Faculty Profile

Dr. Margaret (Betsy) Cochran

Ph.D., Ecology; The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; 1986
Office: 142 Morrison Hall
Telephone: 318-357-4575
Email: cochran@nsula.edu

Biography

Betsy Cochran builds mathematical models of plant and animal populations to understand their long-term demographic dynamics. She is the author of a software package for demographers that computes both basic and advanced parameters for stage-classified matrix population models.

Dr. Cochran conducted research at the University of California at Davis, the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the University of Georgia, where she was Project Manager of the National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Research group at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. She also taught mathematics at UC Davis.

She serves as the Coordinator of Undergraduate Research for NSU, chair of the Research Council, and represents NSU on the University of Louisiana System's Undergraduate Research Council. She was recognized by NSU for Faculty Excellence in Teaching (2013), Faculty Excellence in Academic Advising (2009), and Recognized Student Organization Advisor of the Year (2008). In 2007 she was named National Advisor of the Year for Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority and currently serves as a member of the sorority's leadership team. She is also a member of the Board of the Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve.

Dr. Cochran teaches a variety of courses for the College, including Ecology, Statistics, Sociobiology, and a writing course on the Modern Synthesis. She has directed 82 undergraduate theses and served as second reader for 34 more. She also teaches Statistics and Research Methods in the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology, where she has directed 4 Master's theses and 11 papers-in-lieu of thesis.


Office Hours

Fall 2020: MWF: 8:00-9:00 am; MW: 11:00 am-12:30 pm; M 2:30-4:00 pm (WebEx only); T: 5:00-7:00 pm (WebEx only); W: 2:00-2:30 pm.

WebEx personal room:  https://nsula.webex.com/meet/cochran

Course Information

Course Title Location Time
PSYC.5100.01N PSYC RESEARCH:STATISTICS Natchitoches
Morrison Hall 146
08/17/20-12/18/20
R 02:00 PM-04:50 PM
PSYC.5950.04N PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH Natchitoches
Bienvenu Hall 338
08/17/20-12/18/20
F 02:00 PM-04:50 PM
SCRT.181W.16N CRITCL READING, CRITCL WRITING Natchitoches
Morrison Hall 146
08/17/20-12/18/20
MWF 09:00 AM-09:50 AM
SECL.1910.01N HONORS ECOLOGY I Natchitoches
Morrison Hall 146
08/17/20-12/18/20
MW 12:30 PM-01:45 PM
SECL.1911.01N HONORS ECOLOGY LAB I Natchitoches
John S Kyser Hall 139
08/17/20-12/18/20
R 08:00 AM-10:50 AM
SHPS.2000.02N SEMINAR HISTORY/PHIL OF SCIENC Natchitoches
Morrison Hall 146
08/17/20-12/18/20
MWF 09:00 AM-09:50 AM
SHUM.480T.06N THESIS RESEARCH-HUMANITIES Natchitoches
Morrison Hall 222
08/17/20-12/18/20
S 01:00 PM-03:00 PM
SLSC.4900.01N LIBERAL ARTS IN PRACTICE Natchitoches
Morrison Hall 146
08/17/20-12/18/20
R 11:00 AM-11:50 AM
SMAT.2000.01N APPLIED CALCULUS HONORS Natchitoches
Morrison Hall 146
08/17/20-12/18/20
MWF 10:00 AM-10:50 AM
SOR.1010.02N SCHOLARS' COLLEGE ORIENT Natchitoches
Morrison Hall 146
08/17/20-12/18/20
R 12:30 PM-01:20 PM
SSCI.480T.01N THESIS RESEARCH-SCIENCE Natchitoches
Morrison Hall 223
08/17/20-12/18/20
S 09:00 AM-11:00 AM