Matthew Troia, Ph.D.
Areas of Specialization
Ph.D. in Biology; Kansas State University
M.S. in Biology; University of Texas at Tyler
B.S. in Biology; University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and earned a BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I then attended graduate school, earning an MS in Biology at the University of Texas at Tyler and a PhD in Biology from Kansas State University. Following graduate school, I completed postdoctoral training at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, and held an Assistant Professor position at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.
At UTSA, I teach courses in Ichthyology, fish ecology, and open-source data applications in ecology. I also mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research.
My broad research interests seek to understand why species—particularly freshwater fishes—occur where they do. Collaborators and I integrate a variety of research approaches including field studies, laboratory experiments, and computational techniques. The broad aim of this research are to identify species that are vulnerable to anthropogenic environmental change and inform conservation practice.
Current and upcoming projects include:
- Monitoring and mapping invasive crayfish in the lower Colorado River basin (Arizona and New Mexico)
- Characterizing population structure and microhabitat use of black basses in the recently-restored Mission Reach of the San Antonio River
- Field-based temperature monitoring in spring-influenced streams of the Edwards Plateau paired with laboratory thermal tolerance assays of several imperiled fishes that are endemic to the Edwards Plateau
I am also interested in exploring environmental management and public education approaches to improve conservation of freshwater biodiversity.