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         Welcome to the Weese Lab in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Georgia College & State University.  The research of our lab focuses on the fields of population genetics, evolutionary biology and conservation. However, the interests of the lab span beyond these realms and continue to grow. Utilizing various molecular techniques, we explore a wide range of ecological and evolutionary questions regarding aquatic and marine organisms. 

Example of an anchaline habitat

Lab News:

2023- New paper out in The Journal of Coastal Research in collaboration with Drs. Sam and Christine Mutiti and their former graduate student Sam Long.
New paper alert: Recent collaboration with Dr. Burt and his students looking at microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation in chicken litter:

Georgia College marine biology students participate in study abroad program on San Salvador Island, Bahamas; check out their blog:

The Marine biology course (BIOL/ENSC 3500) and the new marine lab are in the news: "Newly-caught sea creatures at home in GCSU's Aquatic Science Center"

Spring 2023- Congratulations to undergraduate, Noah Rylee, for presenting his work on the White Tubercled Crayfish (Procambarus spiculifer) from the Oconee River drainage of Georgia at the Georgia Academy of Sciences and the Georgia College Undergraduate Research Conference
2022- New paper out in Frontiers in Marine Sciences on purpleback flying squid from the Indo-Pacific Ocean
January- New paper out identifying Nile tilapia and their hybrids in natural habitats in Hawaii.  Congratulations to co-authors and past students Jordan and Caroline.
January- The lab has moved!!!  We have officially moved into our new space in the Integrated Sciences Complex.

"The Old Lab"

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March- Undergraduate student Lewis Barr presented a research poster on behalf of the Fall 2020 Molecular Ecology Class at the Georgia College Undergraduate Research Conference.  This project utilized DNA barcoding to identify seafood products marketed in local  restaurants and supermarkets.   
September- Welcome to the lab Aleah Ostrat!!  Aleah is a sophmore biology major and  will be working on an environmental DNA project attempting to identify invertebrate communities of the Oconee River.
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September- New paper out investigating and comparing the microbial consortia of Hawaii's  anchialine ecosystem:
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April- Jordan Yacoub received an Outstanding Major Award from the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.
May: New paper out in Toxins looking at how venom duct transcriptomes of  the cone snail, Conus milarias, varies with diet:    "Effects of predator-prey interactions on predator traits:   Differentiation of diets and venoms of a marine snail."
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April 11-13: Undergraduates students Jordan Yacoub and Caroline Fowler  were at it again.  This time, they presented their research on Hawaiian tilapia and coastal crayfish at the 2019 National Undergraduate Research Conference (NCRU) conference held at Kennesaw State.
It was a busy day for the Weese Lab!!  Kevin Xiong presented a research poster on behalf of the Fall 2018 Molecular Ecology Class regarding a DNA barcoding project the class conducted on the fish of Champion Creek out at Lake Laural.  Jordan Yacoub and Caroline Fowler presented two research posters ("Incorporating Digital Imaging into the Scientific Process" and "Investigating Cryptic Diversity in the Crayfish of Coastal Georgia") and an oral presentation identifying invasive species of tilapia in Hawaii.  
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