College of Charleston Department of Biology

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What have our interns been getting up to in the last year? A little peak into our marine research.

Check out my two minute video round up of our projects, including shark tag and release, white shark populations, intertidal zones, cetacean tracking, Sea the Change, shark/skate egg cases, and more.

#OceansResearch #MarineScience

What have our interns been getting up to in the last year? A little peak into our marine research.

Check out my two minute video round up of our projects, including shark tag and release, white shark populations, intertidal zones, cetacean tracking, Sea the Change, shark/skate egg cases, and more.

#OceansResearch #MarineScience

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Check out my video for the Sea the Change development program, which aims to provide marine related job skills in communities where unemployment levels are high.

Aspects involve boat seamanship, marine research, life saving / first-aid certificates and learning to swim (as many of our youth do not know how, and there are over 1,500 drownings each year in South Africa).

We are empowering selected local youth, by educating them, and developing these skills. We also help them to gain a better understanding of conservation and the marine environment.
We are very excited to progress this program and youth development in our communities.

https://www.facebook.com/80871762664/posts/10156027899997665/
Shark Deterrent Fail

Electronic Shark Defense System (ESDS)TM did not hold up in tests carried out on our Oceans Research vessels.

The latest research, published in the journal PLoS One PLoS One highlights the potential risk that the public face when they put their trust into untested shark deterrent devices.

Read the full story:
Sophu Qoma was an intern with Oceans Research for most of last year, as part of her Diploma in Nature Conservation. She has now returned to us as an outreach officer, with big plans for community education projects. She’s also an ambassador with conservation campaign, Keep Fin Alive.

Read my interview with Sophu on our website, about her new project, which aims to bring marine related job skills to disadvantaged communities.

www.oceans-research.com
Sophu Qoma was an intern with Oceans Research for most of last year, as part of her Diploma in Nature Conservation. She has now returned to us as an outreach officer, with big plans for community education projects. She’s also an ambassador with conservation campaign, Keep Fin Alive.

Read my interview with Sophu on our website, about her new project, which aims to bring marine related job skills to disadvantaged communities.

www.oceans-research.com
“When I analysed their DNA, I found a majority of the sharks shared the same mother, and some even shared the same mother and father!”

Check out my interview with shark geneticist, Gibbs Kuguru.

Gibbs’ studies primarily focus on the population dynamics of smooth hammerhead sharks. He spent six years researching sharks with White Shark Africa, a white shark cage diving company in Mossel Bay, in tandem with Stellenbosch University. Our Oceans Research director of research, Dr Enrico Gennari, was one of his supervisors.

You can link to his interview from our home page: www.oceans-research.com
“When I analysed their DNA, I found a majority of the sharks shared the same mother, and some even shared the same mother and father!”

Check out my interview with shark geneticist, Gibbs Kuguru.

Gibbs’ studies primarily focus on the population dynamics of smooth hammerhead sharks. He spent six years researching sharks with White Shark Africa, a white shark cage diving company in Mossel Bay, in tandem with Stellenbosch University. Our Oceans Research director of research, Dr Enrico Gennari, was one of his supervisors.

You can link to his interview from our home page: www.oceans-research.com
Did you get the chance to read our Ocean’s Research, director of research, Dr Enrico Gennari’s article?

Scary things happening in the white shark capital of the world, causing the disappearance of the species.

http://www.oceans-research.com/news/air-jaws-happening-white-shark-capital-world

Oceans Research internship 2018: www.bit.ly/ORInterns2018
Did you get the chance to read our Ocean’s Research, director of research, Dr Enrico Gennari’s article?

Scary things happening in the white shark capital of the world, causing the disappearance of the species.

Our director of research, Dr Enrico Gennari, writes about the changes to white shark populations along the Western Cape, and the disappearance of the species in some of the white shark hotspots of South Africa.

The role of the Department is to provide students with an understanding of the science of living systems within the context of a liberal arts education.

