General Biology

Marine & Dolphin Research




Charles H. Keith, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Chair, Department of Natural Science
Key Topics
Dr. Keith joined the faculty at USCB in 2007 after devoting decades of service to the University of Georgia in Athens. While there, he collaborated with a renowned developmental neurobiologist and an equally renowned mathematician on the imaging of actual physiological neural activity in living fish.
At USCB, he is developing methods to look at both natural and induced neural signaling in fish. The collaborative research team’s techniques involve the use of microscopy to investigate natural signaling at the level of individual neural cells. This focus of research is a priority of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, a distinct institute within the National Institutes of Health.
Princeton University, B.S. in Biochemistry, 1973
University of Chicago, Ph.D. in Biophysics and Theoretical Biology, 1979
New York University Medical Center, New York, N.Y.
Assistant Research Scientist, 1982-1984
University of Georgia
Associate Professor, 1984-2007
Co-Director, Microscopy Center, 2005-2007
Professor of Biology, Chair of the Department of Natural Science, 2007
National Science Foundation
Visiting Scientist, 1992-1994
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Eric W. Montie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Department of Science & Mathematics
Key Topics
Dr. Montie is a former marine mammal field biologist. His research focuses on the intersection of marine biology, neurobiology and ecotoxicology. He can speak to the neurobiology of marine organisms—the neuro-imaging of marine mammals, the effects of chemical pollutants and marine toxins on the brain and hearing, the hearing of fish and marine mammals, and the acoustic communication of marine vertebrates.
University of Rhode Island, B.S. in Zoology, 1993
Harvard University, post-baccalaureate work in Biochemistry
Clemson University, M.S. in Environmental Toxicology, 1999
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Mass.,
                  Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography, 2006
This is a premier marine science graduate program that brings together the resources of two
                  world-class teaching institutions.
Marine Mammal Field Biologist, National Ocean Service, Charleston, S.C., 2000
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, post-doctoral investigator specializing in marine chemistry,
University of South Florida, College of Marine Science, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Post-doctoral fellow specializing in marine bioacoustics, 2007-2008
Research associate specializing in neuro-imaging and bioacoustics, 2008-2010
USCB, Assistant Professor of Biology

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Stephen A. Borgianini, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Department of Natural Science
Key Topics
Dr. Borgianini is a marine ecologist and evolutionary biologist who is probing the evolution of the transition of life forms from salt water to fresh water, and then from fresh water to a terrestrial environment. He can speak on the biology of marine organisms, marine ecology, and the ecology of the sea islands of South Carolina and Georgia.  
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, B.S. in Marine Science, 1978
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., M.S. in Biology, 1984
University of South Carolina, Ph.D. in Biology, 2008 
Scientist with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 1979 to 1987
Assistant Director of the NJDEP’s Division of Hazardous Waste Management, 1987 to 1990
Founded an interdisciplinary environmental consulting firm specializing in identifying and assessing
                  environmental and ecological risk, 1990.
Adjunct Professor, 2002
Instructor, 2007
Assistant Professor, 2009
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