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Ph.D. – West Virginia University
M.S. – Frostburg State University
B.S. – Saint Francis University
NAS 111 – Introduction to Biological Science
NAS 107 – Environmental Science
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. Below are students who have developed research projects in conjunction with my research.
Austin O’Connor and Charles Adams
Austin is working with Charles, and together they are investigating the diversity of fish and crabs in the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (click to find out more about the GTMNERR). They will be presenting their research at the Southern Division Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Charleston, SC in January 2014.
Annabella is also working with fish from the GTMNERR, and is looking at how tidal cycles affect the feeding dynamics of spotfin mojarra (Eucinostomus argenteus). She has sampled fish each hour through a tidal cycle and is now in the process of identifying the invertebrates she finds in the fish stomachs. She will be presenting her research at the Southern Division Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Charleston, SC in January 2014.
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.
Fish We Have Caught in the GTMNERR
Clown goby (Microgobius gulosus)
Highfin goby (Gobionellus oceanicus)