The department offers a B.S. or B.A. in Biology, B.S. in Marine Biology, and an M.S. in Marine Biology. The department excels at promoting undergraduate and graduate research and has long had an excellent reputation for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, having received a commendation of excellence from the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education in 1998. About 75 Biology and Marine Biology students participate in undergraduate research each year. Many of these students are supported by faculty research grants or by College or departmental funds. Undergraduates present their research at local, state and national meetings and many are co-authors with faculty on publications. Moreover, our undergraduates have an excellent record of acceptance into allied health professions and medical school. Biology faculty are involved in an extraordinarily broad range of research, including the developmental biology of muscle cells and conifer pollen tube elongation, sexual selection and the function of bird song, vertebrate morphology and paleontology, host parasite interactions at the cell and molecular level, insect biology and conservation, microbial, vertebrate, invertebrate and plant ecology, coral reef ecology, marine phytoplankton ecology and biogeochemical cycling, marine invertebrate physiology, the neurophysiology of circadian rhythms, physiological ecology of marine turtles, molecular biology and genetics, molluscan population genetics and plant population genetics and conservation. The diversity of these research interests translates into an exciting diversity of information and research opportunities available to College of Charleston students.

Operating as usual

04/30/2021

Heading out to the beach for this Field Friday on Nolan Schillerstrom! Nolan, a current student and Coastal Program Associate at Audubon South Carolina, is studying Rufa Red Knot shorebirds to evaluate existing conservation strategies on an island in South Carolina and to test social marketing as a new tool for changing human behaviors on the beach. Signage and education are the primary conservation strategies used to minimize human disturbance, but the species continues to decline. His project, titled “Social Marketing as a Tool to Reduce Human Disturbance to Federally Threatened Rufa Red Knot (Calidris canatus rufa)”, recognizes that community-based social marketing has potential to be a new and more effective tool for shorebird conservation. He is advised by Dr. Melissa Hughes. You can register to watch Nolan’s thesis defense on Tuesday, May 11th using the link in our bio!

#cofc #studentresearch #audubon #shorebirdconservation #redknot #socialmarketing #conservation #audubonsc #humandisturbance #shorebirds #charlestonsc #scbeaches #fieldfriday

04/28/2021

Dr. Seth Pritchard was a part of the Holland Lifelong Learning Finale at the South Carolina Aquarium! This panel discussed climate change and how it is affecting all of us. You can watch the full lecture here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDHSlyZhvGM #cofc #cofcbiology #climatechange

Dr. Seth Pritchard was a part of the Holland Lifelong Learning Finale at the South Carolina Aquarium! This panel discussed climate change and how it is affecting all of us. You can watch the full lecture here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDHSlyZhvGM #cofc #cofcbiology #climatechange

04/22/2021

A huge congratulations to Emily Dombrowski for being named a Ernest F. Hollings Scholar by NOAA! This scholarship offers tuition assistance as well as a full-time paid internship at a NOAA facility. So exciting! #cofc #cofcbiology

A huge congratulations to Emily Dombrowski for being named a Ernest F. Hollings Scholar by NOAA! This scholarship offers tuition assistance as well as a full-time paid internship at a NOAA facility. So exciting! #cofc #cofcbiology

The U.S. Is on the Verge of a Climate-Driven Housing Crisis 04/21/2021

The U.S. Is on the Verge of a Climate-Driven Housing Crisis

The U.S. Is on the Verge of a Climate-Driven Housing Crisis Americans keep buying houses at risk of fire and flood. What happens to the economy when their value plummets?

04/21/2021

Dr. Anastasia Zimmerman was featured in TIME on Apr 19th, 2021. She discusses the major flooding issues she has seen and experienced on James Island as well as the future for the rest of the Charleston area. Read here: https://time.com/5953380/climate-housing-crisis/ #cofc #cofcbiology #climatechange

Dr. Anastasia Zimmerman was featured in TIME on Apr 19th, 2021. She discusses the major flooding issues she has seen and experienced on James Island as well as the future for the rest of the Charleston area. Read here: https://time.com/5953380/climate-housing-crisis/ #cofc #cofcbiology #climatechange

Study Break: Meet a Biology Major 04/14/2021

Study Break: Meet a Biology Major

Study Break: Meet a Biology Major Name: Aubrey Anthony Hometown: East St. Louis, Illinois Major/Year: Junior, double-majoring in anthropology and biology What CofC organizations you have been involved with? Men’s Rugby Club New Student Programs orientation intern team Cougar Excursion Charleston 40 Kappa Alpha Order Kids on Point ...

