PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

EMILY KANE

Photo by Lacy Allred

Emily grew up in Maryland and pursued her Bachelor's of Science at Long Island University in Marine Science. Her master's work at Texas A&M University examined feeding performance in 3 species of dolphins with Dr. Chris Marshall. She then pursued a PhD with Dr. Tim Higham at the University of California, Riverside. Her work used US native sunfishes to quantify integration between locomotion and feeding. Her postdoctoral work with Dr. Cameron Ghalambor at Colorado State University was supported by a NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, where she expanded her interests into the role of integration in ecology and evolution of Trinidadian guppies. During this time she also became more involved in evolution education and outreach, and was part of a team that developed a kit program using guppies. Emily continues to pursue projects on complex performance traits as well as science education outreach. Emily also likes nerdy science t-shirts.

VISITING RESEARCHERS

DR. KORY EVANS

Kory is an integrative evolutionary biologist interested in macroevolutionary patterns of morphological diversification. The goal of his research program is to take a multifaceted and integrative approach to understanding the morphological evolution and ecology of teleost fishes (Teleostei: Actinopterygii). In the past, his research has covered a broad swath of topics including but not limited to: the relationship between biomechanical performance and trophic ecology; performance trade-offs in sexually dimorphic species; and the effect of habitat on rates of morphological evolution. Kory will be collaborating on a project using guppies in the Kane Lab.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

HANNAH COHEN

Hannah is a native Southern Californian who received her BS in Biology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. As an undergraduate she worked and researched with different labs on a diverse array of species, from elasmobranchs to polychaetes.  While interning at the Holland Lab at the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology she became interested in predator-prey dynamics and fish ecology. After graduating Hannah joined the Martinez Lab at Pomona College as a research assistant. There she worked on long-term mortality experiments on Hydra vulgaris, as well as researching and presenting on the transcriptomics of sexual differentiation and induced aging on H. oligactis. In the Kane Lab she is developing a thesis on the local adaptation of feeding kinematics in Trinidadian guppies, as well as working in conjunction with the Cox Lab on the Pond Recovery Project. In Hannah's free time she enjoys hiking, snorkeling, and reading history books. 

ANTHONY SAMPLE

Anthony will be joining us in Fall 2019!

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

WILLIAM HICKS

William is a biology major with a minor in geology. Growing up William had a passion for marine and freshwater ecosystems. One of his favorite marine creatures is the beluga whale, but guppies are definitely up there! In his free time, he enjoys hiking, caving, rock climbing, and hanging out with his family. His life goal is to become a research professor working on conservation efforts for coral reefs and marine ecosystems.

TINASHE CHITIYO

Tinashe is a student in the McNair Scholars Program and will be completing a thesis project examining guppy feeding morphology. Her work involves clearing and staining guppies.

WILLIAM RAY

William is a biology major that has helped with several projects, including the pond monitoring program. William will likely be working with our swim tunnel soon.

KRISTEN SMITH

Kristen is a biology major with an interest in organismal biology and biology outreach. Her dream job is to be a professor one day. She likes running long distance and wants to do a marathon soon. Kristen is helping with filming guppy feeding kinematics.

SOFIA PEREZ

Sofia is a biology major and is helping with filming guppy feeding kinematics. Sofia is interested in Evolutionary Psychology. 

ZACH CAPILITAN

Zach is a student At Eckerd College in FL and will be joining us for the summer 2019 ICPS-REU program. Zach will be examining guppy feeding kinematics.

NICK MCKINLEY

Nick is a biology major.

ADELLE COOK

Adelle is a Biology major with a concentration in pre-medicine and a minor in military science. She is part of the ROTC program at GSU and loves it! She loves taking care of the fish in the lab, getting ready to apply to medical school, and hanging with other cadets. 

LAUREN MCNURE

Lauren is a Biology major with a minor in chemistry. Her dream is to attend veterinary school at the University of Georgia and work with small and large animals. She loves to be outside observing animal behavior and determining the mechanisms that initiate behavior. Lauren is primarily helping with guppy care and feeding.

FORMER STUDENTS

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS

  • Elizabeth Young - GA DNR on a shark and red drum longline survey

  • Emily Mahoney

  • Lacy Allred

  • Hailey Phillips

  • Lydia Bonnell (University Honors Program)

  • Ashley Williamson

  • Victoria Martin - MS program in Biotechnology, Georgetown University

Material and images © Emily A. Kane unless otherwise noted.

Opinions are our own and do not reflect those of Georgia Southern University or our funding agencies.

All use of vertebrate animals is approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at the institution where the work was completed.

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Emily Mahoney