Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences are very active in research and invite
students to become involved in their work. A diverse array of projects are ongoing
offering students many opportunities to get involved in scientific research and gain
practical hands-on experience.
- The endangered gopher tortoise and its habitat: tracking, monitoring, and management
- Assessment of bacterial diversity on spiders and determining their resistance to antibiotics
- A study of gene regulation at the level of transcription initiation in various bacterial
- Monitoring the diversity of fish species in local streams and at St. Catherine's Island,
- Recovery of the endangered Shoals Spider Lily
- Reproduction of blue crayfish in captivity
- Effects of pollution on reproductive physiology of fish
- A census of frog populations of aquatic habitats in South Carolina
- Aquatic turtle species composition, population evaluation, and environmental toxicology
- Nutrient Acquisition by bacteria
- E. coli as a Biomarker of Human & Animal Fecal Contamination in Streams & Rivers
- Bacterial Physiology and Identification
- Antibiotic Resistance
- Genetic and biochemical analysis of the yeast molecular motor Myo2p
- Effect of endocrine disruptors on mLTC-1 Leydig cells
- Study of the chemical and biological properties of the toxin responsible for avian
- Investigation of early neuronal genetic markers of alcoholism in rats
- Genetic requirements of microsatellite instability.
- Genetic diversity of multiple crab species along the Georgia and South Carolina coast.
- Monitoring of deer and wild hog populations along the Savannah River
- Oceanic fish diversity among barrier islands along the Georgia-lina coasts
- Diel variation in fish communities on a Georgia barrier island
- Differences in tidal creek and oceanic fish diversity on a Georgia barrier island
- Snail densities and movement in tidal salt marshes in South Carolina and Georgia barrier
- Snail plant preference in tidal salt marshes in South Carolina and Georgia barrier
- Macroinvertebrate diversity in Butler Creek as an indicator of stream health
Why should you get involved in undergraduate research?
There are multiple benefits to being involved in undergraduate research. By conducting
research you get increased interactions with faculty members. Students gain confidence
in their knowledge of biology and develop particle research skills in a "hands-on"
manner. Additionally, research helps develop a student's ability to solve problems
and think creatively.
Most research students take ownership of their undergraduate education and note that
the experience was very helpful for getting a "real job."
Besides conducting research, Augusta University students have many opportunities
to present their research on campus and at regional and national meetings. Throughout
the year the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship hosts the Brown Bag Series where Augusta University students from all disciplines
present their findings. Once a year, the Augusta University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi
hosts an campus wide research conference where students present their finds both in
poster format and oral presentations to the Augusta community. Additionally many Augusta
University Biology Majors have attended both regional and national meetings including,
the Georgia Academy of Sciences Conference, the Association of Southeast Biologists
Meeting, and the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) Meeting, and the
Southeast Regional Yeast Meeting just to name a few.