Jessica Reichmuth

 

CLASSES TAUGHT AT Augusta University
  • BIOL 1102 Introduction to Environmental Biology
  • BIOL 1107 Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1108 Principles of Biology II
  • BIOL 3100 Zoology
  • BIOL 4120 Community Field Ecology
  • BIOL 4540 Marine Ecology
  • BIOL 4950 Biology of Pollution

 

EDUCATIONAL/CAREER BACKGROUND
  • 2009 - PhD. Biological Sciences (Ecology & Evolution track) Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
  • 2006 - M.S. Biological Sciences Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
  • 2002 - B.S. Biology, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC
  • 2001- B.S. Marine Science Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC

 

FUN FACT(S)

I am a huge Bruce Springsteen fan; one year, I saw two concerts in three months time.

Twenty percent of all marine crustaceans caught and farmed are crabs. That makes over 1.5 million tonnes consumed each year worldwide.


MEMBERSHIP TO BIOLOGY SOCIETIES
  • Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
  • New England Estuarine Research Society
  • Atlantic Estuarine Research Society
  • Southeastern Estuarine Research Society
  • The Crustacean Society

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Behavioral ecology and ecotoxicology of freshwater and marine invertebrates; marine/freshwater population ecology; marine/freshwater community ecology.

In the past, I have conducted studies in both the laboratory and field to find answers to questions involving animal behavior (predator avoidance, aggression, and prey capture), food web complexity (stomach content analysis), metal uptake (metals analysis of hepatopancreas and muscle tissue), and population genetics (microsatellite analysis).

Currently, I have students investigating population and community ecology of marine organisms.


CURRENT UNDERGRADUATE PROJECTS AND STUDENTS
  • Assessment of Noyes Cut on the Satilla River Estuary: A collaborative effort among five faculty members (Drs. Jessica Reichmuth, Bruce Saul, Chris Bates, Stacy Bennetts, and Amy Abdulovic-Cui) within our department in addition to GA DNR scientists and Georgia Southern faculty. We want to understand how a man-made cut is affecting fish assemblages, invertebrate and plant communities, and genetic diversity in addition to water quality and water chemistry of the Satilla River Estuary. Students involved: Shandon Johnson, Alyssa Outhwaite, Erik Neff, Chanel Young, Johnny Umoh, Brianna James, Jessica Bowles, Adrienne Kambouris, Montel Hughes
  • Fish diversity: Long-term study investigating fish communities along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts. We are trying to determine who and how many are present, when and if they stay in the area long term and can water quality be correlated with this data. Students involved: Alyssa Outhwaite, Erik Neff
  • Crustacean population genetics: In collaboration with Dr. Amy Abdulovic-Cui, we are investigating population genetics of Georgia and South Carolina populations (Hunting Island, SC & Fort Pulaski/Tybee Island, GA) of blue crabs, speckled crabs, and hermit crabs using the genetic variation within the COX1 gene and the 16S rRNA gene encoded in the mtDNA. Students involved: Montel Hughes
  • Endocrine disruption: In collaboration with Drs. Chris Bates and Jennifer Cannon, we are investigating the possibility that crustaceans may be exposed to endocrine disrupting chemicals. Molecular expression will be used to determine this. Students involved: Jennifer Mercer
  • Biofilms and bait fish: In collaboration with Dr. Chris Bates, we are investigating the microorganisms found in the water column, sediment fish along the southeastern Atlantic coast.

 

FORMER RESEARCH STUDENTS AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING NOW

CJ Best, NOAA North Pacific Groundfish Observer
Michael Nakama, M.S. Graduate Program, Nova Southeastern University
Jennifer Güt M.S. Graduate Program, Savannah State University


PRESENTATIONS

Best, C., B. Saul, and J.M. Reichmuth. 2013. Comparing bait fish among three barrier islands of the Georgia-Carolina coastal region. Southeastern Estuarine Research Society Spring Meeting. Charleston, SC (Oral).

Gieseking, M. and J.M. Reichmuth. 2013. Do they stay or do they go now? A study of site fidelity among three species of marine fishes. Southeastern Estuarine Research Society Spring Meeting. Charleston, SC (Oral).

Mannix, S., A. Hammack, A. Coleman, A.L. Abdulovic-Cui, and J.M. Reichmuth. Population genetics of three crab species along the southeastern Atlantic coast. Southeastern Estuarine Research Society Spring Meeting. Charleston, SC (Oral* Won Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation Award).

Young, C. and J.M. Reichmuth. 2013. A snail’s pace: Density, movement, and food choice of the marsh periwinkle.  Southeastern Estuarine Research Society Spring Meeting. Charleston, SC (Poster). 

Jonske, K., C. Best, M. Gieseking, A. Shultz, B. Saul, and J.M. Reichmuth. 2012. Goin’ fishin’: Oceanic fish diversity among three barrier island systems in along the southeastern coast of the United States. SEERS Spring Meeting, NC State Center of Marine Science and Technology/Duke University Marine Lab. Beaufort, NC (Poster).

Johnson, D., S. Morgan, and J.M. Reichmuth. 2012. Snail density and health of Spartina alterniflora in two salt marsh systems along the southeastern coast of the United States. SEERS Spring Meeting, Beaufort, NC (Poster Won Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation Award).

Tran, C., M. Nakama, C. Best, M. Ayer, L. Coursey, A. Joyce, and J.M. Reichmuth. 2012. Bugs & Muck: An investigation of stream macroinvertebrate diversity and water quality in Raes Creek in Augusta, GA. Georgia Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA (Poster)

 

PUBLICATIONS

Reichmuth, J.M., M. Y. Nakama, C. Best, and C. Tran. What do stream macroinvertebrates and water quality have in common? A survey of stream macroinvertebrate diversity and water quality in Raes Creek (in preparation). 

Reichmuth, J.M., R. Harvey, and J.S. Weis. Size and growth (as a function of lipofuscin) in populations of blue crab (Callinectes sapidus Rathbun) from contaminated and clean estuaries in New Jersey. (in review: Estuaries and Coasts)

Weis, J.S., L. Bergey, J. Reichmuth, and A. Candelmo. 2011. Living in a contaminated estuary: behavioral changes and ecological consequences for five species. Bioscience. 61: 375-385.

Reichmuth, J.M., J. MacDonald, J. Ramirez, and J.S. Weis. 2011. Fight or flight: An investigation of aggressive behavior and predator avoidance in contaminated and reference populations of blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus Rathbun) in New Jersey. Hydrobiologia. 658: 173-182. 

Reichmuth, J.M., P. Weis and J.S. Weis. 2010. Bioaccumulation and depuration of metals in blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus Rathbun) from a contaminated and clean estuary in New Jersey. Environmental Pollution. 158: 361-368.

Reichmuth, J.M., R. Roudez, T. Glover and J.S. Weis. 2009. Differences in prey capture behavior in populations of blue crab (Callinectes sapidus Rathbun) from contaminated and clean estuaries in New Jersey. Estuaries and Coasts. 32: 298-308. 

INTERESTING WEBSITES

Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation
Southeastern Estuarine Research Society
The Crustacean Society 
Georgia Aquarium Critter Cam
Monterey Bay Aquarium Critter Cam
The Blue Crab Archives
International Union for the Conservation of Nature