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.
B.S. 2002 – Wildlife Biology, Ohio University
M.S. 2005 – Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D. 2015 – Plant Biology, Southern Illinois University
Life Science I (BLY 101)
Life Science I examines the basic principles of biological phenomena. Cell structure, cell function, and cell division will be examined. Additional topics covered will include heredity and evolution. At the end of the semester, morphology of protists, bacteria, and viruses will be examined.
General Biology I (BLY 121)
This is the first in a two-semester series of an introduction to biological principles. It 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.
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. This course is intended for upper-level undergraduate students.