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College of the Sciences

Dr. Lucy Bottcher


Lucy Bottcher, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Science Building, Room 236J
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA  98926





Ph.D.:  1997
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona
Area of study: Ecomorphology/Animal Behavior
M.S.:  1992
Central Washington University
Ellensburg, Washington
Area of study:  Biology

Secondary Teaching Credential:  1984
California State University
Sacramento, California
Area of study:  Teaching secondary life sciences
B.S.: 1980
University of California Davis
Davis, California
Area of study:  Zoology



Senior Full-Time Non-Tenure Track faculty member.
  Have taught Introductory Biology (101 and 110), Ecology (302 and 360), 
  Evolution (300), Animal Biology (112) and Tropical Ecology (377).

I’m interested in amphibians, particularly those of the tropical rainforest.  And although I am no longer participating in an active research program, over the years I have become interested in the management and preservation of tropical rainforests.  As part of this interest, I teach a course in tropical rainforest ecology. This course culminates in a two-week trip to the Tahuayo-Tamshiyacu Reserve in Northern Peru.  This is one of the most remote and biodiverse rainforests of the Amazon, and it is managed in a unique and effective way in which local indigenous people are part of the management program.  During this trip, students canoe and hike through several rainforest ecosystems to view and study tropical plant and animal species. They also gain valuable field experience collecting data for ongoing studies at the Tahuayo Research Station, and they have opportunities to visit local villages, and interact with the native Riberenos.

Past Research Publications

Gray, L. A. 1997.  Age determination and age at completion of metamorphosis of the tailed frog, Ascaphus truei.  Northwest Scientific Association 65:27.

Gray, L. A. 1993. Larval growth and age at completion of metamorphosis in the tailed frog Ascaphus truei.  Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 28:23.

Gray, L. A. and K. C. Nishikawa. 1993. Feeding kinematics of phyllomedusine tree frogs.  American Zoologist  33:76A.

Gray, L. A. and K. C. Nishikawa. 1994. Feeding kinematics of phyllomedusine tree frogs. Arizona- Nevada Academy of Science 29:14.

Gray, L. A.  1995.  Relationships between morphology and ecology in anurans.  Research Exposition.  Northern Arizona University.

Gray, L. A. and A. S. Rand.  1997.  A daybreak chorus in the frog, Agalychnis callidryas.  Amer. Soc. of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. 1997: 149.

Nishikawa, K. C. and L. A. Gray.  1997.  Evolution of prey capture behavior in anurans.  Amer. Soc. of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.  1997:226.

Gray, L. A., and K. C. Nishikawa.  1995.  The evolution of patterns of forelimb use during prey capture in anurans.  Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 30:11.

Gray, L. A., J. C. O'Reilly, and K. C. Nishikawa.  1995.  The evolution of patterns of forelimb use for feeding in anurans. Soc. for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.  38:81.

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