People in our Lab

Amy L. Moran, Ph.D.
Curriculum Vitae               Publications

Human activities in the sea are triggering a rapid and unprecedented decline in the natural resources of the ocean. For many species the impact of human activities and environmental degradation on the adult life history stages are fairly well understood, but very little is known of the fate of larval stages. I study the physiological and morphological adaptations of larvae and juveniles to different environmental conditions, and the implications of these for larval survival, dispersal, and recruitment into adult populations. My research also focuses on identifying the fundamental evolutionary and ecological forces that have driven the tremendous diversity of life history modes seen today among marine organisms.

Dr. Amy Moran

Justin McAlister, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral researcher emeritus
Curriculum Vitae               Publications

My research focuses on discerning how natural and anthropogenic-induced environmental variation is associated with differences in the expression and evolution of morphological and developmental phenotypes among closely related organisms.  Marine invertebrate larvae are great organisms to use to address these topics because there is much diversity in morphology and life history modes across taxa.  One of my goals as a Postdoc in the Moran Lab is to acquire a skill set of physiological and biochemical analyses that I can use to broaden my research, i.e. make more integrative, into the nature of phenotypes and larval life histories.  I received my Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2007, my M.S. from U. South Carolina in 1998, and my B.S. from U. Richmond in 1996. 

Current position: Assistant professor at the Unversity of the Holy Cross


Justin McAlister
Chris Shields

Chris Shields
Master's Student Emeritus

Chris graduated with his Master's degree from Clemson in 2009 and is currently working as the Assessment Coordinator at the National Evoluntionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) in Durham, NC. His research focuses on examining phylogenetic relationships among nudibranch molluscs from the Antarctic. The objective is to use this phylogenetic tree to help answer comparative evolutionary questions concerning how adults and egg masses are physiologically and physically adapted to different oxygen and temperature regimes.  Chris' work also involves measuring metabolism in invertebrate larvae in order to compare the physiology of temperate and polar species during development.  Chris received his BA in Biology and Marine Sciences from UNC – Chapel Hill in 2004.



Sam Crickenberger
Ph.D Candidate

Sam did his Bachelor’s degree at the College of Charleston where he worked on recruitment of fouling communities in Erik Sotka’s lab.  Sam's current work focuses on the ecology and evolution of marine invertebrates and how early life history influences the fate of these animals.  Current research interests include implications of climate change on larval quality and the role of temperature in setting polar range limits of both native and invasive species.  

Sam Crickenberger
Beth Whitehill

Beth Whitehill
Ph.D. completed December 2012

Beth received her MS degree in Biological Sciences from Florida Atlantic University, with her research centering on the comparative visual ecology of juvenile and adult deep-sea crustaceans (completed at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute under Dr. Tammy Frank). Her research interests include the life history of marine invertebrates and larval ecology, and she hopes to work on research involving carryover effects in different life history stages of inverts while at Clemson, as well as other related topics that she hasn't thought about yet. She received her BS in Biology in 2005 from Illinois Wesleyan University.



Lindsay Clark
Undergraduate Researcher emerita

Lindsay, a senior in Biological Sciences, joined the lab in May 2007.  She is contributing to several projects including (1) raising sea urchin larvae and exploring their physiological responses to low oxygen, and (2) performing morphological analyses of shells from Caribbean and eastern Pacific clams from Central America to see how larval life histories have evolved since closure of the Central American Isthmus.


Lindsay Clark
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Bruce Miller

Bruce Miller, M.S.
Honorary Lab Member (Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife)

Bruce is a member of our Antarctic research team (B-004-M) which traveled to McMurdo Station for 2 months this winter to study Southern Ocean invertebrate physiology. He will also be joining us for the 2007-2008 season, again as both a diver and research assistant. Bruce lives and works in OR for the Department of Fish & Wildlife as a Fish Research Biologist and has over 30 years of scientific diving experience.



Erika Schreiber, M.S.
Lab member emerita

Erika, who now works as an Ecologist for Earth Tech in Greenville, S.C., spent two wonderful years working in the lab as a Research Associate. Joining the lab soon after Amy's arrival at Clemson, Erika's background in Environmental Toxicology hadn't prepared her for all the fun she was about to have with invertebrate larvae and nudibranch egg masses! The projects she worked on gave her experience imaging the larval shells of bivalves using SEM, imaging nudibranch egg masses, rearing invertebrate larvae and measuring respiration, and traveling to Tobago, Jamaica, Washington, and for specimen collection. Her two years went by too fast and she misses Clemson very much!


Erika Schreiber
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