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.

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. 

Austin Haney

Haney, William A.

Dr. Uyeno

I am studying the biomechanics of a unique behavior found in a tantalizing group of deep-sea animals: feeding using body knotting in hagfish. Hagfish (or slime eels) feed this way because they have not evolved opposable jaws with which to bite.  Still, they get the job done; they have a cartilaginous plate loaded with teeth that they press into prey items and then rip off a portion using leverage formed by manipulating a whorl of a knot that they tie into their body. I am interested in characterizing the mechanics of this behavior by first describing morphology and material properties of the skin and body core musculature that allows them to knot. I am using this information to develop hypotheses of function that I can then test by using analyses such as high-speed body-motion kinematics and electromyography.


Phillip D.

Dr. Carter

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.
Katie Merritt

Merritt, Katie


West Nile Virus testing in Lowndes County by conducting antibody tests to determine a recent or past infection. Then correlating this data with the Lowndes County vector data collected by Dr. Blackmore's mosquito surveillance lab over the years.

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.


James Ragan

Ragan, James

Dr. Waters

The environmental and ecological change of Cherry Lake, FL, USA: A paleolimnological analysis.

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.