Dr. Stacey Lance


Stacey is an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. She has graduate faculty status in the Odum School of Ecology and Integrated Toxicology Program. She earned her B.S. at the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!) and her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland before working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution National Zoological Park and Visiting Assistant Professor at Colby College. She joined the faculty at SREL in 2009.

Dr. Jason O’Bryhim



Jason is a Research Professional II at SREL. He earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. at George Mason University where he combined genetic and sociological techniques to help in the conservation of sharks. His previous work includes the use of a DNA forensics approach to look at Costa Rican fisheries, with an emphasis on impacts to the silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) and the endangered scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini). He conducted much of his Ph.D. work with Stacey at SREL. His other research interests include looking at mercury accumulation within elasmobranchs and the transmission of this contaminant throughout the marine ecosystem.


Cara Love


Cara is a PhD student at the University of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology studying human-mediated adaptation and resistance to stressors. She earned her B.S. degree at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Her research uses two model systems, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Belarus and the Savannah River Site, USA, to address the ecological implications of antrhopogenically-contaminated landscapes. Her research is interdisciplinary and incorporates gene expression, genomics, landscape ecology, and disease ecology data to address these questions in a variety of wildlife.


Julie Ziemba


Julie is a PhD student in the Odum School of Ecology and advised by Dr. Krista Capps and conducting her research at SREL in the Lance Lab. She earned her B.S. and M.S. at John Carroll University. Her research focuses on how multiple stressors influence animals with complex life cycles. She uses pond-breeding amphibians of the Southeast US for her study system. She is also interested in undergraduate mentoring and inclusive teaching strategies.  


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Will Thompson


Will is a Ph.D. student in the Integrated Toxicology Program and is co-advised by Ben Parrott. Will earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University and his Master of Science in Environmental Toxicology from Texas Tech University. His past research experience includes seasonal habitat and population assessments projects with Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and the University of Connecticut for wild passerine birds. As a Master’s student, his research primarily focused assessing the potential chronic toxic effects of persistent organic pollutant exposure to Northern Bobwhite’s growth, survival, and development. His current research primarily broadly focuses on evaluating amphibian development in response to environmental stressors. Will’s goals include better evaluating in underrepresented taxa how both natural and anthropogenic influences can alter development and fitness.

Josh Zajdel


Josh is a Masters student in the Odum School of Ecology co-advised by Ben Parrott. His research focuses on alligator mating biology and population genetics. He is also interested in development of genetic markers for use in population connectivity studies. Prior to joining the lab, he completed my bachelor’s degree in Zoology at North Carolina State University (2013) and worked as a technician for a variety of nonprofits including Integral Ecology Research Center and the Orianne Society.



Gabriela Rodriguez


Gabriela is currently a second-year Biology Major at the University of South Carolina, Aiken. Following the completion of her degree she plans to pursue a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She previously worked in determining infection levels of ranavirus among marbled salamanders on the Savannah River Site. Presently, she is working with Adam McFall in establishing hormonal breeding strategies and determining sublethal effects of copper in Cuban tree frogs. (co-supervised with Dr Stacey Lance & PhD Candidate Julie Ziemba)

Adam McFall


Adam is a senior at USC, Aiken working toward his B.S. in Biology. During his time at the Lance Lab, he has primarily worked on hormone-induced breeding strategies and copper stressor responses in Cuban treefrogs. Outside of the lab, he also works for the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center as an animal husbandry technician. He spent the summer of 2018 as an intern for Zoo Knoxville’s herpetology and ornithology departments. During this internship he studied behavioral responses in captive Komodo dragons to enrichment. His overall research interests include wetland ecology, ecotoxicology, behavioral ecology, and herpetology.



Zeke Lance

Zeke is a wicked cool mutt that enjoys sleeping, romping through Hitchcock woods, sleeping, doing tricks, sleeping and chasing squirrels. His favorite thing is road trips with Stacey, but when she travels without him he enjoys providing dog therapy for graduate students.

Graduate/PostDoctoral Lab Alumni and Current Positions

Dr. Scott Weir, Post-Doc - Assistant Professor at Queens University

Wes Flynn, Ph.D. - Postdoctoral fellow at Purdue University

Caitlin Rumrill, M.S. - Ecologist with the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

Megan Winzeler, M.S. - Project Coordinator with the UGA-SREL Outreach department

Austin Coleman, M.S. - Research Technician for Dr. Guha Dharmarajan at SREL

Previous Undergraduates mentored in the lance lab

#Gabriella Rodriguez, University of South Carolina Aiken, Jan 2018 – present   ^Kristopher Weekes, Fort Valley State University, GA, Summer 2018 *Sierra Britt, University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Summer 2018 #*Mariela Muñiz-Gonzalez, University of South Carolina Aiken, Jan 2017 – May 2018
#Charlotte King, University of South Carolina Aiken, Jan 2018 - May 2018
^Demetrius Calloway, Fort Valley State University, GA, Summer 2017  ^Deonte Burston, Fort Valley State University, GA, Summer 2016 *Nia Peak, Claflin University, SC, Summer 2016 *Charles Sheldon Davis, Clemson University, SC, Summer 2016 *Shaina Carrington, Virginia Tech University, VA, Summer 2015 *Carlos Tapia, University of Central Florida, FL, Summer 2015 Paul Walkup, Wofford College, SC, Summer 2015 Sierra Mannix, Georgia Regents University, GA, Summer 2014 Austin Coleman, Georgia Regents University, GA, Spring - Summer 2014 Kimberly Price, Georgia Regents University, GA, Spring 2013 – Summer 2014 Jesse Baxley, University of South Carolina, Aiken, Summer 2014 Ogunyemi Olajumoke, Allen University, SC, Summer 2012 Diana Nelson, Clemson University, SC, Summer 2011 Sarah Flanagan, Colby College, ME, Summer, Summer 2009

(*indicates NSF REU student, ^ NSF HBCU-UP student, #student earning independent study credits at Univ. of South Carolina Aiken)