Department: Natural SciencesPosition Description: Natural Resources Ecology and Conservation Office Hours: By appointmentPhone #: 806.720.7709bart.durham@LCU.EDU
Dr. Durham joined the LCU faculty in the spring of 2009. He is Assistant Professor and Program Director of the new 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. He and his wife Cassie and their two children Keeley and Landon attend South Plains Church of Christ.
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 the mechanisms behind the recent and ongoing decline of native streamfishes throughout the Great Plains Ecosystem; (2) 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; and (3) understanding the ecology of the harmful golden alga, particularly with respect to its relationship to salinity, nutrient availability, and competition with other algae. This research is being conducted in collaboration with faculty and students at LCU and a number of other institutions.