Biology 111: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
Biology 313: Marine Biology
Biology 314: Biology of West Indian Coral Reef Organisms
Biology 321: Ecology
Biology 345: Animal Behavior
Case Studies in Biology
Student BIOLOGY and ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Club
Writing Suggestions for Biology and Environmental Science
The Gunnery School,
The University of Mississippi,
Thesis: Use of Floodplain Habitats by Larval Fishes
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Dissertation: Signal Use in Poeciliid Fishes
I am particularly interested in aquatic systems and have traveled and
collected at marine systems in Jamaica, San Salvador (Bahamas), Mexico, Hawaii,
the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and New
England. I have also explored numerous freshwater lakes, streams, and rivers
locally and elsewhere, including
My research interests are diverse. I have addressed the ecology of larval fish in southeastern floodplains. My focus in behavioral work as been the behavioral ecology of decision-making relative to foraging and mating decisions. I have studied crickets, spiders, several species of fish, blue jays, and starlings.
My current research incorporates my interests in aquatic organisms and reproductive decisions, and is focused on three specific groups:
I have a laboratory population of Gambusia
holbrooki, the eastern mosquitofish.
This fish is endemic to the
I am also studying Pisaurid spiders. In this case, there are five species of
interest (all of the genus Dolomedes) that occur at our field site (
An additional research direction relates to the morphology, function, and reflectance of the tapetum lucidum in lycosoid spiders. I am collaborating with Bob Suter (Vassar College) looking at eye structures and the corresponding behavioral patterns found in these spiders.
Finally, I am examining the behavior of Gambusia manni, the Bahamian mosquitofish. These fishes, though similar to the eastern mosquitofish, use much more extreme (hypersaline) habitats, and are known to have a subocular bar, which is purported to be an aggressive signal.
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