I am interested in the biogeography of the Blacknosed Dace in West Virginia.
Distribution and systematics of the Blacknose dace complex in West Virginia
Rhinichthys obtusus obtusus
Rhinichthys obtusus meleagris
Blacknosed Dace are an abundant minnow found in the rapidly moving, clean streams across North America.
I worked closely with Geoffrey Smith on his Master's Degree "Morphological and molecular analyses of the
blacknose dace species complex (Genus Rhinichthys)
in a large zone of contact in West Virginia" to develop methods to amplify and sequence Mitochondrial DNA. Ms. Samantha Taylor has continued this work and is expanding it to complete her Master's Degree in Geobiophysical Modeling.
Environmental Toxicology and DNA Damage
I am interested in the affects of heavy metals in the environment on DNA damage to aquatic species such as fish and crayfish.
I worked with Ms. Yeong Nam Jeong on her thesis "Arsenic Toxicity in PLHC-1 Cell Line and the distribution of Arsenic in Central Appalachia"