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Faculty & Staff

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Dr. Daniel Gleason, Director and Professor

Office: Math/Physics, 3056
Dr. Gleason is the Director of ICPS and Professor of Biology at Georgia Southern University.  He received his BS degree in Biology from Furman University, and his MS and PhD from the University of Houston.  His temperate work has been conducted in and around Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and is directed toward gaining a better understanding of the ecology of the sessile invertebrate fauna (e.g./ corals, sponges, sea squirts) that dominate the hard-bottom reefs. You can visit his research lab website at

 Lorenza Beati, PhD, MD
Lorenza Beati, Professor & Curator for the US National Tick Collection

Office: Math/Physics, 3058B
Dr. Beati’s main interests include evolution, phylogeny, phylogeography and population genetics of ticks and other arthropod vectors.  She studies tick diversity based on both morphological and molecular aspects.  You can visit her website at

 Dmitry Apanaskevich
Dmitry Apanaskevich, Associate Professor & Assistant Curator for the US National Tick Collection

Office: Math/Physics, 3057
Dr. Apanaskevich received his PhD from the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences in Parasitology/Tick Taxonomy.  His major research interests include taxonomy ofixodid ticks, phylogeny of ixodid ticks, and host-parasite relationships of ixodid ticks.  Other areas of interests/activities are maintaining the US National Tick Collection (USNTC), re-identification of tick specimens already presented in the USNTC with special emphasis to most taxonomically difficult groups of ticks, and identification of newly received tick collections.  You can visit his website at

Melissa Gast-Goodman, Administrative Coordinator

Natural Sciences, 1104
Melissa received both her Bachelor’s and her Master’s degrees from Georgia Southern University. She has been employed at Georgia Southern for nearly ten years. As the Academic Coordinator for the ICPS, she is responsible for the daily operations within the institute’s main office, as well as event planning and special projects.

Last updated: 3/9/2022