Texas Tech University

Krista Mougey, Ph.D.

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I grew up in rural Montana, where I acquired a love of nature and a fascination with wildlife science at a very young age. My research interests include conservation biology--with special regard to human impact analysis, endangered species ecology, ecophysiology, and the abundance and spatial distribution of species.  I have experience with a variety of taxa, but in recent years I have primarily used reptilian model systems.  I received a B.S. in wildlife biology and a B.A. in environmental studies from the University of Montana, and then moved to Lubbock to pursue my passion for herpetology.  I earned my M.S. in Natural Resources Management in 2009 studying the encumbrance-related impacts of radio telemetry use on Texas Horned Lizards and other small reptiles.  While at Tech, I also began working extensively with West Indian herpetofauna. I am currently studying the natural history and ecology of the critically endangered Stout Rock Iguana in the British Virgin Islands and evaluating spatial ecology and territoriality of the endangered Blue Iguana on Grand Cayman.