Community Ecology & Evolution
His research is focused on how species interact with each other and with their environment to shape population structures and the evolution of communities. Communities of special interest include sandhills, wet pine flatwoods (e.g., long leaf pine savannas), pitcher plant bogs and those greatly affected by climate change and invasive species. Specific topics of ongoing work include gopher tortoise ecology, orchid pollination, host-plant selection by swallowtail butterflies, and the consequences of insect-vectored tree diseases.
Ph.D. 2015 – Plant Biology, Southern Illinois University
M.S. 2005 – Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University
B.S. 2002 – Wildlife Biology, Ohio University
General Biology I (BLY 121)
This is the first in a two-semester series that introduces students to biological principles and core concepts. This course is designed to meet the needs of students majoring in biology and/or other scientific disciplines (e.g., medical professionals, engineers, educators, etc.). Emphasis will be placed on the fundamentals of living systems, including the molecular constituents of cells, cell structure, metabolism, genetics, evolution and aspects of classification.
General Biology I Lab (BLY 121L)
BLY 121L is designed to meet the needs of Biology and related science majors. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental aspects of scientific observation, cell structure and function, biological responses to the environment, genetics, and evolution. The course goals are to 1) explore issues in the natural sciences and collect relevant data 2) analyze these data using graphs and statistical analyses and 3) construct logical conclusions based on the results of these data analyses. Students will describe biological structures, processes, and patterns by using the Scientific Method
Plant-Animal Interactions (BLY 490)
This course focuses on the role of plant-animal interactions in the evolution of biodiversity. Topics include the fossil record of plant-animal interactions, herbivory by insects and vertebrates, seed predation, pollination and seed dispersal by animals, ant-plant interactions, trophic cascades, and emerging areas of study with a focus on the pivotal role of plant-animal interactions in conservation biology. The course relies heavily on the discussion of scientific literature. This course is intended for upper-level undergraduate students.