Timeline Photos 04/12/2021

Way to go Hails, Phia, and Kirsten! 🎉

Students from the SSM receive prestigious Goldwater Scholarships for undergrads in STEM.
https://today.cofc.edu/2021/04/12/3-honors-college-students-awarded-goldwater-scholarships/

Timeline Photos 04/12/2021

Timeline Photos

Vernon Kennedy has been invited to present his research at the Council on Undergraduate Research's #PostersontheHill 2021 event this month. He also recently learned that he was accepted into the Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH IRP). Vernon is a Molecular Biology major who plans to pursue a career as a physician-scientist.

04/12/2021

This Friday! We have a senior biology major, Vershelle Peterson, as well as senior marine biology major, Gabi Tutelo presenting at the Summit of Scholars event. Vershelle will be presenting “Examination of the relationship between synaptic withdrawal after peripheral nerve injury with exercise and estradiol,” and Gabi will be presenting “Effects of transient salinity on larval growth and development in the southern toad (Anaxyrus terrestris)”. Congratulations on this exciting feat! #cofcbiology #cofc Grice Marine Lab

This Friday! We have a senior biology major, Vershelle Peterson, as well as senior marine biology major, Gabi Tutelo presenting at the Summit of Scholars event. Vershelle will be presenting “Examination of the relationship between synaptic withdrawal after peripheral nerve injury with exercise and estradiol,” and Gabi will be presenting “Effects of transient salinity on larval growth and development in the southern toad (Anaxyrus terrestris)”. Congratulations on this exciting feat! #cofcbiology #cofc Grice Marine Lab

04/08/2021

Our spider crab in the SSMB tank has polite table manners. #cofc #cofcbiology @cofc.ssm

04/06/2021

Minorities in Medicine is a service based group founded by senior Katlyne Jeter. The group helps support underrepresented pre-health students and pre-health students interested in health care disparities at the College of Charleston, as well as other institutions, by providing them with the necessary tools and skills needed to apply to professional school. Read more here: https://today.cofc.edu/2021/04/05/minorities-in-medicine-group-aims-to-improve-diversity-among-medical-professionals/ #cofc #cofcbiology @cofc_minoritiesnmeds

Minorities in Medicine is a service based group founded by senior Katlyne Jeter. The group helps support underrepresented pre-health students and pre-health students interested in health care disparities at the College of Charleston, as well as other institutions, by providing them with the necessary tools and skills needed to apply to professional school. Read more here: https://today.cofc.edu/2021/04/05/minorities-in-medicine-group-aims-to-improve-diversity-among-medical-professionals/ #cofc #cofcbiology @cofc_minoritiesnmeds

Photos from College of Charleston Department of Biology's post 03/31/2021

Congratulations to Katelyn Covert, Tess Masselink, Maiah Whitehead, and Josie Shostak for their artwork being accepted into Young Contemporaries 2021! Their work is located in the Halsey Institute. Be sure to drop by and take a look at their amazing work! It’s an excellent relaxing environment in my opinion. #cofc #cofcbiology @gricelab @halsey_institute

Photos from CofC Graduate Program in Environmental Studies's post 03/30/2021

Photos from CofC Graduate Program in Environmental Studies's post

03/30/2021

Congratulations to Katlyne Jeter on winning the 2021 ExCEL SSMB Outstanding Student of the Year! Katlyne is a senior from Spartanburg, SC who plans on continuing to work in a specimen technician lab after graduation. Her goal is to become an OB/GYN, so she intends to go to medical school to complete her doctorate! Way to go, Katlyne! Kudos from all of us! #cofc #cofcbiology @cofc.ssm

Congratulations to Katlyne Jeter on winning the 2021 ExCEL SSMB Outstanding Student of the Year! Katlyne is a senior from Spartanburg, SC who plans on continuing to work in a specimen technician lab after graduation. Her goal is to become an OB/GYN, so she intends to go to medical school to complete her doctorate! Way to go, Katlyne! Kudos from all of us! #cofc #cofcbiology @cofc.ssm

