Dwight Moore

Dwight MooreI am an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.

My primary teaching responsibilities are Genetics (every semester), Nutrition (every semester) Research Design and Analysis (every fall), Freshman Seminar (every fall), and Natural History of Vertebrates (every spring). I feel that it is very important that biology students get extended field experience and that they get to travel to foreign countries. To this end, every other year, during the intersession between fall and spring semesters, I teach a 10-day course called Tropical Field Ecology in the Bahamas. 

getting into my costume as a juror in Inherit the WindOne of my current projects is exploring ways that material placed on the Internet can supplement the more traditional material for my classes. One of my goals is to incorporate interactive elements into the design of educational web pages. If you would like to see how this is working, click on any of the highlighted courses listed above, though Genetics gets most of my attention in this project. I have also worked with Edmée Fernández and Steve Hunsaker to created a page that provides verb conjugation drills for Spanish. This page is based upon the idea of creating electronic flashcards for grammar and vocabulary drills. While I have not updated these pages in awhile, the verb conjugation have not changed either.

My research interests are in the fields of systematics and ecology. My students and I have conducted research on chromosomal variation in small mammals, on genic variation in mammals, fish, and mussels, and morphologic variation in mammals, and the ecology of mammals, birds and reptiles. Students who have completed masters projects under my direction are listed below. Current graduate projects include 1) the efficacy of mechanical decoys during duck hunting, 2) analysis of a contact zone between two species of shrews, and 3) the effect of habitat quality on the community structure of butterfly populations.  The Department of Biological Sciences has a strong graduate program that involves our students in the writing of grants, presenting of papers at scientific meetings, and the publishing of their results.

In addition to my other duties, I  advise pre-medical student in biology and I am an advisor for first-year students in the Student Advising Center. I am a member of the National Academic Advising Association, the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, and I was Chair (1999-2000) of the Kansas Academic Advising Network.

My avocations are birdwatching, natural history of spiders, amateur radio, and sand collecting. I try not to forget the Spanish that I know and I am learning Morse code.  I am also on the Disaster Action Team for the Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

I can be contacted at 620-341-5611 (voice), 620-341-5607 (FAX) or dmoore@emporia.edu.    My current semester schedule

Some areas on the web that interest me.

in the field with vertebrate zoology class

  • The Home Page of Diana Neuman, my daughter
  • The WWW Virtual Library: Statistics
  • Emporia, KS
  • Habitat for Humanity International
  • The National Center for Adult Literacy


  • 1972. B.S., Chemistry. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
  • 1977. B.S., Biology. University of Arkansas, Little Rock.
  • 1983. M.S., Vertebrate Zoology. University of Memphis.
  • 1986. Ph.D., Biology, mammalian systematics. University of New Mexico.

