COSM

Faculty

Statesboro Campus

Dmitry Apanaskevich (PhD, Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, 2004)
Systematics of ticks

Craig Aumack (PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2010)
Phycology; chemical ecology; sea ice; polar communities

Lorenza Beati (PhD, Université de Lausanne, 1987)
Systematics and molecular evolution of arthropods involved in disease transmission

Christine Bedore (PhD, Florida Atlantic University, 2013)
Sensory ecology; elasmobranchs; cephalopods; vision; electroreception

G. Denise Carroll (PhD, University of Georgia, 2009)
Impacts of land use on aquatic ecosystems; science education

John Carroll (PhD, Stony Brook University, 2012)
Benthic ecology; shellfish restoration and restoration ecology; trophic interactions; invasive species

Michelle Cawthorn (PhD, Bowling Green State University, 1989)
Biology education; population and community ecology of small mammals

C. Ray Chandler (PhD, Bowling Green State University, 1989)
Ecology; behavior; conservation of birds and other terrestrial vertebrates

Wasimul Chowdhury (PhD, Osaka University, 1996)
Biosynthesis of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biodegradable polymers

Risa Cohen (PhD, University of California, 2003)
Wetland and coastal ecology; restoration and conservation of aquatic communities

J. Checo Colon-Gaud (PhD, Southern Illinois University, 2008)
Freshwater ecology; particularly food web dynamics

Christian Cox (PhD, University of Texas-Arlington, 2012)
Comparative physiology; physiological ecology; evolutionary biology; population genetics; phylogenetics and phylogeography

Christopher Cutler (PhD, University of St. Andrews, 1990)
Molecular physiology; ion; water transport; osmoregulation in fish

Andrew Diamanduros (MPH, Columbia University, 1991)

Lance Durden (PhD, University of London, 1981)
Systematics and ecology of ectoparasites of vertebrates; vector-borne diseases

Quentin Fang (PhD, Kansas State University, 1993)
Evolutionary genetics; tick molecular biology; phylogenetic analysis

Joe Figel (PhD, University of Central Florida, 2017)
Wildlife biology; tropical ecology; agroecology

Sophie George (PhD, University of Paris, 1990)
Marine invertebrate ecology; ecology of echinoderms

Joshua Gibson (PhD, Arizona State University, 2013)
Evolutionary genomics of insects; energy metabolism in hybrids; speciation genetics

Daniel Gleason (PhD, University of Houston, 1992)
Marine invertebrate ecology and physiology; coral reef ecology

Stephen Greiman (PhD, University of North Dakota, 2015)
Parasitology; parasitic flatworm taxonomy and systematics; bacterial symbiont diversity; evolution and transmission biology; microbiomes

J. Scott Harrison (PhD, Texas A&M University, 2001)
Ecological and evolutionary genetics of marine invertebrates; speciation and the genetic basis of reduced fitness in hybrids

Alan Harvey (PhD, University of Arizona, 1988)
Evolution; ecology; behavior of diverse systems such as plant-arthropod protective mutualisms; larval tiger beetles; hermit crabs

William Irby (PhD, North Carolina State University, 1987)
Arthropod vector-host-pathogen interactions; blood digestion in mosquitos

Dongyu Jia (PhD, Florida State University, 2015)
Developmental biology; cellular and molecular biology; cancer biology; signaling pathway; fruit fly; disease models

Emily Kane (PhD, University of California, Riverside, 2014)
Biomechanics; complex phenotypes; ecology and evolution

Lissa Leege (PhD, Michigan State University, 1997)
Plant population and community ecology; rare plant and invasion ecology; plant-herbivore interactions

Johanne Lewis (PhD, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2008)
Comparative physiology; physiological adaptations to extreme or fluctuating environments

Loren Mathews (PhD, University of Florida, 2013)
Aquatic ecology; water quality; phytoplankton community dynamics

Lance McBrayer (PhD, Ohio University, 2002)
Functional morphology; behavioral ecology; evolution of amphibians and reptiles

Edward Mondor (PhD, Simon Fraser University, 2001)
Insect behavior; ecology; evolution in response to novel abiotic and biotic conditions

Christina Ndaluka (PhD, Colorado State University, 2011)
Zoonotic diseases

Laura Regassa (PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1993)
Bacteriology and molecular biology; molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis; molecular systematics; biology education research

James Roberts (PhD, Virginia Tech, 2012)
Freshwater fish ecology and conservation; vertebrate population dynamics; landscape genetics; fisheries science; conservation planning

David Rostal (PhD, Texas A&M University, 1991)
Reproductive biology; ecology; conservation of reptiles and amphibians

Subhrajit Saha (PhD, University of Florida, 2008)
Agroecology; agroforestry; international agriculture

Elizabeth Sargent (PhD, University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, 2014)
Biogeochemistry; phytoplankton ecophysiology; algal ecology

John Schenk (PhD, Washington State University, 2009)
Plant systematics

Kerrie Sendall (PhD, University of Minnesota / Macquarie University, 2012)
Forest ecology; plant ecophysiology

Vinoth Sittaramane (PhD, University Missouri Columbia, 2008)
Developmental neurobiology; neuronal migration; unconventional myosins; environmental and developmental toxicology using zebrafish

Lauren Stefaniak (PhD, University of Connecticut, 2012)
Benthic invertebrate ecology; reef ecology and biology; invasive species biology; ascidian taxonomy; molecular taxonomy

Lace Svec (PhD, Michigan State University, 2009)
Behavioral neurobiology; neuroendocrinology in zebra finches

