A Little About Myself.
Hi! My name is Brittany McCall and I want to thank you for taking the time to visit my site. I am an environmental sciences Ph.D. candidate at Arkansas State University (AState) in the Fluker Lab working with Dr. Brook Fluker. My work involves understanding how climate change is affecting freshwater fish diversity of headwater systems.
I joined the AState community in 2015 for my M.S. and decided to stay and continue my scholarship through the Ph.D. program in 2017. My M.S. work contributed data to the conservation assessment of two Arkansas endemic fishes that were petitioned for candidacy for federal listing on the Endangered Species Act. I am happy to share that my research, among others, on the Caddo Madtom aided the Center for Biological Diversity's decision to remove the Caddo Madtom from the petition!! My Ph.D. project assesses the potential use of madtom catfishes as management umbrella species for headwater ecosystems in the southeastern U.S. Think of them as the yellow canaries of headwater streams.
I am currently off campus, completing a teaching fellowship with Augustana College as a Diversity Fellow. During my graduate career, I learned that I have a passion for mentoring and teaching and sought opportunities to learn how to become an effective instructor and mentor. I am interested in pursuing an academic career where I can balance furthering my skills in student-centered education while building a research lab for young scientists to contribute to conservation of biodiversity.
Outside of research I enjoy fishing, hiking...well all things outdoors really, especially when the time is spent with my partner and four beautiful furbabies. I hope you enjoy my page, and do not hesitate to reach out with any comments or questions.