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.

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Dr. McDonough

Loren Binns

Binns, Loren A.

Dr. Anderson

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.

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B. Luke

Dr. Uyeno

J Kameron Farrow

Farrow, J. Kameron

Dr. Elder


"Determination of the Elassoma species from population genetics".

Roderica Flucas

Roderica K.

Dr. Kang

I am studying the mind/body connection of the protein orexin. 


Samantha Gimbel

Samantha F.

Dr. Henkel

Brand Griffin

Brandi M.

Dr. Anderson

I am interested in epiphyte ecology.
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Willie D.

Dr. Blackmore

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.

Sarah Hough

Sarah E.

Dr. Lockhart

Assessing metal accumulation in several common terrestrial mammals in South Georgia in order to relate land use practices and varying levels of anthropogenic impact with metal accumulation in the animals and to assess whether trophic level and feeding habits influence metal accumulation.
Phillip Lowe

Phillip D.

Dr. Carter

Katie Merritt

Merritt, Katie

Dr. Blackmore

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.

James Ragan

Ragan, James

Dr. Waters

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

Pramir K.C.

Pramir, K.C.

Dr. Kang

“Analysis of sequence characteristics of CD Type I proteins using statistic tools, in order to determine their functional class”. 

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Dr. Goddard

I am researching the effects of heavy metal toxicity in marine algae by exposing seaweeds to varying concentrations of dissolved metal oxide ions and metal nanoparticles (ENPs) and evaluating metal accumulation, metal distribution, and photosynthetic activity.

 Ellen Vedas

Vedas, Ellen M.

Dr. Blackmore

I am studying prescribed fire and its effects on mosquito ecology and habitat.

Richard West


West, Richard

Dr. Chambers

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