Bachelor's Degree(s): Florida State University
Master's Degree: Florida State University
Other Degrees: Ed.D. (Doctorate in Education), University of Georgia
My current research interests stem from my desire to understand fundamental aspects of biological diversity. These fundamental aspects include the relationships of organisms and their morphological complexity. I study these aspects using phylogenetic systematics, geometric morphometrics and other tools. These tools allow us to understand broader themes such as historical biogeography, molecular evolution, conservation and the evolution of morphological diversity. As an ichthyologist my focus is on process oriented evolutionary biology in marine fishes and pattern oriented evolutionary biology in freshwater fishes. As a systematist I use molecular and morphological tools to help discover relationships among species and resolve taxonomy in order to better understand the evolutionary history of fishes.
University of Minnesota's President's Award for Outstanding Service to the Community; The University of Minnesota's Academy of Distinguished Teachers; Morse-Alumni Award for Contributions to Undergraduate Education; Past Chair, Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC); Past Chair, Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference sponsored by Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric; Past Director, Communication across the Curriculum (CxC) at LSU, Tiger Athletic Fund Award (Honors College, LSU).
Rhetorical Women; Identity Matters: Rhetorics of Difference; New Directions in Composition
Research; Word Processors and the Writing Process; essays often published in multiple venues, including "The Master's Tools," "Discourse
and Diversity," "Freedom, Form, and Function: Varieties of Academic Discourse,” and
“ Not Just Words Any More ”; scores of research articles, and 32 monographs and technical
reports edited for the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing at the University