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Biological Sciences Graduate Admissions:Programs of Study: The graduate programs in Zoology (Biological Sciences) and Microbiology offer the MS and Ph.D. degrees. The Zoology program offers specializations in: (1) Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2) Cell and Developmental Biology (3) Comparative Organismal Biology The Microbiology program offers specializations in: (1) Cellular and Physiological Microbiology (2) Microbial Genetics and Molecular Microbiology (3) Environmental Microbiology Applying to the Graduate Programs in Zoology or Microbiology: The first, and most important, step in applying to one of the graduate degree programs in Biological Sciences is to identify and contact a faculty member with whom you have similar research interests and discuss potential opportunities in his or her lab for graduate research. Students are not admitted to either the Zoology or Microbiology degree programs without a faculty member having indicated willingness to serve as Major Advisor. Information concerning opportunities in specific fields of study and faculty research interests, including email contact information, is found at http://www.clemson.edu/biosci/graduate/interests.htm.
Michael J. Childress, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Florida State University, 1995. Behavioral ecology, marine ecology, comparative sociobiology, invertebrate zoology, animal behavior, communication, evolutionary biology. (http://www.clemson.edu/~mchildr/E-mail: [email protected])
James M. Colacino, Associate Professor, Ph.D., State University of New York, 1973. Comparative respiratory and circulatory physiology; Invertebrate hemoglobin function. Mathematical models of physiological systems. (E-mail: [email protected])
Saara J. DeWalt, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2003. Population ecology and genetics of invasive plants; community ecology of woody plants with emphasis on lianas (woody vines); tropical ecology. (E-mail: [email protected])
Research Interests:Our Lab has a Web site we would like you to visit.My main research interests lie at the intersection of behavioral ecology, population genetics and speciation. Specifically, I am interested in processes that control genetic divergence among populations and the contributions of these processes to local adaptation and speciation. My work investigates mechanisms causing divergence among natural populations and addresses questions regarding gene flow and its influence on phylogenetic relationships among populations and closely related species. In my research, I apply molecular techniques to phylogeny reconstruction and use these phylogenies to address a variety of issues of significance in evolutionary ecology.
Ptacek, M.B., M.J. Childress and M.M. Kittell. In press. Characterizing the mating behaviours of the Tamesí molly, Poecilialatipunctata: a sailfin with shortfin morphology. Animal Behaviour.
Kittell, M.M., M.N. Harvey, S. Contraras Balderas, and M.B. Ptacek. In press. Wild-caught hybrids between sailfin and shortfin mollies (Poeciliidae, Poecilia: Mollienesia): morphological and molecularverification. Hidrobiologica.
Jones, M.T., S.R. Voss, M.B. Ptacek, D.W. Weisrock, and D.W. Tonkyn. 2005. River drainages and phylogeography: An evolutionary significant lineage of shovel-nosed salamander (Desmognathus marmoratus) in the southern Appalachians. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
Ptacek, M. B. 2002. Patterns of inheritance of mating signals in interspecific hybrids between sailfin and shortfin mollies (Poeciliidae: Poecilia: Mollienesia). In W. J. Etges and M. A. F. Noor, eds., Genetics of Mate Choice: From Sexual Selection to Sexual Isolation, Invited participant, Genetica, 116(2-3):329-342.
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Department of Biological Sciences
Interested in pursuing of Ph.D. or Masters degree in marine invertebrate ecology, conservation, or evolution? This may be the place for you. The Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University is a large and growing group of organismally-oriented scientists who are interested in many aspects of evolutionary biology, ecology, functional morphology, and physiology. Access to marine facilities through the Baruch Institute is available, and we have marine colleagues in the department and at other South Carolina institutions such as USC and the College of Charleston.
Information about graduate degrees in the department is available here and here. If you are interested in applying specifically to the moran laboratory, please contact me in advance; I'd like to hear from you. Your degree of "fit" with laboratory interests is very important, and of course there is not space for new students every year.
Guidelines used by GAC for Graduate Programs Admission Acceptability:
GRE score: A combined score of 1100 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE and an Analytical Writing score of ≥ 4.0.
GPA: A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 from undergraduate degree institution and Master's degree institution (if applicable).
TOEFL (international students): ≥ 89th percentile; Minimum score of 600 (out of 677) from paper exam or 267 (out of 300) from online exam.
Strong letters from recommenders that speak to an applicants academic skills and research potential: 3 required for Ph.D. applicants; 2 required for M.S. applicants.
In addition, the Zoology program has the following undergraduate course requirements: Calculus (1 semester) Inorganic Chemistry (2 semesters) Physics (2 semesters) Organic Chemistry (2 semesters) Plant Diversity (1 semester) Animal Diversity (1 semester) Genetics (1 semester) Evolutionary Biology (1 semester) At least one course in the following: Cell and Molecular Biology, Physiology and Structural Biology, Ecology and Animal Behavior.
In addition, the Microbiology Program has the following undergraduate course requirements:Calculus (1 semester) Inorganic Chemistry (2 semesters) Physics (2 semesters) Organic Chemistry (2 semesters) Genetics (1 semester) Biological Sciences (1 semester)