt.  2005.  Survey of vertebrates in the maritime forest, Gulf State Park, Baldwin County, Alabama.  Auburn, Alabama.  10 pp. 

 

Hunt, J. L., and T. L. Best.  2004.  Investigation into the decline of populations of the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Carlsbad Field Office, New Mexico:  final report.  Carlsbad, New Mexico.  365 pp.

 

Hunt, J. L., and T. L. Best.  2003.  Annual report:  investigation into the decline of populations of the lesser prairie chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Carlsbad Field Office.  Carlsbad, New Mexico.  102 pp.

 

Hunt, J. L., and T. L. Best.  2002.  Annual report:  investigation into the decline of populations of the lesser prairie chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Carlsbad Field Office.  Carlsbad, New Mexico.  90 pp.

 

Hunt, J. L., and T. L. Best.  2001.  Annual report:  investigation into the decline populations of the lesser prairie chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Carlsbad Field Office.  Carlsbad, New Mexico.  27 pp.

 

Manuscripts in Preparation:

 

Hunt, J. L., and T. L. Best.  A bibliography of the genus Tympanuchus.

 

Hunt, J. L., and T. L. Best.  Foods of mourning doves (Zenaida macroura) in southeastern New Mexico.

 

Hunt, J. L., and T. L. Best.  Overlap in diet and evidence for competition among three species of birds in southeastern New Mexico.

 

Hunt, J. L., and T. L. Best.  Factor analysis of variables involved in decline in populations of lesser prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) in southeastern New Mexico.

 

Grants Received:

 

2014.  University of Arkansas at Monticello Faculty Research Award.  Sexual dimorphism in the thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictodomys tridecemlineatus).  $1368.

 

2013.  University of Arkansas at Monticello Faculty Research Award.  Monitoring Rafinesque’s big-eared bats for toxin exposure.  $1,400.

 

2013.  University of Arkansas Centennial Opportunity Award.  Funding of Marine Biology/Ornithology trip to Gerace Research Station, Bahamas.  $4,250.

 

2012.  University of Arkansas at Monticello Faculty Research Award.  Validation of fecal hormone analysis techniques in bats.  $1,511. 

 

2012.  EPSCoR Fellowship Grant.  Survey of dung beetles associated with swamp rabbits.  $1,852.50.

 

2011.  University of Arkansas at Monticello Faculty Research Award.  Bobwhite migration and population trends in Sharp County, Arkansas.  $928.

 

2010.  University of Arkansas at Monticello Faculty Research Award.  Pocket gopher reproductive cycles and burrow inquilines in Arkansas and Louisiana.  $1,496.

 

2008.  University of Arkansas at Monticello Faculty Research Award.  Road-kill survey of mammalian diversity in southeastern Arkansas.  $2,000.

 

2007.  University of Arkansas at Monticello Faculty Research Award.  Preliminary survey of mammalian diversity in southeastern Arkansas.  $2,000.

 

2006.  University of Arkansas at Monticello Faculty Research Award.  Livestock road use and destruction of habitat of lesser  prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus).  $1,800.

 

2005.  University of Arkansas at Monticello Faculty Research Award.  (Co-investigator with Christopher G. Sims).  Conservation status of anhinga in Arkansas.  $2,150.

 

2001-2003.  Bureau of Land Management.  (Co-investigator with Troy L. Best).  Investigation into decline of lesser prairie chickens in New Mexico, $152,000.

 

Presentations:

 

Hunt, J. L.  Mammals of Arkansas Post National Historical Park.  Biodiversity Day, Arkansas Post National Historical Park, Arkansas, June 1, 2013.

 

Connior, M. B., D. C. Cagle, H. E. Peek, C. R. Ellington, and J. L. Hunt.  Reproductive cycle of Baird’s pocket gopher (Geomys breviceps) in northern Louisiana.  22nd Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern United States, Louisville, Mississippi, February 24, 2012.

 

Stewart, M. J., and J. L. Hunt.  Effects of Drosophila ribosomal protein s6 kinase on wing growth.  Arkansas Academy of Science, Magnolia, Arkansas, April 13, 2012.

