Eric W. Montie, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Biology
Department of Science & Mathematics
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Hilton Head Gateway Campus
Eric W. Montie, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Biology at USCB. His research interests lie at the intersection of marine biology, neurobiology and ecotoxicology.
Montie earned a B.S. degree in Zoology at the University of Rhode Island in 1993, then embarked upon post-baccalaureate studies in Biochemistry at Harvard University. He received an M.S. degree in Environmental Toxicology at Clemson University in 1999.
After earning his master’s degree, Montie worked from 1999 to 2000 as a marine mammal field biologist at the National Ocean Service in Charleston, S.C.
In 2006, Montie earned a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass. The MIT-WHOI Joint Program is a premier marine science graduate program that brings together the resources of two world-class teaching institutions.
From 2006 to 2007, Dr. Montie served as a post-doctoral investigator specializing in marine chemistry with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. From 2007 to 2008, he was a post-doctoral fellow specializing in marine bioacoustics at the College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, in St. Petersburg. From 2008 to 2010, he served as a research associate at USF specializing in neuro-imaging and bioacoustics.
In 2011, he was appointed an Assistant Professor of Biology at USCB.
Dr. Montie’s research interests involve the neurobiology of marine organisms, specifically 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.
His research program uses neuro-imaging, auditory evoked potentials and passive acoustics to gain a better understanding of the structure of the brain, hearing and acoustic communication of fish and marine mammals. He is particularly interested in how anthropogenic chemicals, harmful algal blooms and noise pollution may affect the sensory and neurobiology of marine wildlife.
Dr. Montie teaches Neurobiology and Icthyology.