Dr Mary Alkins-Koo

Senior Lecturer in Zoology

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Dr Mary Alkins-Koo
Contact Information

Department of Life Sciences
The University of The West Indies
St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Natural Sciences Building, New Wing, Room 218

Tel: UWI ext 83094
Fax: 1(868) 663-5241

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Educational Background
  • Ph.D. (Zoology) U.W.I., St Augustine, 1988.
  • M.Sc. (Conservation) University College London, 1977.
  • B.Sc. (First Class Honours) U.W.I., St Augustine, 1975.
Public Service
  • 1997-2004: Member, Board of Management of the Asa Wright Nature Centre.
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Programme in Environment and Resource Education (IERE), The Cropper Foundation.
Graduate Students
  • Sharda Surujdeo-Maharaj (Ph.D.) - Heavy metals in rivers of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Sarsha Lall-Soobrattee (M.Phil.) - Aquatic macroinvertebrate fauna of Nariva Swamp.
Current Research Projects
  • Ecological assessment and monitoring of rivers of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Patterns of distribution of benthic macroinvertebrates in Northern Range rivers.
  • Preparation of identification keys for the freshwater invertebrates of Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Historical background and bibliography of research conducted at the William Beebe Tropical Research Station (Simla), Arima Valley, Trinidad.
  • Development of case studies for teaching environmental science at secondary and tertiary levels.
Selected Publications
  • Turner, D., D.D. Williams & M. Alkins-Koo. 2008. Longitudinal changes in benthic community composition in four neotropical streams. Caribbean Journal of Science 44(3): 380-394.
  • Rostant, L.V., M. Alkins-Koo & D. P. Maitland. 2008. Growth and maturity in the manicou crab Eudaniela garmani (Brachyura, Pseudothelphusidae) from Trinidad, West Indies. Journal of Crustacean Biology 28(3): 485-493.
  • Alkins-Koo, M. 2000 Reproductive timing of fishes in a tropical intermittent stream. Environmental Biology of Fishes 57: 49-66.
  • Botosaneanu, L. & M. Alkins-Koo. 1993. The Caddis Flies (Insecta: Trichoptera) of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. Bulletin de L'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Entomologie 63: 5-45.
  • Gilliam, J.F., D.F. Fraser & M. Alkins-Koo. 1993. Structure of a tropical fish community: a role for biotic interactions. Ecology 74(6): 1856-1870.
  • Nieser, N. & M. Alkins-Koo. 1991. The Water Bugs of Trinidad & Tobago. Occasional Paper 9, Zoology Department, U.W.I., St Augustine, 127pp.

Revised: 16 December 2014