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Office - Bioscience 3028C
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Courses: 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)

Research InterestsBiodiversity monitoring, eDNA species detection, DNA barcoding, STEM Education, Course embedded research experiences (CUREs),  Disease Ecology, Herpetology, Mycology, Amphibian Conservation

I am interested in answering questions related to biodiversity monitoring, species detection, species identification, and disease ecology using a combination of field, molecular, statistical, 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.

Hyman OJ and Collins JP (2015) Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis dynamics in an isolated Northen Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens) population in Arizona. Herpetological Review 46; 535-537.

Bales EK*, Hyman OJ, Loudon AH, Harris RN, Lipps G, Chapman E, et al. (2015) Pathogenic Chytrid FungusBatrachochytrium dendrobatidis, but Not B. salamandrivorans, Detected on Eastern Hellbenders. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0116405. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0116405

Schmidt BR, Kéry M, Ursenbacher S, Hyman OJ and Collins JP (2013) Site occupancy models in the analysis of environmental DNA presence/absence surveys: A case study of an emerging amphibian pathogen. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4: 646-653. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12052

Hyman OJ and Collins JP (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

*Undergraduate author

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