Stephen Vives (PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1988)
Behavior; ecology; conservation of fishes

Tiehang Wu (PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 2002)
Molecular microbial ecology; soil ecology; mycorrhizas

Armstrong Campus

Sara Beall (MS, Georgia Southern University, 2011)

Brigette Brinton (MS, Marine Sciences – Savannah State University, 2014)
Marine biology; animal behavior; parasitology; sustainability

Jennifer Brofft Bailey (PhD, Microbiology – University of Georgia, 2002)
Microbes that pose risk to loggerhead sea turtle embryos; N2-fixing microbial communities associated with dune plants; ammonia-oxidizing and bacterial communities associated with fire ant mounds; blue crab-parasite interactions

Amanda Burns (MS, Georgia Southern University, 2016)

Sherri Cannon (MS, Biology – Georgia Southern University, 2010)
Med-vet entomology; microbiology

Alex Collier (PhD, Kent State University, 2001)
Influence of predation stress on larval development; developmental plasticity of amphibians

Kathryn Craven (PhD, Texas A & M University, 2001)
Sea turtle biology; vertebrate reproductive physiology; diamondback terrapins; marine biology; conservation of endangered/protected species

Michele Cutwa (MS, Marine Biology – Florida Institute of Technology, 1997)

Sue Ellen DeChenne-Peters (PhD, Science Education – Oregon State University, 2010)
Course-Based undergraduate research experiences; teaching in biology classrooms; development of science process skills

Geneva DeMars (PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – University of Georgia, 2010)
Human reproductive endocrinology; GPCR’s and G proteins; membrane biology

Karen Evans (PhD, Education (Cognitive Studies) – University of Pittsburgh, 2007)
Cognition in science; assessment; instructional design; online learning

Austin Francis (PhD, Biology – Florida Institute of Technology, 2002)
Functional and ecological morphology of fishes; vertebrate form and function; flatfish biology

Sara Gremillion (PhD, Plant Pathology – University of Georgia , 2007)
Cellular components required for normal growth and development of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans; mycology

Michele Guidone (PhD, Biological Science – University of Rhode Island, 2012)
Marine and freshwater ecology; phycology; eutrophication; invasive species

Jay Hodgson (PhD, The University of Alabama, 2009)
Diatoms as ecological indicators; climate change; diatom paleolimnology; foraging ecology; niche ecology; environmental analogs

Starr Holland (PhD, Neurobiology – University of Rochester, 1991)
Neurotransplantation; brain; migraines

David Hooker (MS, State University of West Georgia, 1999)

Heather Joesting (PhD, Biology – Wake Forest University, 2011)
Leaf morphological and physiological adaptations of coastal plants to the abiotic environment; physiological plant ecology; response and recovery of barrier island plants after extreme storm events; creation of artificial sand dunes using native plant assemblages; sustainable food production through aquaponics

Brett Larson (PhD, Comparative Physiology – University of Oregon, 1983)
Fish caudal neurosecretory system; comparative endocrinology; neuroendocrinology; immunochemistry; physiology; protein purification and assay

Marylou Machingura (PhD, Plant Biology – Southern Illinois University, 2012)
CO2 concentrating mechanism in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii; drought tolerance in crop plants; cyanide assimilation in plants and plant food safety

Robert Mans (PhD, Neurobiology – University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2011)
Molecular mechanisms of learning and memory; effects of diet and sleep deprivation on mechanisms of neurodegeneration and cognition; synaptic physiology; neurodegenerative disease; science education

Scott C. Mateer (PhD, Division of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 1998)
Regulation of actin polymerization and cell motility by the cellular protein, IQGAP 1; regulation of the activity of Protein Phosphatase 2A by the viral protein, SV40 Small T Antigen

Aakash Mehta (MS, Biology, Long Island University, Post Campus, 2013)
Ecology of invasive plants; invasive plant-microbe interactions

Justin Montemarano (PhD, Aquatic Ecology – Kent State University, 2013)
Ecology of streams and wetlands; tropical biology; abiotic and biotic controllers of decomposition dynamics in streams and wetland systems; crayfish effects in detrital processing in streams

Traci Ness (PhD, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology – University of Florida, 2001)
Innate immunology including cytokines and their receptors, toll-like receptors (TLRs) and other pattern recognition receptors, and macrophage phagocytosis and killing; bacterial and viral pathogenesis; mechanisms of immune evasion by pathogens; macrophage responses to pathogens

Aaron Schrey (PhD, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2007)
Population genetics; conservation genetics; molecular ecology; ecological epigenetics

Debbie Tucker (MD, Medical College of Georgia, 1984)

Gail Wynn (PhD, Louisiana State University, 1968)
Structure and function of aphid cornicles; wing production in aphids; chemistry of stingray pericardial and perivisceral fluids; salt glands in marine vertebrates

Jennifer Zettler (PhD, Zoology – Clemson University, 2002)
Insect-plant interactions; ecological effects of invasive species (red imported fire ant)

Liberty Campus

Starr Holland (PhD, Neurobiology – University of Rochester, 1991)
Neurotransplantation; brain; migraines

Aakash Mehta (MS, Biology, Long Island University, Post Campus, 2013)
Ecology of invasive plants; invasive plant-microbe interactions

Natalie Schrey (MS, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2003)
Molecular ecology of insects of economic importance; sea turtle conservation

Last updated: 8/10/2018

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY • P.O. Box 8042-1 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5487