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Ed McGinley: Faculty and Staff

Dr. Ed McGinley
Assistant Professor


First Year Advisor
Natural Sciences

Research, Professional and Creative Activity:

Ph.D. – West Virginia University
M.S. – Frostburg State University
B.S. – Saint Francis University

Professional Profile:

My research focuses on the local estuarine and marine fish communities that surround St. Augustine. Specifically, I am interested in the food web dynamics and how seasonal and man-made influences can affect these systems. I have developed a monthly seine survey involving Independent Study students and volunteers from the Coastal Environmental Science major. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding my research and/or the brand new Coastal Environmental Science major here at Flagler College.

Teaching and Related Service:

NAS 111 – Introduction to Biological Science
NAS 107 – Environmental Science
NAS 203 -- Marine Biology
NAS 340 -- Science Survival Skills

More Information:

Past Students who have developed research projects in conjunction with my research:

Austin O’Connor and Charles Adams

Austin worked with Charles, and together they investigated the diversity of fish and crabs in the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (click to find out more about the GTMNERR). They presented a poster of their research at the Southern Division Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Charleston, SC in January 2014.

Annabella Panaro

Annabella also worked with fish in the GTMNERR, and looked at how tidal cycles affect the feeding dynamics of spotfin mojarra (Eucinostomus argenteus). She sampled fish each hour through a tidal cycle and identified the invertebrates she found in the fish stomachs. She presented her research at the Southern Division Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Charleston, SC in January 2014.

Colleen Keener

Colleen worked with Dr. James Liao at the Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience investigating the feeding mechanics of largemouth bass. Videos were taken and slowed down to examine the pressure changes used by these fish during feeding. Colleen presented her research at the Spring 2013 Undergraduate Capstone Research Symposium here at Flagler College.


McGinley, E.J., R.L.Raesly, and W.L. Seddon. 2013. The effects of sedimentation on the seasonal feeding of mottled sculpin. The American Midland Naturalist. In press.

Video gallery of recent research


Office location:

Dr. Ed McGinley

Kenan Hall 108B