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.

KASSIE FORD

Kassie is currently a fourth year doctoral student in Dr. James Albert's lab at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her dissertation research is focused on convergent evolution of craniofacial morphologies in electric fishes from South America and Africa. Her main areas of interest include the macroevolution of functional morphology and feeding biomechanics.  Using multiple techniques, she plans to investigate skull shape and function in these two groups.  Further, she can identify if novel evolutionary traits associated with feeding are present in these species of fish. Kassie will be visiting the lab to film feeding behaviors in knifefish.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

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.

WILLIAM RAY

William Ray is Biology major and Geology minor. His research interests include riverine and marine ecology and he has a passion for conservation. In his free time he enjoys Scuba diving, fishing and hunting, and loves exercising and working in the outdoors. In the future he would like to continue researching aquatic systems and hopes to have an impact in preserving ecosystems and their inhabitants.

SOFIA PEREZ

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

DIXIE ARMSTRONG

Dixie is a Biology major. Dixie will be leading a project examining feeding behaviors in local sunfish species.

CALLIE FALCIGLIA

Callie is a Biology major participating in the new Incorporation of Freshmen in Research for Early Experience (IFREE) program as part of her First Year Experience course. Callie will be working with Dixie on a project examining feeding behaviors in local sunfish species.

FORMER STUDENTS

GRADUATE STUDENTS

  • Hannah Cohen

    • Thesis: The role of local adaptation on biting performance in Trinidadian guppies​

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS

  • Elizabeth Young - GA DNR 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

  • Nick McKinley

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.

Proudly created with Wix.com

Ashley Williamson