    Major Advisor to the Following Masters Students

  • Mr. James F. Bruce. 1988. Genetic variation of the Topeka shiner, Notropis topeka, (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) in Kansas.
  • Mr. Jeffrey J. Rabe. 1989. Habitat preference of two subspecies of the eastern fence lizard (Sceloporus undulatus) in Kansas.
  • Dr. Jennifer K. Frey. 1989. Morphologic variation in the Mexican vole (Microtus mexicanus).
  • Ms. Carolyn S. Kliewer. 1989. Pericentric inversions as a reproductive isolating mechanism in white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus).
  • Mr. Bruce R. Rhodes. 1990. Distribution of two chromosomal races of Peromyscus leucopus in central Kansas.
  • Mr. Richard E. Miller. 1990. Effect of rock salt on populations of Lepomis in small stream habitats.
  • Mr. Darin R. Porter. 1991. Gut morphology and genetic variation as predictors of population vigor in the greater prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) in Kansas.
  • Mr. Christopher G. Vitt. 1991. Karyotypic analysis of short-tailed shrews (Blarina) in northeastern Kansas.
  • Dr. Elizabeth D. Wittenberg (Jorgenson). 1992. Home ranges of coyotes (Canis latrans) in the Flint Hills of Kansas and predation on pronghorn fawns.
  • Mr. Benjamin J. Frey. 1992. Fluctuating asymmetry in crayfish populations inhabiting lead and cadmium polluted aquatic systems.
  • Ms. Lisa Page Fredericks. 1994. Genetic variation in insular populations of the eastern woodrat (Neotoma floridana) in a forest-prairie mosaic.
  • Mr. William G. Welch. 1995. The effect of suburban sprawl on small mammal populations in wooded areas.
  • Mr. Jeffrey D. Walker. 1996. Pesticide flow and concentration variation through the McPherson Valley Wetlands.
  • Mr. Michael A. Craig. 1996. A comparison of three woodland habitats in east central Kansas.
  • Ms. Kristen J. Mitchell. 1997. Shorebird usage of a reclaimed wetand on the Central Great Plains.
  • Mr. Michael D. Warriner. 1997. Biogeographic patterns of passerines during the breeding season.
  • Mr. Ian M. Satomi. 1997. Water regimen in vegetated and unvegetated pools in relation to chironomid occurrence and abundance.
  • Mr. Marc A. Minear. 1999. Abiotic and biotic factors of borrow pits in Lyon Co., Kansas.
  • Mr. Matthew S. Peek. 2000. Attitudes and characteristics of Kansas trappers.
  • Ms. Shannon Fann. 2000. Phylogenetic relationships derived from neonatal development in Peromyscus maniculatus, Sigmodon hispidus, and Mus musculus.

    Some Publications

  • J. K. Frey and D. W. Moore. 1990. Status of Hayden's shrew (Sorex haydeni) in Kansas. Southwestern Naturalist, 35:84-86.

  • T. L. Yates and D. W. Moore. 1990. Speciation and evolution in the family Talpidae). Pp. 1-22 in Evolution of subterranean mammals at the organismal and molecular levels. (E. Nevo and O. Reig, eds.). Alan R. Liss, Inc., New York, 422 pp.

  • D. W. Moore and L. L. Janecek. 1990. Genic relationships among North American Microtus (Mammalia: Rodentia). Annals Carnegie Museum, 59:249-259.

  • J. K. Frey and D. W. Moore. 1990. Nongeographic variation in the Mexican vole (Microtus mexicanus). Transactions Kansas Academy Science, 93:97-109.

  • J. K. Frey and D. W. Moore. 1990. Range expansion of the meadow vole in Kansas. The Prairie Naturalist, 22:259-263.

  • J. R. Choate, D. W. Moore, and J. K. Frey. 1991. Dispersal of the meadow jumping mouse in northern Kansas. The Prairie Naturalist, 23:127-130

  • V. K. Ragsdale and D. W. Moore. 1992. Preparation of bone- stained mounts of whole animals. Kansas Science Teacher, 8(2):3- 5

  • S. Nixon and D. W. Moore. 1993. Kansas winter bird feeder survey. Kansas Science Teacher, 9(1,2):3-7

  • F. E. Durbian III, B. J. Frey, and D. W. Moore. 1994. Crayfish species from creeks and rivers of Cherokee County, Kansas. Transactions Kansas Academy of Science, 97:13-17

  • M. A. Lozano, V. O. Monroy, D. Moore, P. A. Caballero, H. L. Lezcano, C. L. Diez, K. Masanori, V. Marquínez, M. Gómez, M. Ponce, G. Guerra, E. Pittí, A. Batista, C. Castillo, Á. Samudio, E. Atencio, Y. Atencio, V. Quintero, J. Jurado, A. Lee, T. Araúz, G. Vargas, K. Sicilia, E. Barrios, A. Núñez, R. González, D. González. 2002. Diversidad de Mamíferos en el Parque Nacional Volcán Barú, El Respingo, Chiriquí, Panamá. Julio, 2002. Natura, 10:99-104