004: Dr. Josh Reece: The Adventures of a Biodiversity Conservationist


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Dr. Josh Reece is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Valdosta State University in Georgia. He received his Master of Biology Degree from the University of Central Florida and his PhD in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. He then went on to do postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California at Santa Cruz and the University of Central Florida. Josh is with us today to tell us about his journey through life and science.

Josh has three primary research foci. The first builds on my MS and dissertation work and examines population genetics and phylogenetics of marine vertebrates, including sea turtles and tropical moray eels. The second is a continuation of his first postdoctoral fellowship and uses phylogenetic information to understand the evolution of morphological traits, including functional traits. The third focus is ongoing from his second postdoctoral fellowship and includes studies of the ecological impacts of climate change and sea-level rise in the southeastern United States, including approaches such as vulnerability assessments and environmental niche modeling.