AVAILABLE SEMINAR SPEAKERS (202017)

The Department of Biology at Georgia Southern University is a growing center of biological research in south Georgia. With 30 faculty, 45 masters students, and ~1000 undergraduate majors, we have a diverse and active department. As part of their research activity, we have a number of faculty members who are willing to present the results of their work in a seminar. The following list identifies faculty members who are available to give seminars, describes their research interests, and lists potential seminar titles. Speakers can be reached through the department office (912-478-5487) or contacted directly (e-mail addresses are provided).

In addition to research seminars, members of our faculty can present information on Georgia Southern's graduate program in biology to interested groups of undergraduates. If you are interested in this option, contact Dr. Steve Vives, graduate program director (svives@GeorgiaSouthern.edu; 912-478-5954).

C. Ray Chandler, Professor. Ecology and behavior of birds and other terrestrial vertebrates; habitat selection, migration, hormones and behavior, conservation biology. (chandler@GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) Effects of testosterone on spatial activity in male Dark-eyed Juncos: implications for alternative male reproductive strategies

(2) Winter bird communities of coastal pine savannas: managing a crowded lifeboat

James B. Claiborne, Professor. Comparative physiology; osmoregulation, pH regulation, mechanisms of epithelial ion transport in vertebrates. (JB@GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) Comparative genomics: physiology revisited

(2) The physiology of pH regulation in fish: the ACID truth.

(3) Environmental challenges to acid-base regulation in fish: models and mechanisms

Jonathan Copeland, Professor. Bioluminescence; synchrony in fireflies; coastal plain toxicology. (copeland@gsvms2.cc.GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) Nature's neons

(2) Synchrony in the fireflies of southeast Asia, Tennessee, and Georgia

Lance A. Durden, Associate Professor and Associate Curator U.S. National Tick Collection. Parasitology; ectoparasites of vertebrates, vector-borne diseases, zoogeography. (ldurden@GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) Zoogeography of mammals and their ectoparasites in southeast Asia

(2) Biodiversity of ectoparasites and the benefits of parasitism

Q. Quentin Fang, Professor. Molecular evolution and molecular systematics; molecular phylogenetic approaches to the study of coevolution between medically important arthropods and their hosts/pathogens. (qfang@GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) Development of nuclear protein-encoding genes for insect systematics

(2) Human Ehrlichiosis and tick vectors

Frank E. French, Professor. Entomology; biology of tabanid flies, Spiroplasma bacteria associations with horse flies. (french@gsvms2.cc.GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) Horse flies and the symbiotic bacteria, Spiroplasma

(2) Fascinating, beautiful blood feeders: deer flies and horse flies, the Tabanidae

Sophie George, Professor. Marine ecology; adult and larval nutrition of echinoderms, modelling reproductive strategies. (georges@GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) Reproductive strategies in echinoderms

(2) Phenotypic plasticity in sea urchin and sea star larvae

Daniel F. Gleason, Professor. Physiological and evolutionary ecology of marine invertebrates; coral reef ecology. (dgleason@GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) Ultraviolet radiation effects on the ecology of Caribbean corals

(2) Phenotypic variation in Caribbean corals: adaptive or not?

Alan Harvey, Associate Professor. Evolution of morphological plasticity, evolutionary ecology of crustacean larvae, phylogenetic systematics and biogeography of crustaceans, biology of invasive species. (aharvey@GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) Learning to play the shell game: ecology, development, and the evolution of shell use in hermit crabs

(2) Is Florida Betony really a Chinese invader?

William S. Irby, Associate Professor. Mosquito ecology, evolution, and behavior. Arthropod vector-host pathogen interactions. (sobiobi@GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) Biting the hand that feeds you: mosquito host-choice and pathogen transmission

(2) Where east meets west: equine encephalitis in Georgia

Lissa Leege, Professor. Plant ecology, ecology and management of non-native plant invasions, sand dune ecology, plant resistance to pathogens and herbivores. (leege@GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) The ecological impact of Austrian pine (Pinus nigra) on the sand dunes of Lake Michigan: an introduced species becomes an invader.

James H. Oliver, Calloway Professor and Director, Institute of Arthropodology and Parasitology. Medical entomology and parasitology, tick-borne diseases, natural history of ticks, ticks as vectors of pathogens, tick-host relationships. (joliver@GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) The biology and natural history of ticks

(2) General aspects of Lyme Disease

(3) Update on Lyme borreliosis in the southern United States

John W. Parrish, Professor Emeritus. Environmental physiology; avian vision, bioenergetics, biology of American Kestrels. (jparrish@GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) Near-ultraviolet (UV) light vision in birds

(2) The Southeastern American Kestrel in the Georgia coastal plain

Oscar J. Pung, Associate Professor. Parasitology; wildlife diseases. (sobiopung@GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) Epizootiology of Trypanosoma cruzi in Georgia

Laura B. Regassa, Professor. Bacterial pathogenesis; genetic and molecular approaches to study virulence factors in bacterial pathogens, Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae infections in swine. (lregassa@gsvms2.cc.GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) Identification of genes that modulate Apxl toxin production in the porcine pathogen Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae

(2) Is anaerobic respiration involved in production of the Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae RTX toxin Apxl?

David C. Rostal, Professor. Herpetology; reproductive biology of turtles, conservation biology. (rostal@GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) Seasonal reproductive cycle of the Kemp's ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempi): endocrine profiles, fecundity, and population estimates

(2) Reproductive biology of the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii): endocrine profiles, fecundity, and temperature dependent sex determination

(3) Herpetofaunal assemblages at four temporary wetlands in the coastal plain of Georgia: species diversity, seasonal movement patterns, and management needs

Lorne M. Wolfe, Professor. Plant evolutionary ecology; plant reproduction, carnivorous plants. (wolfe@GeorgiaSouthern.edu)

(1) On the specificity of plant-pollinator interactions: a test of the pollination syndrome concept

(2) Why do aliens become invasive?: the role of ecological and evolutionary forces



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