 

Hunt, J. L, and T. L. Best.  Vegetative characteristics of active and abandoned leks of lesser prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) in southeastern New Mexico.  Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Stephenville, Texas.  April 21, 2007.

 

Hunt, J. L.  Effects of human activities on declines in populations of lesser prairie-chickens in southeastern New Mexico.  Invited presentation—Department of Forestry, University of Arkansas—Monticello, Arkansas, February 21, 2007.

 

Hunt, J. L., T. L. Best, L. A. McWilliams, D. M. Roemer, C. López-Gonzaléz, G. Vellagas-Guzmán, and H. Cuevos-Arellano.  Winter roost caves of Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicana) from Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico.  Eleventh Annual Colloquium on Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern United States.  Memphis, Tennessee.  February 23, 2001.  Won award for Best Student Presentation.

 

Hunt, J. L., and T. L. Best.  Overlap in diet and evidence for competition among three species of birds in southeastern New Mexico.     Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Denton, Texas.  April 22, 2000.

 

Hunt, J. L., T. L. Best, L. A. McWilliams, D. M. Roemer, C. López-Gonzaléz, L. Guabara-Chumacaro, and G. Vellagas-Guzmán.  Status of known winter roost caves of Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicana) from Carlsbad Caverns National Park.  Tenth Annual Colloquium on Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern United States, Guntersville, Alabama.  February 25, 2000.

 

Hunt, J. L., and T. L. Best.  Feeding habits of northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) in southeastern New Mexico.  Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.  April 23, 1999.

 

Honors Received:

 

2014—Named an Outstanding Faculty Advisor, University of Arkansas at Monticello.

 

2014—Winner, Hornaday Award for Outstanding Faculty, University of Arkansas at Monticello.

 

2013—Finalist, Teacher of the Year, Alpha Chi Academic Honor Socity, University of Arkansas at Monticello.

 

2012—Runner-up, Teacher of the Year, Alpha Chi Academic Honor Society, University of Arkansas at Monticello.

 

2011—Finalist, Teacher of the Year, Alpha Chi Academic Honor Society, University of Arkansas at Monticello.

 

2010—Runner-up, Teacher of the Year, Alpha Chi Academic Honor Society, University of Arkansas at Monticello.

 

2009—Runner-up, Teacher of the Year, Alpha Chi Academic Honor Society, University of Arkansas at Monticello.

 

2005—Faculty Rookie of the Year, Alpha Chi Academic Honor Society, University of Arkansas at Monticello. 

 

2002—Outstanding Doctoral Student, Auburn University.

 

2001—Best Student Presentation, Eleventh Annual Colloquium on Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern United States, Memphis, TN.

 

2000-2001—Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence, Auburn University.

 

1999—Presidential Fellowship, Auburn University.

 

1999—Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, Department of Zoology and Wildlife Science, Auburn University.

 

1996—Martha Couch Givens Award (Outstanding Senior in Biology), University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

 

1982, 1986, 1987—Management Achievement Award, Genuine Parts Company, Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

1981—Most Improved Management Award, Genuine Parts Company, Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

1977—Valedictorian, Paron High School, Paron, Arkansas.

 

Personal:

Married since 1989 to Sarah McDonald Hunt, a psychological examiner at the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center, Warren, AR.

 

References:

 

Dr. Edmund Bacon, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences (Emeritus), 397 University Drive, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, AR  71656.  870-460-1166.  bacon@uamont.edu

 

Dr. William Baltosser, Department of Biology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR  72204.  501-569-3521  whbaltosser@ualr.edu.

 

Dr. Troy Best, Department of Biological Sciences, 331 Funchess Hall, Auburn University, AL  36849.  334-844-9260.  besttro@auburn.edu.

 

Dr. J. Morris Bramlett, Dean, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, 397 University Drive, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, AR  71656.  870-460-1465.  bramlett@uamont.edu

 

Dr. Christopher G. Sims, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, 397 University Drive, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, AR 71656.  870-460-1664. simsc@uamont.edu

 

 

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