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Colleen VonEhr


  • B. S. Biology, University of North Texas

Colleen VonEhrI spent my early childhood frolicking in my forested backyard in New England. I climbed plenty of trees and terrified my babysitters by giving them boxes full of live caterpillars. During the warmer months, I was playing in the woods more often than anything else. Sadly, when I was almost ten, my family was relocated to the well-manicured lawns of north Texas, which had no forest to play in. While I began to spend a lot more time indoors, my love for nature remained.

Colleen VonEhrWhen I entered UNT for my Bachelors, I had a vague idea that I might want to focus my studies on Ecology. After taking Stream Ecology on a whim, the idea was confirmed. I haven’t established what I would like to research specifically for my Master’s thesis; however, I do know that I would like to take a very holistic approach to my studies. Rather than getting particularly enamored with a certain organism, I want my research to focus more on how communities, specifically benthic macroinvertebrate communities, work as a whole in relation to their ecosystem, and use the information gathered to develop more comprehensive conservation and restoration programs.



We are currently seeking student lab assistants to process biological field samples.

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Phone: 940-565-2981
Email: kennedy@unt.edu