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Todd W. Pierson
assistant professor
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If you are a KSU undergraduate student and are excited about gaining some experience with field or laboratory research, email me to discuss opportunities!

 

Likewise, if you are interested in joining the lab as a graduate student through KSU's Master of Science in Integrative Biology (MSIB) program, send me an email! Here is some good general advice about how to pursue a graduate degree in ecology and evolutionary biology.

Click on the links below to expand each section and learn about members of the lab—past and present.

graduate students

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Yatin Kalki
MSIB student
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Leah Rittenburg
MSIB student
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Yatin is joining the lab in Fall 2021 and will be using a variety of field and laboratory methods to better understand the nature of alternative reproductive tactics in Eurycea.

Leah is joining the lab in Fall 2021 and will be studying how urbanization influences salamander life history traits and diversity.

undergraduate students

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Lexi Bailey
biology major

Lexi is joining the lab in Fall 2021.

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Emma Downing
environ. science major

Emma is joining the lab in Fall 2021.

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Devan Hines
biology major
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Zaynab Massenburg
biology major

Devan is joining the lab in Fall 2021.

Zaynab is joining the lab in Fall 2021.

Amanda McGowan
biology major
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Karam Ittayem
biology major

Amanda is joining the lab in Fall 2021.

In Summer and Fall 2021, Karam is refining and optimizing our lab's environmental DNA (eDNA) extraction techniques for the detection of aquatic organisms.  

lab alumni

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Tyshiona Brandon
biology major
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Kelly-Ann McDonald
biology major

In Spring and Summer 2021, Kelly-Ann collected data from museum specimens and used geometric morphometric methods to study secondary sexual characters in salamanders.

In Spring and Summer 2021, Tye collected data from museum specimens and used geometric morphometric methods to study secondary sexual characters in salamanders.

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Jasmyne Blake-Sinclair
biology major
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Jadin Cross
modern language & culture (Spanish) major

In Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, Jadin assembled and analyzed genome-wide SNP data to better understand the phylogeography of slimy salamanders in northern Georgia.

In Fall 2020, Jasmyne curated and analyzed observations from the citizen science databases, field notes, and scientific literature to better understand the phenology of nesting in two-lined salamanders. In Spring and Summer 2021, Jasmyne extracted and amplified DNA to identify a mysterious predator of an Appalachian salamander. 

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Tyler Schwartz
environ. science major

In Fall 2020, Tyler used his GIS skills to build maps and analyze data to understand how Eurycea are distributed among river drainages.

external collaborators