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Senior Lecturer
Year Started at JMU: 2012
Contact Info

Research Description

I am interested in answering questions related to biodiversity monitoring, species detection, species identification, and disease ecology using a combination of field, molecular, and bioinformatic techniques. Model systems include (1) amphibian chytridiomycosis, a disease linked to global amphibian population declines and (2) biodiversity monitoring in local areas such as the JMU arboretum and Shenandoah National Park. I am also interested in using DNA barcoding to integrate authentic research experiences into large enrollment introductory bio courses and demonstrate how tools from disparate fields like molecular biology, field biology, and bioinformatics can contribute to species conservation.

  • Organisms (BIO114)
  • Ecology and Evolution (BIO124)
  • Teaching in Biology (BIO492)
  • Foundations in Biology I (BIO140)
  • Foundations in Biology II (BIO150)
  • Foundations I Lab: DNA Barcoding (BIO427) 
  • PhD in Biology, 2012, Arizona State University
  • BS in Biology, 2004, University of Colorado Boulder
Select Publications
  • Hyman OJ, Doyle EA, Harsh J, Mott J, Pesce A, Rasoul B*, Seifert K, and Enke RA 2019. CURE-all: Large Scale Implementation of Authentic DNA Barcoding Research into First-Year Biology Curriculum. CourseSource. doi: 10.24918/cs.2019.10
  • Bales EK*, Hyman OJ, Loudon AH*, Harris RN, Lipps G, Chapman E, et al. (2015) Pathogenic Chytrid Fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, but Not B. salamandrivorans, Detected on Eastern Hellbenders. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0116405. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0116405
  • O.J. Hyman and J.P. Collins (2012) Evaluation of a filtration based method for detecting Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in natural bodies of water. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 97: 185-195. doi:10.3354/dao02423

*indicates student co-author

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