Dr. Troy Ladine

Professor of Biology

troy_ladine_photo.jpgI have been at ETBU since August 2001.  During my tenure at ETBU, I have taught General Ecology, Environmental Issues, Population Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and General Biology.  Prior to ETBU, I worked for Phillips 66 Petroleum Company in the geochemical section of their research facility, South Platte Natural Resources District where I wrote the technical portion of their groundwater management plan, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Agency.  For the past 11 years, I have conducted research on the habitat use of small mammals at the ETBU Environmental Studies area. If you would like to learn more about my research, please visit my Research Summary web page.  I am a member of Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview where I teach a pre-teen boys small group and volunteer in the sound booth for the pre-teen ministry.

Biology is the study of the living world created by God.  Therefore, the material in my courses is a presentation toward a greater understanding of God.  Additionally, I feel that we are one with the Earth and dependent on the physical world for our well being.  The study of the physical world will bring us closer to God and provide us with a better understanding our place in God’s creation.  Because of these beliefs, my favorite Bible verses are about the earth and our place in it.

One of my favorite Bible verses is Genesis 2:7 because it reminds me that we should consider ourselves one with the Earth and that we are dependent on the physical world for our well being.  This requires us to place much importance on the study of the physical world because it is a part of God’s creation, and learning more about the physical world will bring us closer to God.

"The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being."  Genesis 2:7

Education/Degrees/Years of attainment:

  • PhD in Biology (1995)
    University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • M.A. in Biology (1984)
    The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 
  • B.S. in Biology (1980)
    Bartlesville Wesleyan College, Bartlesville, OK  

Teaching Experience:

  • Professor, East Texas Baptist University (2001 - Present)
  • Assistant Professor, Dana College (2000-2001)
  • Assistant Professor, Bethel College (1997-2000)

 Recent Scholarly Activity (Presentations, Publications, etc.):

  • Associate editor for the Southwestern Naturalist (2008-present)
  • Munoz, A. 2005. "Littorina irrorata" (on-line), Animal Diversity Web.
  • Associate editor of the Interpretive Birding Bulletin (2003-2005)
  • reviewer: Southwestern Naturalist; Journal of Wildlife Management; Ecology; Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science; Canadian Journal of Zoology
  • Quarterly Review of Biology - reviewed the book Raccoons: A Natural History by Samuel Zeveloff
  • Pressley, C. and T. A. Ladine. A Comparison of the Woody Vegetation in Adjacent Upland
    and Riparian Areas Inhabited by Beaver (Castor canadensis). Accepted in Texas Journal of Science
  • Vecchio, E. H., B. D. Carver, J. R. Hisey, T. A. Ladine, and M. L. Kennedy, in press. Spatial and temporal variation in sex bias response of raccoons, Procyon lotor, to live traps. J. Tenn. Acad. Sci..
  • Ladine, T. A.  and A. Munoz. 2010.  Microhabitat use of Blarina carolinensis (southern short-tailed shrew) in east Texas.  Texas Journal of Science. 62: 287-296.
  • Ladine, T. A. and A. Munoz. 2010.  Food Habits of the Southern Short-Tailed Shrew (Blarina carolinensis) in East Texas.  Texas Journal of Science. 62:153-157.
  • Ladine, T. A.  2009.  Attitudes of Students at a Private Christian Liberal-Arts University Toward the Teaching of Evolution.  Evolution: Education and Outreach.  2:386-392.

 Professional Memberships:

  • Texas Academy of Science
  • Texas Society of Mammalogists
  • Southwestern Association of Naturalists
  • Union of Concerned Scientists 

 Supervisor for Honors' Projects at ETBU:

  • Michelle Ray:  Road Mortality of Meso-carnivores and the Relationship to Evolution: Natural Selection or Genetic Drift?
  • Lya Swanner:  Metabolic water requirements of the genus Peromyscus
  • Melodie McTaggart:  Review of the role of pigment epithelial derived factor in metastatic prostate cancer
  • Cullen Pressley:   A Comparison of the Woody Vegetation in Adjacent Upland and Riparian Areas Inhabited by Beaver
         (Castor canadensis)
  • Laura Corley: On Quantum Mechanics and Free-Will  
  • Lynn Wartburg: Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant: Social and Environmental Consequences in East Texas

Contact Me:

(903) 923-2249