Environmental Biology of Fishes


This course presents an introductory study of fish. In particular, the course emphasizes the evolution and diversity of fishes, including their morphology, development, life history, behavior, and ecology.

The lab for this course focuses primarily on identification of Georgia Fishes.



FISH 4500/6500

This course covers the basic anatomy and physiology of fishes, with an emphasis on the effects of environmental stresses on physiological functions of fish.

The lab for this course focuses on designing and conducting experiments related to the physiology of fishes.

Problem Solving for Field Biologists


Scientists working in the field often encounter technical obstacles during their research. This class focuses on using creative thinking to solve practical problems that can unexpectedly arise in the field. Students discuss case studies and develop their own solutions to example problems. I developed this course to help new graduate students prepare for their first fieldwork projects.

Georgia Fishes

Field Study

FISH 4650L/6650L

In this intensive Maymester field course, students learn fish collection and identification skills for Georgia's freshwater and coastal fishes. Habitats sampled include beach, estuaries, streams, and reservoirs within the Mountains, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain. Emphasis is placed upon field techniques, but the course also includes some lab-based instruction and writing assignments. I have assisted with the coastal habitats portion of this class for several years.