Sean T. Giery
Graduate Student, Zoology
2009 – M.S., Botany, University of Hawaii
2002 – B.S., Biology, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
Research InterestsMy dissertation research focuses on the evolutionary differentiation of sexual selection and communication systems in the wild. I use a model system of mosquitofish populations occurring in natural and human-altered environment to investigate how anthropogenic ecological change might be driving evolutionary divergence in a visual signaling system used in courtship displays. More generally, this research program illustrates how human-mediated ecological change can drive adaptive and non-adaptive evolutionary responses in wild populations. The overarching goal is to raise awareness of the fuller range of consequences that anthropogenic change incurs. Other active research topics include food-web ecology, communication theory, and natural history miscellany.
Araújo, M.S., R.B. Langerhans, S.T. Giery and C.A. Layman. 2014. Ecosystem fragmentation drives increased diet variation in an endemic live-bearing fish of The Bahamas. Ecology and Evolution. (in press)
Gallagher, A.J., D.S. Shiffman, N. Hammerschlag and S.T. Giery. 2014. Evolved for extinction: the cost and conservation implications of specialization in hammerhead sharks. BioScience.
Lemoine, N.P., S.T. Giery and D.E. Burkepile. 2014. Differing nutritional constraints of consumers across ecosystems. Oecologia. 174:1367-1376.
Giery, S.T., N.P. Lemoine, C.M. Hammerschlag-Peyer, R.N. Abbey-Lee and C.A. Layman. 2013. Bidirectional trophic linkages couple canopy and understorey food webs. Functional Ecology 27: 1436–1441.
Giery, S.T. 2013. First records of the corn snake (Pantherophis guttata) from Abaco Island, The Bahamas, and notes their current distribution in the greater Caribbean region. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians, Conservation and Natural History. 20(1): 36-39.
Luzar, J.B., K.M. Silvius, H. Overman, S.T. Giery, J.M. Read and J.M.V. Fragoso. 2011. Large-scale environmental monitoring by indigenous peoples. BioScience. 61(10):771-781.
Read, J.M., J.M.V. Fragoso, K.M. Silvius, J. Luzar, H. Overman, A. Cummings, S.T. Giery and L.F. de Oliveira. 2010. Space Place and Hunting Patterns among Indigenous Peoples of the Guyanese Rupununi Region. Journal of Latin American Geography. 9(3) 213-243.
Giery, S.T. and R.S. Ostfeld. 2007. The Role of Lizards in the Ecology of Lyme Disease in Two Endemic Zones of the Northeastern United States. Journal of Parasitology. 93(3): 511-517.