Timeline Photos 03/29/2021

Timeline Photos

Biology Instructor Makes the Case for the Venus Flytrap 03/28/2021

Biology Instructor Makes the Case for the Venus Flytrap

Biology Instructor Makes the Case for the Venus Flytrap Did you know that one of the coolest plants in existence (for now, anyway) is native to South Carolina? The Venus flytrap grows in only two regions in the world, both in the Carolinas: the Sandhills and the Coastal Plain (a 100-mile radius around Wilmington, N.C.). But its numbers are dwindling

Photos from College of Charleston Department of Biology's post 03/26/2021

Fun and cool finds!
#cofcbiology
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@cofc_mesprogram Getting our hands dirty on this #FieldFriday with Dr. Heather Spalding’s Marine Botany course! This semester, the class has been collecting microalgae samples from all over the Charleston area and pressing and identifying them. The microalgae in the Charleston area has not been well documented since about 30 years ago, so they are trying to update records. In addition to collecting all over Charleston, the class also took a field trip to Huntington Beach State Park to collect off a jetty there. Julia Chrisco, a student in the course, said “It was such a fun time crawling on the rocks, being knee-deep in the cold water, and finding such a diverse collection of algae! My favorite part of the course has definitely been the field trips. Even when it’s cold and rainy, it’s still a great time being outside and exploring the coastal areas!”

#cofc #fieldfriday #fieldresearch #marinebotany #botanyresearch #coastalsouthcarolina #algae #microalgae #charlestonsc #fieldtrip #environmentalscience #classresearch

Photos from College of Charleston Department of Biology's post 03/22/2021

What’s growing in the Greenhouse behind Addlestone Library? Plant Physiology is growing alfalfa in a nutrient experiment with some pots lacking rhizobia or fertilizer! We also have @scseagrant growing Spartina for transplanting across the state! #cofc #cofcbiology

Photos from Grice Marine Lab's post 03/18/2021

Photos from Grice Marine Lab's post

Day in the Life with Aubrey | College of Charleston | Anthropology and Biology Major 03/18/2021

Day in the Life with Aubrey | College of Charleston | Anthropology and Biology Major

Day in the Life with Aubrey | College of Charleston | Anthropology and Biology Major What’s a day in the life of a College of Charleston student really like? Check out CofC student, Aubrey Anthony '22, as he takes us through a week in his lif...

Timeline Photos 03/17/2021

Timeline Photos

The 2021 SSM Poster Session will be held virtually this year. Submit your abstract and presentation video by Friday, April 2.

03/10/2021

We’re getting new aquarists for the SSMB aquarium! Stay tuned for introductory posts! #cofc #cofcbiology

We’re getting new aquarists for the SSMB aquarium! Stay tuned for introductory posts! #cofc #cofcbiology

03/04/2021

Cleaning the tank featuring: the spicy spadefish who will nibble on you and two of our new tank residents at the bottom... sea robins! #cofc #cofcbiology #spadefishwillneverleaveyoualone

Photos from Grice Marine Lab's post 03/03/2021

Boiled fish heads... yummy.

03/03/2021

Gender Equity Week starts next week! There are some interesting events happening. Be sure to check them out! All events are on Zoom. #cofc #genderequity

Gender Equity Week starts next week! There are some interesting events happening. Be sure to check them out! All events are on Zoom. #cofc #genderequity

Photos from Grice Marine Lab's post 02/26/2021

Photos from Grice Marine Lab's post

Photos from College of Charleston Department of Biology's post 02/26/2021

This week in Plant Physiology: “murdering” and measuring of sunflowers and creating an environment for the future butterflies the class will be using! I’m personally excited to see the larvae grow. 🦋🌼 #cofc #cofcbiology

Photos from College of Charleston Department of Biology's post 02/25/2021

What’s happening in Microbiology this week? Gram staining and the student’s first unknown organism! #cofc #cofcbiology

02/24/2021

President's List honoree Brogan Brown is a senior College of Charleston Department of Biology major with a molecular concentration. She has been involved in research in the Rechiel Neuropsychopharmacological lab at MUSC for 3.5 years. Currently, Brogan is working on her Bachelor's essay on Rodent Ultrasonic Vocalizations and Oxytocin release during Empathic behavior.

