Joshua D. Gibson, P.I. Email Google Scholar Profile
I am an evolutionary geneticist interested in the evolution of phenotypic traits that contribute to reproductive isolation. Much of my work involves studying hybrid insects to better understand the genetic basis of the phenotypes of their parents. I am also interested in understanding the traits that facilitate invasiveness in insects. I typically work with parasitoid wasps, honey bees, and ants.
Renee Nowicki, Graduate Researcher
I am a Biology MS graduate student studying ant behavior, specifically the socially parasitic relationship between Dorymyrmex smithi and its host species Dorymyrmex bureni. Both ants are native to the Southeastern US, but little is known about D. smithi's parasitic colony founding process. Through laboratory work and field observations, I hope to uncover the mechanisms and behaviors behind the parasite-host relationship of these two species.
Michael Shaw, Undergraduate Researcher
I am a Senior at Georgia Southern University, and I am double majoring in Biology and Information Technology. I plan on applying to a Ph.D. program in human genetics or molecular medicine. I am currently working with Nasonia parasitoid wasps and researching their hybrid mortality. I have also received the COUR Research Grant to fund a Nasonia research project with Dr. Gibson.
Barbara Kalish, Undergraduate Researcher
I am a sophomore at Georgia Southern majoring in Biology on the pre-medicine track. I plan to apply to medical school after the completion of my undergraduate degree. I am currently working with Dorymyrx smithi and Dorymyrx bureni in an effort to learn more about their social parasitism and infiltration mechanisms.
Katherine Barrs, former Undergraduate Researcher
I’m an alumni of Georgia Southern, and I majored in Biology and minored in Math. I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary research and techniques combining math, biology, and chemistry. Previously, I have done work with Apis mellifera and their social behaviors. When I was an undergraduate, I worked with Argentine Ants and colony recognition through an interdisciplinary project.
Lucia Sturges, former Undergraduate Researcher
I am an alumni of Georgia Southern University; I majored in Biology with a particular focus in entomology. The order of Hymenoptera interests me; I was working with Nasonia: a genus of parasitoid wasps. I have done some previous research on Apis mellifera and their visitation rates on Mentzelia multiflora in New Mexico.
Charles "Jackson" Turner, former Undergraduate Researcher
I’m an alumni of Georgia Southern. In the 7th grade, I stumbled on the lecture series "Growing up in the universe," by Richard Dawkins, which was life-changing for me. My first encounter with the theory of evolution -the mechanism of speciation - precipitated an absolute passion for science that continues today. My interest in genetics and evolution has fueled my desire to become a genetic engineer, and my long term goal is to work toward ending world hunger. In the lab, I was learning molecular techniques to investigate speciation and evolution in insects.
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