David Chalcraft
Associate Professor

Dave is interested in understanding factors that control the intensity of interactions among species, processes that control the trophic structure and biodiversity of aquatic and terrestrial communities, and the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and population and community dynamics.


Suelen Calado-Tullio
Doctoral Student,


Suelen is investigating the mechanisms through which nanoclays may affect the ecological performance of aquatic biota (Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Daphnia magna, Chironomus dilutus and Gambusia holbrooki).  She is particularly interested in the mechanisms of bioconcentration (water exposure) and bioaccumulation (dietary exposure). She is also characterizing the physicochemical properties of nanoclays related to their behavior in aquatic ecosystems.


AJ Kitchen
Masters student


AJ's research interests are broadly focused on behavioral ecology dealing with dispersal and climatic factors. He is specifically interested in studying whether an organism's behavioral type affects its propensity or ability to disperse, and whether this could be advantageous with changing climatic or environmental conditions.


Casey Nolan
Doctoral student


Casey's research interests are focused on salt marsh restoration and factors that mediate broad-scale plant community zonation. He is currently investigating the colonization of salt marsh pans (hypersaline, unvegetated patches) following hydrological restoration.


Doctoral students: Jon Davenport - Southeast Missouri State University
  Scott Jones - University of Alabama
  Lauren McCarthy - Radford University
Masters students: Natalie Amoroso - Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife
  Leah Connell - Wayne Community College
  Robby Deans - University of Texas at Austin (doctoral student)
  Jason Hernandez
  Tyler Gelles - Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  Tracy Rogers - New England Aquarium
  Rick Trone - NC Department of Environmental Quality
  Charles Williams - Mayne Pharma
Postdoctoral scientsts Cliff Ruehl - Columbus State University