William Guy Bradley
Affiliate in Biology

Research interests include: Immunogenetics of marine mammals; feline, human, and murine AIDS

Ben Chemel
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Liza ConradLiza Conrad
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D. Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University, 2007
B.A. Biology, State University of New York College at Cortland, 2000

Her research interests in plant molecular biology focus primarily on the genetic control of flower development in cereal crops, such as rice and maize.

Steve DenisonSteven Denison
Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D. Cell Biology, 1993, Baylor College of Medicine
B.S. Biology, 1986, Baylor University

Research interests include: fungal genetics and population genetics of marine organisms.

John C. Ferguson
Professor Emeritus of Biology and Marine Science
Physiology of echinoderms and other invertebrates, especially fluid volume relationships and nutrient translocations.

Denise FlahertyDenise Flaherty
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D. Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology; Emory University
BA. Biology, Wheaton Scholar; Wheaton College, Massachusetts

Research interests include: the development and structure/function relationship of large elastic proteins in muscle, using the model genetic organism, Caenorhabditis elegans.

Beth ForysElizabeth A. Forys
Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
Ph.D. Wildlife Ecology & Conservation; University of Florida
M.S. Environmental Science; University of Virginia
B.A. Environmental Sciences; University of Virginia

Current research involves endangered and exotic species, restoration ecology, and spatial analysis using geographic information systems (GIS).

Greg GerdemanGregory L. Gerdeman
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D. Pharmacology; Vanderbilt University 2001
B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Centre College 1995

Research interests include: Cannabinoid biology, neurophysiology, evolutionary neurobiology, pharmacology, synaptic plasticity, and drug addiction.

Shannon GowansShannon Gowans
Assistant Professor of Biology and Marine Science
Ph.D., Dalhousie University, 1999

Research interests include: behavioral ecology of marine mammals, especially dolphins.

Sheila Hanes
Professor Emeritus of Biology and Marine Science

Interests include both fossil and living plants. Recent projects include studies of pine seed cone development and systematic studies of seagrass species and fern populations using molecular techniques.

Jeannine LessmannJeannine Lessmann
Assistant Professor of Biology and Marine Science
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1998

Research interests include: basic and applied ecology of salt marsh plant, mangroves and seagrasses.

Peter MeylanPeter A. Meylan
Professor of Biology
Ph.D. Zoology; University of Florida 1985
M.S. Zoology; University of Florida 1981
B. S. Zoology; University of Florida 1976

Research interests include: morphology, systematics and ecology of reptiles, especially turtles, and the conservation biology of Florida's native herpetofauna.

Nancy SmithNancy Smith
Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology; University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A. Biology; University of California, Santa Barbara
B.S. Zoology; University of Washington, Seattle

Research interests include: mangrove ecology, astropos life history, a nd parasite-host interactions

Bill SzelistowskiWilliam A. Szelistowski
Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1990

Primary research interests include the ecology of marine organisms and tropical rain forest animals with work in California, the Chesapeake Bay, the Caribbean and Central America.

Life After Eckerd

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