Current lab members

Philip Shirk (PhD 2020, UF)

Phil works on fragmentation and the responses of reptiles and amphibians, especially chameleons.   He works in the Usambara mountains of Tanzania, continuing the research he initiated during his MS (at VCU with James Vonesh).  His research focuses on the thermal physiology of chameleons, long-term changes in the thermal micro-environment, and implications of forest fragmentation.

Greg Jacobs (PhD 2020, UGA; advised by Seth Wenger; Craig is his co-advisor)

Greg worked previously for the US Fish and Wildlife (Northeast Fishery Center in Lamar, PA).  He is interested in fish movement in streams and how this can alter ecosystem processes (e.g., tied to nutrient fluxes mediated by transport and excretion by the fish community).  His dissertation uses data from different systems (e.g., sturgeon in the Great Lakes and salmon in the northwest) to explore, for example, how changing temperature regimes affect nest-site selection and recruitment.

Rebecca Atkins (PhD 2020, UGA)

Rebecca works on Littoraria - Spartina interactions in east-coast saltmarshes. She is particularly interested in latitudinal variation in the strength of the interaction and the factors (including temperature and size-structure) that shift the interaction from beneficial to deleterious.  She has an NSF predoctoral fellowship (as well as a UGA Presidential Fellowship) 

[her webpage]

Amy Briggs (PhD 2022, UGA)

Amy completed her MS at CSUN with Bob Carpenter, examining the response of crustose coralline algae to ocean acidification.  For her PhD, she is examining the environmental drivers of ciguatoxic dinoflagellates (the cause of ciguatoxic finfish poisoning, CFP) and the food-web implications of these dinoflagellates.  Much of her work focuses on the role of the spatial distribution of algae and microbes in determining the local abundance of the dinoflagellates, their effect on herbivorous fishes, and their link to human incidence of CFP.

[her webpage]

Dan Hawkins (MS 2019, UGA)

Dan is working on the ecology of saltmarshes using study sites that span from Florida to Virginia.  He's collaborating with Rebecca and has been looking at spatial and temporal variation in the density, size-structure and microhabitat use of Littoraria as well as quantifying diets of Littoraria using stable isotopes.