| Interdisciplinarity is challenging. I am interested in a diversity of topics ranging from the effects of stress on our body’s defense mechanisms to environmental issues such as land use policy decisions, gopher tortoise habitat and health, and education assessment. While it make take me a bit longer to bring each of these items to fruition, the product is worth the wait, and the journey is exciting and educational.
I have mentored Biology and Environmental Studies students here at FGCU. Their independent projects ranged from microbial diversity to sea turtle nesting sites, ADHD, L.A.S.I.K. surgery, incidence and study of violence in rape cases, and animal models for Muscular Dystrophy research.
Other potential opportunities for Student collaborations:
|Previous scholarly activities: My graduate research focused on the effects of acute stress on innate immunity. We proposed that as a result of the fight or flight response an organism would have increases in plasma proteins that would help them identify and destroy foreign and damaged materials. We found increases in the concentrations of 4 plasma proteins within 10 minutes of an acute handling stressor. The concentration of two of these proteins had returned to the original level by 20 minutes after the initiation of stress. One of the identified proteins is complement component C3 which helps identify and destroy bacteria and viruses.|