Kathryn   E.  Perez

Assistant Professor  

Office: ESCNE 3.142
Phone: (956) 665-7145
Email: kathryn.perez@utrgv.edu
Website: http://northamericanlandsnails.com/

Dr. Kathryn E. Perez

Dr. Perez studies snails and students. She studies snails to understand their diversity, ecology, and evolutionary relationships and student understanding of evolution concepts.





Selected Publications


  • Kathryn Perez. Status assessments and revision of the Species of Greatest Conservation Need List for Texas Terrestrial Gastropods. January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2019.

  • Kathryn Perez and Marco Martinez Cruz. What is the common, abundant Oxyloma species along the Potomac River? George Washington Memorial Parkway, Report to the National Park Service. July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2018.

  • Kathryn Perez and T King-Heiden. "Geometric morphometrics as a tool to evaluate teratogenic effects in zebrafish (Danio rerio). ," Teratogenicity Testing: Methods and Protocols in the Methods of Molecular Biology Series. Springer: Nature, 1797, May 2018.

  • Kathryn Perez, Briante Najev, Benjamin Hutchins, and Jeff Nekola. "LAND SNAIL SURVEY OF THE SABAL PALM SANCTUARY, RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS, USA.," Honolulu, Hawaii: The Tentacle: Newsletter of the Mollusc Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2018.

  • Rebecca Price and Kathryn Perez. "(co-first authors) Many paths towards discovery: a module for teaching how science works," Journal of College Science Teaching 47, no. 3 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2018): 78-87.

  • Kevin Keith, Rio Stamler, Jennifer Randall, Kathryn Perez, and J. Andrew McDonald. "Ipomoea gilana: A New and Endemic Morning Glory (Ipomoeeae, Convolvulaceae) in the Gila National Forest, New Mexico ," Systematic Botany 42, no. 4 (December 2017): 974-978.

  • Russell Minton, Rochelle Beasley, Stacey Lance, and Kathryn Perez. "Development, characterization, and utility of 13 polymorphic microsatellite loci in Praticolella species from South Texas, USA," American Malacological Bulletin 35, no. 2 (November 2017): 158-162.

  • Kathryn Perez. Do urban yards serve as a refuge for native land snail species?. Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis, August 2017.

  • Kathryn Perez, Victoria Garcia Gamboa, Caitlyn Schneider, and Romi Burks. "Resaca supports range expansion of invasive apple snails (Pomacea maculata Perry, 1810; Caenogastropoda: Ampullariidae) to the Rio Grande Valley, Texas," Perez, K.E., V. Garcia Gamboa, C. M. Schneider, R. Burks. A. Checklist 13, no. 3 (June 2017): 1-9.

  • Kathryn Perez, Eli Ruiz, Marco Martinez Cruz, and Russell Minton. "A new species of south Texas scrubsnail, Praticolella (Von Martens, 1892) (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Polygyridae). ," The Nautilus 131, (March 2017): 67-75.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Benjamin Schwartz. Evaluating the conservation status of SGCN invertebrates in sensitive groundwater-dependent habitats., Texas Parks and Wildlife State Wildlife Grant Program., $390,194.00 (November 1, 2019 - November 1, 2022)

  • Kathryn Perez. A proposal to support pursuit of state and federal funding for DNA-based estimates of population size and gene flow in a group of federally listed snails, UTRGV College of Sciences, $10,859.00 (May 1, 2019 - November 30, 2021)

  • Dominique Alvear. Next generation sequencing of a population of an Endangered Texas Springsnail, Engaged Scholar Office - UTRGV, $2,000.00 (September 1, 2019 - August 30, 2020)

  • Kathryn Perez. Molecular Identification of Invasive Veronicellid Slugs, USDA, $64,172.00 (September 30, 2018 - December 29, 2019)

  • Dominique Alvear. Assembling a DNA Barcode library for Endangered Texas Pebblesnails: with a focus on the Domed Cavesnail, Engaged Scholar Office - UTRGV, $3,000.00 (September 1, 2018 - August 30, 2019)

