Department of Biology and Marine Biology is located in Dobo Hall, Room 102

2009-2010 New Faculty Profiles

Department of Biology and Marine Biology

Zachary T. LongDr. Zachary T. Long, Assistant Professor, while earning his M.S. studied the dynamics of an old growth forest in north western Pennsylvania. From there, he moved to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where his Ph. D. research used freshwater microbial systems to investigate the causes and consequences of species diversity. After obtaining his Ph. D., Zachary moved to the Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, North Carolina. Here, he extended the insights from his Ph. D. to investigate macroalgal communities and their consumers and to the restoration of coastal dune terrestrial plant communities. Zachary then moved to McGill University to accept a post doctoral position in theoretical ecology. At UNC Wilmington, Zachary is excited to bring together his past experiences in coastal plant communities, experimental ecology, and theoretical ecology to establish a research program that addresses basic questions in ecology that will aid our understanding of coastal habitats. He hopes this work will allow for more effective conservation and restoration of this ecosystem. Zachary is also very excited about the opportunity to bring his broad experience into the classroom. He believes that his varied background, both in systems studied and techniques used, will allow him to effectively teach courses ranging from introductory biology and ecology through graduate courses specializing on coastal plant communities.

Sonya PyottDr. Sonya Pyott, Assistant Professor, received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, with honors in both Biology and Chemistry, from Penn State University in 1999. As a Fulbright Scholar, she studied abroad at the Max Planck Institute in Goettingen, Germany. She then earned her Ph. D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University in 2006 and afterward completed postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University. Sonja’s research in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at UNCW focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular basis of hearing and utilizes a variety of techniques. She has been actively involved teaching cell biology at the undergraduate level and will be teaching human anatomy and physiology.

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