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.
Dr. Todd W, Pierson
Todd is a postdoctoral researcher working with Dr. Marjorie Matocq (UNR) and Dr. Stacey Lance (SREL). He earned his Ph.D. at University of Tennessee and uses genomic tools to study the ecology, evolution, and conservation of amphibians, especially the lungless salamanders of the family Plethodontidae.
You can read more about Todd’s research on his personal website here.
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. You can find Cara’s full bio here.
Gabriela is rising third-year Biology Major at the University of South Carolina, Aiken. Following the completion of her degree she plans to attend graduate school and is currently really excited about restoration ecology. She previously worked in determining infection levels of ranavirus among marbled salamanders on the Savannah River Site. Presently, she is using qPCR to measure ranavirus loads as part of a dose-response study on three native species and the invasive Cuban Tree Frog.
Adam recently graduated from USC, Aiken with a B.S. in Biology and is currently working as a technician in the lab. During his time at the Lance Lab, he primarily worked on hormone-induced breeding strategies and copper stressor responses in Cuban treefrogs. As a technician he is helping with the Gopher Frog eDNA project and with Jordan’s coyote project (Adam ran transects for scat collection in July and is now extracting DNA). 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. He hopes to start a MS program in 2020.
Jordan is a Ph.D. student in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources working with the Deer Research Laboratory under Dr. Gino D’Angelo. Jordan is using non-invasive genetic sampling to estimate coyote densities across SC and assess resource selection, diet patterns, and population genetic structure. He’ll be conducting all lab work in the Lance Lab. Before coming to UGA Jordan completed a MS at Mississippi State University examining the population genetics of white-tailed deer in the Southeast.
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. - Scientist at Savannah River National Laboratory
Josh Zajdel, M.S.
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)