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.
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.
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.
September- New paper out investigating and comparing the microbial consortia of Hawaii's anchialine ecosystem:
April- Jordan Yacoub received an Outstanding Major Award from the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.
December 14th- Congratulations to Caroline Folwer!! Caroline has graduated and will be starting PA school at Augusta University in May.
June 17th- Congratulations to Daquille Peppers for successfully defending his masters thesis!!
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."
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.
March 15-16: Undergraduate students, Caroline Fowler and Jordan Yacoub, recently presented a poster on the population structure of Georgia Crayfish at the Georgia Academy of Sciences meeting at the University of North Georgia in Gainesville, GA. They also spoke on their work identifying species of invasive tilapia in Hawaii.