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Theoretical Ecology
Evolutionary Ecology, Ecological Genetics

About me:

I am a Ph.D., Unattached PostDoc, in the Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology, The University of Georgia.  Before starting on my present track in ecology, evolution and genetics I spent thirty-odd years as an information systems and Internet engineer.  I received a B.S. Geology, from UGA in August '05 and my Ph.D. in December '10.

I did:

My doctoral dissertation, Delineating the Ecological Niche to Predict Competitive Outcomes and the Influence of Evolution, dealt with tradeoffs in resource utilization traits of populations evolving to adapt to extremely non-optimum resource supply ratios.  In other words, I was asking, "What really happens to a population’s requirements niche under evolution?" and "What does that mean to our expectation of competitive outcomes?"

I want  to look into:

I do not have a "Research Interests and Objectives" page (yet?) because research is not my principal professional objective.  I am now seeking a teaching position at a "non-R", liberal arts college or university, or in a museum or similar institution, where I want to involve undergraduates in research and maintain a relationship with a laboratory in an institution such as the Odum School.

My broad research interests span ecology, evolution and genetics–particularly evolutionary punctuations resulting from ecological perturbations.

My first interest is in current events linking (climatic, climate-coupled or outright anthropogenic) environmental changes to biological evolution.

My second interest is in the interval from the Neoproterozoic thru the latest Cambrian.  Geologically speaking, this runs from the consolidation of Rodinia through the snowball-slushball episodes to the isolation of Laurentia, Baltica, and Siberia.  Biologically speaking, this runs from the appearance of the first metazoans thru the evolution and sorting of the stem clades of our present phyla.

My third, back-burner interest is in the stem phylogeny and early evolution of diploblasts, especially Cnidaria.  As time permits I am continuing some field work investigating what may be an evolutionary intermediate between askeletal (sea anemone-like) and calcareous-skeletal (coral-like) cnidaria.

I want to teach:

I do not have a "Teaching Philosophy and Interests" page (yet) but my principal professional objective is to teach.

My broad teaching interests include (in alphabetical order) Ecology (alias Environmental Science or Natural Science), Evolution, Genetics, (Integrated or Integrative) Biology, Modeling of Natural Systems and probably several other subjects.

I am now seeking a teaching position at a "non-R", liberal arts college or university, or in a museum or similar institution, where I want to involve undergraduates in research and maintain a relationship with a laboratory in an institution such as the Odum School.


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