Department of Biology
The University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
Office: 524 Shoemaker Hall
Telephone: (662) 915-7457
FAX: (662) 915-5144
My laboratory focuses on symbiotic interactions
. Specifically, I am interested in how different host/symbiont genotypic combinations influence the ecology and evolution of the symbiosis. In order to address this interest, research in my laboratory combines genetic techniques, to identify the hosts and symbionts, and other techniques relating to ecological assessment. For example, I am working on the physiology of different host/symbiont genotypic combinations and how various environmental parameters affect the physiology.
Most of my work on symbiosis focuses on the coral reef ecosystem
and the symbiosis between cnidarians (e.g., corals, octocorals, sea anemones) and their unicellular algae (zooxanthellae). I am also branching out to include other symbiotic systems.
Lastly, I am interested in clonal organisms and how their clonality affects their ecology.