Current Graduate Students


Graduate Student

Major Professor

Project Rationale and Description

David Arancibia

Arancibia, David

Dr. Calestani

Studying the reproductive biology of marine bivalves, specifically the sex reversal in adult animals when influenced by environmental stressors.

Eric Barber

Barber, Eric M.

Drs. Bielmyer and Waters

The aim of my research is to observe the alteration of toxic metal sensitivity of aquatic organisms in response to increased freshwater acidification caused by elevated carbon dioxide levels. 

Loren Binns

Binns, Loren A.

Dr. Elder

I'm currently researching a top minnow species, fundulus, to receive a better understanding of its population genetics.

Joshua Boston

Boston, Joshua

Dr. Waters

Alterations to biogeochemical processes and sediment transport by the invasive macrophyte, Hydrilla verticallata, in a large, shallow reservoir.

Courtney Briller Bryller, Courtney

Dr. Nienow

I'm currently researching phytoplankton ecology to get a better understanding of their community structure.

J Kameron Farrow

Farrow, J. Kameron

Dr. Elder


"Determination of the Elassoma species from population genetics".

Justin Hall

Hall, Justin

Dr. Bechler

To better understand what the turtle assemblage is at Lake Louise. 

Haney, William A.

Dr. Uyeno

Markus B  Lowery

Lowery, Markus

Dr. Reece

The Georgia Coastal Plains’ natural communities, to my knowledge, have not had a study that determines the vulnerability of these communities to climate change, sea-level rises and land use changes. This region in Georgia is a hotspot for agriculture and forestry and houses a diverse group of different communities. I plan on utilizing new assessment tools and expert opinion to construct an in depth vulnerability and value assessment which can be used to develop adequate updated conservation plans.

Merritt, Katie


Brittany Mixon

Mixon, Brittany

Dr. Lockhart

The purpose of this study is to monitor gopher tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus, movement throughout active colonies at Moody Air Force Base main base and bombing range and to determine different factors affecting movement patterns within the current population.  The objectives of this study are 1) to determine any nocturnal movement exhibited by gopher tortoises, 2) assess whether male tortoises exhibit more inter-burrow movement than females, 3) to determine any overnight and overwinter burrow sharing exhibited by tortoises, 4) compare inter-burrow movement during the breeding season (May-October) with movement during the winter months, 5) assess the effects of precipitation levels on movement patterns, and 6) to determine if gopher tortoise movement is affected by military bombing activity.  We hypothesize that 1) Gopherus polyphemus will occupy more than one burrow, 2) Gopherus polyphemus will enter burrows currently occupied by another tortoise, and 3) gopher tortoise movement will decrease during active bombing hours.


Ragan, James

Dr. Waters

Pramir, K.C.


Nathan Shiver

Shiver, Nathan

Dr. Grove

Myoglobin expression in cardiac muscle of the mangrove killifish, Kryptolebias marmoratus, during emersion

Simone Thompson

Thompson, Simone

Dr. Chambers

Wolbachia field prevalence of Aedes mosquitoes and parasites from American Samoa.

Richard West


West, Richard

Dr. Chambers

The distribution of dog heartworm, Dirofilaria immitis, by various mosquitoes from South Georgia.

Ted West

West III, Ted

Dr. Waters

My project consists of evaluating phytoplankton community structure dynamics in response to human impacts and dense coverage of the invasive plant Hydrilla verticillata in Lake Seminole, Georgia.