Georgia Southern University



Dr. Checo Colon - Gaud recently received an award from the National Science Foundation for work on consumer mediated leaf breakdown in tropical and temperate stream systems.

  Dr. Q.Q. Fang and Dr. Dmitry Apanaskevich recently received an award from the National Institutes of Health for work on the taxonomy and phylogenetic relationships of Dermacentor ticks.
  Dr. Johanne Lewis, Dr. JB Claiborne, Dr. Chris Cutler and graduate student Brad Wilbur spent a productive summer at Mount Desert Island Biological Lab in Maine.
  Biology alum Lee Mitchell (MS, 1998) won the prestigous, national award "Natural Resources Management Specialist of the Year" from the Corps of Engineers. Way to Go Lee!
  Several Biology faculty were awarded GSU Faculty Research Grants. Congratulations to Dr. David Rostal, Dr. Checo Colon-Gaud, and Dr. Lance McBrayer.
  Dr. Lorne Wolfe was invited to assess and work with faculty staff and adminstrators at the University Kwazu - Natal in South Africa on ways to increase engagement in large biology undergraduate classrooms.
  Dr. Lance McBrayer won the Georgia Southern University Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship.
  Dr. Alan Harvey and former MS student Sarah Zukoff published a paper on a unique mode of locomotion in tiger beetle larvae. This research was picked up by many sources, including Smithsonian Magazine, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, Science News Daily, GPB, and Savannah Morning News.
  Georgia Southern's Department of Biology fared very well at the 2011 Georgia Entomological Society meetings at Lake Blackshear. Nick Keiser (MS 2012) took 2nd Place in the Society's best Graduate Student Presentation and was the Entomology Scholarship Recipient. Also, Cynthia Chan (MS 2011) took 1st Place in the Society's Graduate Student Poster competition. Michelle Tremblay, Biology Laboratory Supervisor, took second place in the Portraits category of the Photography Salon. Finally, Dr. Alan Harvey was named President-Elect of the Society. And to top it off, Georgia Southern University was chosen as the site for the 2012 GES meetings! Congratulations all!

The Molecular Biology Initiative (MBI Director: Dr. Laura Regassa) was recognized by NSF during the Annual NSF GK-12 Conference in Washington, D.C. for the Outstanding Annual Report that linked program objectives with results. The MBI supports graduate students and STEM education in area high schools. During the reporting period, the MBI involved 18 graduate student fellows, 11 fellow-teacher teams in 5 school districts, 15 faculty members, and nearly 1000 high school students. Program-funded research was presented in over 40 products and fellows/teachers secured additional funding in excess of $10,500.

  We are still moving...someday! The Department of Biology broke ground on a new, start of the art building this summer. The new building will be on the corner of Akins Drive across from the College of Education.  We hope that construction begins soon!