  • Kathryn Perez. Status assessments and revision of the Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) List for Texan Terrestrial Gastropods (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Pulmonata). , Texas Parks and Wildlife State Wildlife Grant Program. , $148,957.00 (November 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018)

  • Kathryn Perez. What is the common, abundant Oxyloma species along the Potomac River? , George Washington Memorial Parkway, National Park Service, $19,700.00 (June 2016 - June 2018)

  • Kathryn Perez. Is there a new species of Praticolella in South Texas? , Faculty Research Council, $4,906.00 (December 15, 2014 - July 31, 2015)



Selected Presentations


  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez, Marika Dawkins, Maritza De La Trinidad, Lilia Garcia, Theresa Mata-Pistokache, Natasha Altema McNeely, Hilda Medrano, Cynthia Paccacerqua, Kathryn Perez, Mary Rocha, and Sonya Salinas. "Challenges and Recommendations to Improve Workplace Equity for Women of Color and Women at UTRGV," NSF INCLUDES Symposium for Advancing Latinas in STEM careers, UTRGV, NSF Includes, South Padre Island (May 2019)

  • Ben Hutchins, Aaron Swink, Ben Schwartz, Dominique Alvear, and Kathryn Perez. "DOCUMENTING RARE AQUATIC SNAILS (COCHLIOPIDAE, LITHOGLYPHIDAE & HYDROBIIDAE) FROM THE HYPORHEIC ZONE OF TEXAS STREAMS: A NEW HABITAT FOR POORLY KNOWN SPECIES," Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society Symposium, Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society, San Antonio (April 2019)

  • Alison Schofield, Ben Hutchins, Jeff Nekola, and Kathryn Perez. "Range extension of Ashmunella carlsbadensis, the Guadalupe Woodlandsnail and of its’ relationship with other Ashmunella," Engaged Scholar Symposium, UTRGV, Edinburg TX (April 2019)

  • Kathryn Perez. "Diversity and data gaps in West Texas Spring Snails," West Texas Snail Conservation Symposium, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Austin, Texas (March 2019)

  • Dominique Alvear, Pete Diaz, Randy Gibson, Ben Hutchins, and Kathryn Perez. "Determining the specific status of an unusual, phreatic, Texas cavesnail (Mollusca; Gastropoda; Hydrobiidae)," Texas Academy of Science, Texas Academy of Science, Brownwood, Texas (March 2019)

  • Alison Schofield, Ben Hutchins, Jeff Nekola, and Kathryn Perez. "Range extension of Ashmunella carlsbadensis, the Guadalupe Woodlandsnail and of its’ relationship with other Ashmunella," Texas Academy of Science, Texas Academy of Science, Brownwood, Texas (March 2019)

  • Jeff Nekola, Briante Najev, Alison Schofield, Ben Hutchins, and Kathryn Perez. "Updating the conservation status ranks for Texas land snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda)," Texas Academy of Science, Texas Academy of Science, Brownwood, Texas (March 2019)

  • Dominique Alvear, Pete Diaz, Randy Gibson, Ben Hutchins, Ben Schwartz, and Kathryn Perez. "Updating the known ranges of Texas’s endemic, freshwater cavesnails (Mollusca; Gastropoda; “Hydrobiidae”)," Texas Academy of Science, Texas Academy of Science, Brownwood, Texas (March 2019)

  • Jeff Nekola, Briante Najev, Alison Schofield, Ben Hutchins, and Kathryn Perez. "Updating the conservation status ranks for Texas land snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda)," Texas Conservation Symposium, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas (January 2019)

  • Amy Huang, Dominique Alvear, and Kathryn Perez. "Characterization and genetic sequencing of the Comal Pebblesnail (Mollusca: Gastropoda).," High Scholars Symposium, College of Science, UTRGV, Edinburg, TX (August 2018)

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