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Department of Biology
1000 W. Cary St.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA 23284-2012


 

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James M. (Clint) Turbeville

Principal Investigator
jmturbeville@vcu.edu

Research interests: Morphology, phylogeny, phylogeography, species delimitation and natural history of nemerteans (Nemertea).

Education:

B.Sc., Zoology (1980), Clemson University
Ph.D. Zoology (1986), Clemson University

Postdoctoral Positions: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute,
Indiana University, 
University of Michigan

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Lindsey Dahlquist.  Lindsey is using molecular markers to infer if the morphologically similar hoplonemerteans  Prosorhochmus claparedii and Prosorhochmus americanus are separate species.

Nguyen (Kyle) Tran.  Kyle is assessing the potential of nuclear markers for delimiting Nemertopsis species.

Dorothy Yen.  Dorothy is initiating a study of the phylogeography of the hoplonemertean Emplectonema gracile.

FORMER GRADUATE STUDENTS

SerenaMaine Serena A. Caplins
M.S., Biology (2013), Virginia Commonwealth University

Thesis: “Impact of Self-Fertilization on Fecundity, the Timing of First Reproduction, and Population Genetic Structure: Is a Mate Worth the Wait?”

Serena also contributed to a variety of other projects, including an assessment of activity patterns and feeding behavior of Prosorhochmus nelsoni, and analyses of morphological and molecular variation in Nemertopsis bivittata.  She is currently a PhD student in Population Biology at the University of California, Davis.

TylerTyler Spindle
M.S., Biology (2013), Virginia Commonwealth University

Thesis: “Confocal Microscopy Study of the Viviparous Hoplonemertean, Prosorhochmus americanus.”  Tyler teaches biology and invertebrate zoology laboratories in the Department of Biology at VCU.

Cora Runnels
M.S., Biology (2013), Virginia Commonwealth University

Thesis: “Phylogeography and Species Status of Ramphogordius sanguineus.”  Cora is an adjunct faculty member in biology at John Tyler Community College.

Alexander (Sasha) Tulchinsky
M.S., Biology (2006), Virginia Commonwealth University

Thesis: “Phylogeography of Marine Meiofaunal Nemerteans of the Ototyphlonemertes fila Species Complex.”  Sasha is a PhD student in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Department of Biology
1000 W. Cary St.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA 23284-2012

 

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