Biological oceanographer Adam Greer has joined the faculty of University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and the UGA Dept. of Marine Sciences as an assistant professor.
Greer received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his Ph.D. in marine biology and fisheries from the University of Miami. Prior to joining UGA Skidaway Institute, he was an assistant research professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Greer’s research focuses on tiny animals adrift in the world’s oceans known as zooplankton.
“This remarkable community of organisms is of scientific and societal relevance for two main reasons,” Greer said. “Many groups, such as copepods, are an important food source for economically important fish species, and almost all marine organisms spend at least a portion of their life cycle within the planktonic realm, where they interact with the ocean currents and other organisms.”
Much of Greer’s research involves the deployment of specialized, high tech, imaging instruments into the marine environment to try to answer some of the fundamental questions in zooplankton ecology.