Faith Wiley

Office: GE-2053 
Phone: 706-729-2332
Email: fwiley@augusta.edu


CLASSES TAUGHT AT Augusta University
  • BIOL 1107 & 1108: Principles of Biology I & II
  • BIOL 2111& 2112: Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • BIOL 1101:  Fundamentals of Biology
  • BIOL 1102: Environmental Science
  • BIOL 3320:  Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
  • BIOL 4950: Ecotoxicology


  • B. S. in Biological Sciences, 2001, Clemson University
  • M. S. in Environmental Toxicology, 2003, Clemson University
  • Ph. D. in Environmental Toxicology, 2007, Clemson University



Looking at the sun makes me sneeze. It's called "achoo" syndrome. (I know it sounds like I made that up but it's a real condition. Also known as photic sneeze reflex, it is a genetically inherited autosomal dominant trait).

Hummingbirds can beat their wings more than 50 times per second, producing the humming sound from which they get their name. They may also eat more than twice their body weight a day to sustain their high metabolism.

  • SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry)



My primary research interest is wildlife toxicology. I am currently involved in research on avian vacuolar myelinopathy (AVM), a neurological disease affecting bald eagles and several species of waterfowl. The cause of AVM is unknown, but is suspected to be a neurotoxin originating from a species of cyanobacteria that grows on aquatic vegetation. My research involves the development of a cell line assay that can be used in detection and study of the toxic agent. 


1. SM Harmon, FE Wiley. 2012. Effects of Pollution on Freshwater Organisms. Water Environment Research 84: 1691-1736.

2. SM Harmon, FE Wiley . 2011. Effects of Pollution on Freshwater Organisms. Water Environment Research 83: 1733-1788.

3. SM Harmon,  FE Wiley . 2010. Effects of Pollution on Freshwater Organisms. Water Environment Research 82: 1945-2000. 

4 . FE Wiley , MJ Twiner, TA Leighfield, SB Wilde, FM Van Dolah, JR Fischer, and WW Bowerman. 2009. An extract of  Hydrilla verticillata  and associated epiphytes induces avian vacuolar myelinopathy in laboratory mallards. Environmental Toxicology 24: 362-368. 

5 . FE Wiley,  SB Wilde, AH Birrenkott, SK Williams, TM Murphy, CP Hope, WW Bowerman, and JR Fischer. 2007. Investigation of the link between avian vacuolar myelinopathy and a novel species of cyanobacteria through laboratory feeding trials. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 43: 337-344. 

6. P van den Hurk,  FE Wiley , ET Lavoie, KA Grasman and WW Bowerman. 2007. Activity patterns of biotransformation enzymes in juvenile chickens after  in ovo  dosage of PCB 126. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part C 146: 301-307.

7. Bowerman, WW, AL Bryan, Jr., JR Robinette, JM Wing,  FE Wiley , and S Murugasan. 2007. Concentrations of p,p’-DDE in Plasma of Nestling Wood Storks from Georgia. Chemosphere 68: 1506-1510. 

8. Lavoie ET,  Wiley F , Grasman KA, Tillitt DE, Sikarskie JG, Bowerman WW. 2007. Effect of in ovo exposure to an organochlorine mixture extracted from double crested cormorant eggs ( Phalacrocorax auritus ) on immune function of juvenile chickens. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 53: 655-661. 

9. SB Wilde, TM Murphy, CP Hope, SK Habrun, J Kempton, A Birrenkott,  F Wiley , WW Bowerman, and AJ Lewitus. 2005. Avian vacuolar myelinopathy (AVM) linked to exotic aquatic plants and a novel cyanobacterial species. Environmental Toxicology 20: 348-353. 

10. WR Reeves,  FE Wiley , and KD Cobb. 2001. A state record for  Oligacanthorhynchus tortuosa , with a review of the primary literature. The Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 117: 258-263.