Brogan is a member of the College of Charleston Honors College, CofC Kappa Alpha Theta, and recently served as the V.P. of Standards for the CofC Panhellenic Association. Her love for exploration extends beyond the sciences. In her sophomore year, Brogan studied abroad in Athens, Greece through the College of Charleston Center for International Education. Further, she loves hiking and has a bucket list goal to visit each National Park. Brogan is currently applying to medical schools and hopes one day to be an OB/GYN.

Photos from College of Charleston Department of Biology's post 02/24/2021

This week in Cell Biology: looking at photosynthesis and getting a close-up look at chloroplasts from spinach! #cofc #cofcbiology

02/23/2021

What is Plant Physiology doing? Looks like a hydroponics experiment on mineral amount differences! 🌱 #cofc #cofcbiology

What is Plant Physiology doing? Looks like a hydroponics experiment on mineral amount differences! 🌱 #cofc #cofcbiology

Timeline Photos 02/23/2021

Timeline Photos

Dean's list honoree Rebecca Cottingham is currently a sophomore Marine Biology major. She has had an internship with the South Carolina Aquarium as well as volunteered with them for three summers, from 2017 to 2019. Rebecca has acquired about 200 volunteer hours where she was able to get hands-on experience with animal species including snakes, turtles, and alligators. She also learned how to interpret information about the various animals and their exhibits to people of a variety of ages and backgrounds. Rebecca hopes to continue improving her skills with the SC aquarium once COVID has improved.

02/19/2021

Clawsome!!! This is amazing.

02/17/2021

Inkredible! #cofc #cofcbiology
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@gricelab Our next student spotlight features Jeff Good and his work with Atlantic brief squid. Be sure to take a look! #cofcgpmb #gradstudentlife #cofcgradschool #briefsquid

For his master's research, Jeff has been studying the life history and trophic ecology of the Atlantic brief squid (Lolliguncula brevis) using stable isotope signatures and statoliths (the squid equivalent of an otolith). One of the only cephalopods to live in salt and brackish water, Atlantic brief squid are a largely overlooked species that Jeff believes is an important piece of the delicate ecosystem of Charleston Harbor.

Jeff grew up in a "dirty, rusted-down, landlocked city," but he claims that the absence of the ocean and all of its wonderful mysteries drove him to pursue a career in marine science. Upon completing his Master's Degree in Marine Biology, Jeff plans to pursue a PhD in cephalopod biology so that he can continue learning about the fascinating physiology of squids. Outside of the lab, Jeff enjoys playing guitar, writing stories, watching movies, and coaching the College of Charleston Crew rowing team.

Inkredible! #cofc #cofcbiology
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@gricelab Our next student spotlight features Jeff Good and his work with Atlantic brief squid. Be sure to take a look! #cofcgpmb #gradstudentlife #cofcgradschool #briefsquid

For his master's research, Jeff has been studying the life history and trophic ecology of the Atlantic brief squid (Lolliguncula brevis) using stable isotope signatures and statoliths (the squid equivalent of an otolith). One of the only cephalopods to live in salt and brackish water, Atlantic brief squid are a largely overlooked species that Jeff believes is an important piece of the delicate ecosystem of Charleston Harbor.

Jeff grew up in a "dirty, rusted-down, landlocked city," but he claims that the absence of the ocean and all of its wonderful mysteries drove him to pursue a career in marine science. Upon completing his Master's Degree in Marine Biology, Jeff plans to pursue a PhD in cephalopod biology so that he can continue learning about the fascinating physiology of squids. Outside of the lab, Jeff enjoys playing guitar, writing stories, watching movies, and coaching the College of Charleston Crew rowing team.

Can These Hedge Trimmers With Fins Avoid a Brush With Extinction? 02/13/2021

Can These Hedge Trimmers With Fins Avoid a Brush With Extinction?

Marine Biology alumna Jasmin Graham talks about endangered sawfish in the New York Times today
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/10/science/sawfish-extinction-conservation.html?surface=home-discovery-vi-prg&fellback=false&req_id=433944932&algo=identity&variant=no-exp&imp_id=113870031&action=click&module=Science%20%20Technology&pgtype=Homepage

Can These Hedge Trimmers With Fins Avoid a Brush With Extinction? Scientists have found that sawfish are thriving in some habitats while vanishing from others.

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