Student Research

Student Research

In the Biology Department, we especially enjoy working on research projects with students and we currently have 48 student-faculty research investigations in progress. Many students conduct these projects as part of a university or departmental honors, some enroll for independent study credits and others participate in research simply for the experience. These investigations are funded by a variety of intramural and extramural grants and in a typical academic year, our department procures about $250,000 - $500,000 to support research. The following is an overview of these faculty sponsored investigations.

  • Dr. Jean Boal
    Conditional discrimination learning in cephalopods. Chemical communication and chemical sensation in mollusks.
  • Dr. Judy Cebra-Thomas
    Developmental biology. Developmental basis for evolutionary change.
  • Dr. Dominique Didier
    Ichthyology, phylogenetic systematics, and taxonomy.
  • Dr. Shawn Gallagher (Dr. Gallager is a neurobiologist in the Psychology Department and often works with biology majors.)
    Clinical eye research. Mydriatics and tear formation.
  • Dr. Aaron Haines
    Conservation and wildlife biology. Director of the Applied Conservation Lab.
  • Dr. Christopher Hardy
    Ecology, biogeography and antimicrobial properties of Commelina.
    Illustrated guide to invasive species of 'the Bush'. Botanical Illustration.
  • Dr. Carol Hepfer
    Genetics and genetic recombination studies with yeast. Mechanism of sex determination in octopuses.
  • Dr. Brent Horton
    Vertebrate ecological physiology and behavioral ecology
  • Dr. John Hoover
    Design-based stereology in neuroscience.
  • Dr. Timothy Ladd
    Bacterial biofilm investigations.
  • Dr. Joel Piperberg
    Effects of cholesterol and ethanol on the stability of the red blood cell membrane.
  • Dr. Ryan Wagner
    Time lapse photography of plant tropisms.
  • Dr. John Wallace
    Queen snake as a biological control for invasive crayfish. Algal growth as a measure of postmortem submersion interval. Forensic entomology investigations. Impact of clandestine reptile shows on herpetofauna
    Populations. Mosquito population dynamics in southern Alabama.
  • Dr. LaVern Whisenton-Davidson
    Insect Biochemistry, Endocrinology and Neuroendocrinology.
  • Dr. Daniel Yocom
    Streamside forest restoration studies. Studies in arthropod diversity.