Lab Members


Principal Investigator

Kevin W. Conway Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Curator of Fishes

Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection

Texas A&M University

210 Nagle Hall, 2258 TAMUS

College Station, TX 77843

Office: 113 Heep Lab Building

Lab: 210a Heep Lab Building


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Tel: 979-845-2620

Current Undergraduate Students

Chris Hemingson

B.S. candidate

Chris is a senior undergraduate student in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. He is broadly interested in mechanisms for conservation and hopes to pursue his interests further in graduate school. He is currently compiling a photographic atlas to the early developmental stages of select species of minnows for his Undergraduate Honors thesis.

Current Graduate Students

Eric Tsakiris

Ph.D. student

Research Interests: Eric is interested in reproduction, host fish, and community ecology of freshwater mussels (Family Unionidae) in streams and rivers of Texas. Website:


Nick Bertrand

M.S. student

Research Interests: Nick’s research is focused on investigating the distribution of heterodonty across the Actinopterygii in order to provide a clearer picture of its evolutionary history.


Kole Kubicek

M.S. student

Research Interests: Kole is interested in the early development of fishes, particularly species that are raised commercially in Texas. His masters research is focused on early skeletal development in Sciaenops ocellatus and Cynoscion nebulosus.


Patricia Echo-Hawk

M.S. student

Research Interests: Patricia's research interests include the husbandry and propagation of  freshwater mussels in Texas and how environmental factors influence glochidia attachment and larval development. Email:

Previous Lab Members

Daemin Kim M.S.


Daemin graduated in 2013. His thesis research focused on the phylogeography of Rhinichthys cataractae (with emphasis on the Rio Grande draingae). Daemin is now back in South Korea and hopes to continue his graduate education at the doctoral level. Website:

Laci Jezisek B.S.


Laci conducted a short (but important!) research project on Psilorhynchus (published in Conway et al., 2013). Good luck Laci!

Macaulay D. White B.S.


Macaulay worked on everything from minnows to clingfishes in the lab but loved small cryptobenthic marine fishes. She is now a Masters student at Texas A&M Corpus Christi working on gobies with Dr. Frank Pezold. Good luck Macaulay!

The Rio Grande, facing south towards Mexico from FM170. Lab field trip November 2011.