Curriculum vitae

LORI TOLLEY-JORDAN, Ph.D.

Department of Biology

Jacksonville State University

Phone: 256.782.5964

E-mail: ljordan@jsu.edu 

EDUCATION

2008       Ph.D. Biological Sciences, The University of Alabama

Dissertation Title:  Biology of Pleuroceridae (Gastropoda: Caenogastropoda) in the Cahaba River Basin, Alabama USA, under the direction of Dr. Alexander Huryn.

2000       M.Sc. Aquatic Biology, Southwest Texas State University*

Thesis Title:  Distribution, abundance, and drift rates of in-stream flow indicator insects in three riffles along the Guadalupe River, Texas, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Arsuffi.  *Renamed as Texas State University, 2004.

1997       B.Sc. Biology, The University of Arkansas (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) Minor: Environmental Soil and Water Science

                Honors Thesis Title:  Quality and quantity of seston above and below riffles and in streams which differ in silvicultural management intensities, under the direction of Dr. Arthur Brown.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Understanding patterns in freshwater invertebrate biodiversity through studies of natural history, taxonomy, systematics, and ecology.  I am interested in the roles of imperiled species, invasive species, and parasite-host relationships in driving diversity patterns of invertebrates within and among aquatic systems.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2011-present     Assistant Professor, Jacksonville State University, Department of Biology, Jacksonville Alabama.  Invertebrate Zoologist. 

2009-2010            Instructor, Birmingham-Southern College, Department of Biological Sciences- Birmingham, Alabama (adjunct faculty).  I taught Explorations in Biology (lecture and laboratory), a course for non-biology major undergraduate students focused on principles of ecology from genes to ecosystems in lecture and evaluating biodiversity using the scientific method in the laboratory.

2003-2008            Ph.D. Research, The University of Alabama, Department of Biological Sciences- Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Research included taxonomic re-evaluation of freshwater periwinkles (Gastropoda: Pleuroceridae) of the Cahaba River Basin, Alabama through review of historical literature and implementation of molecular techniques. I developed a catalogue used for identification of snails using nominal species from historic literature.  I evaluated the influence of increased urban land cover (using GIS) on Pleuroceridae diversities and on in situ growth of Elimia cahawbensis (Pleuroceridae) in headwater streams. 

2006-2007            Funded Externship through the National Science Foundation: Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program conducted at the North Carolina State Museum- Raleigh, North Carolina, under the direction of Dr. Arthur Bogan.  Developed a picture catalogue of pleurocerid snails for the Cahaba River, Alabama.  Identified, curated, catalogued and updated the museum database for Cahaba River snails housed at the museum. I also assisted museum staff with the curation of other mollusks housed at the museum.

2001-2003            Fisheries Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center- San Marcos, Texas.  Designed and implemented a research project to study the life cycle of a parasite that causes gill damage to the federally endangered Fountain Darter and designed and implemented temperature experiments on the federally endangered Texas wild rice.  Maintained a refugium for Texas wild rice, gave tours of the facility, assisted staff biologists in use of statistical methods, and reviewed articles for publication.

2000       Environmental Specialist II, Turner Collie & Braden - San Antonio, Texas.   Assisted in preparation of NEPA-like documents in support projects contracted with or performed by Turner Collie & Braden.  Researched, collected, analyzed biological data, and incorporated data appropriate to environmental assessments. 

1998-1999            Technician, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - San Marcos, Texas.  Processed and identified aquatic macroinvertebrates; participated in fieldwork requiring collection of fishes and invertebrates

1997       Water Quality Lab Technician, The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.  

FUNDING

2014-2015            Tolley-Jordan, L., "Identifying Trematode parasites of freshwater snails (Pleuroceridae: Elimia)” in Northeast Alabama Streams, Sponsored by Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville State University, $1,500.00

2013-2014            Tolley-Jordan, L., Testing the morphological species concept in a widespread freshwater snail (Elimia carinifera) that occurs in isolated, spring-fed streams. "Faculty Research Grant," Sponsored by Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville State University, $2,496.00

2012-2013            Tolley-Jordan, L. Meade, M., Murdock, C., and J. Triplett, Active Science for Active Minds: Hands-on Science in the AL Outdoors Sponsored by Legacy, Inc. Partners in Environmental Education, $9,995.00.

Tolley-Jordan, L., The importance of decomposing animals in terrestrial food webs. "Faculty Research Grant," Sponsored by Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville State University, $2,000.00

2011-2012            Tolley-Jordan, L., Freshwater invertebrate biodiversity in the Little River, Alabama: significance of the nation’s longest mountaintop river to a global freshwater diversity hotspot. "Faculty Research Grant," Sponsored by Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville State University, $2,876.00

FELLOWSHIPS

2003-2008            National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) in Interdisciplinary Freshwater Studies, The University of Alabama; Dr. Amelia K. Ward, PI (NSF: DGE9972180)

2003-2004            Ecology and Systematics Enhancement Fellowship, The University of Alabama

1998-2000            Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Foundation Fellowship, Southwest Texas State University

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2011-present     Assistant Professor:  BY 101/102- Introduction to Biology Lecture, BY 332- General Ecology, BY 370- Introduction to Research, BY 379- Biology Internship, BY 327/427- Independent Undergraduate Research, BY 438/438G-Freshwater Biology, BY 442/442G- General Entomology, BY 443/443G-Medical Entomology, BY 478/478G- Invertebrate Zoology, BY 496- Senior Seminar, BY 489 Laboratory Practicum, BY 598/599-Thesis

2009-2010            Adjunct Instructor: Explorations in Biology Lecture and Laboratory, Birmingham-Southern College, Department of Biological Sciences.

2007       Graduate Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Biology Laboratory for Majors, Non-Majors, Entomology: The University of Alabama, Department of Biological Sciences

2005       Graduate Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Biology Laboratory for Non-Majors, The University of Alabama, Department of Biological Sciences

1999       Graduate Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Zoology, Aquatic Biology Laboratory, Southwest Texas State University, Department of Biology

DIRECTED STUDENT RESEARCH

2014-present     Thomas Hess, Masters of Science, Biology.  Thesis Title:  Differences in invertebrate assemblages between hemlock and hardwood streams of the Bankhead National Forest, Alabama.

2014-present     Brandon Wertz and Stefania Ward.  Independent Research:  Differences in parasite communities among streams in Alabama.

2014-present     Annie Slayton.  Independent Research: The effect of dam removal on the distribution and abundance of the freshwater snail Elimia modesta infected with trematode parasites in Choccolocco Creek, Alabama.

2011-2012            Holly Allen, Masters of Science, Biology.  Thesis Title:  Macroinvertebrate diversity of Choccolocco Creek, Alabama.  Defended September 2012

2013       Cassidy Owen. Dept of Education, Independent Research: Assessing Student learning of hands on scientific workshops for middle school students funded by Legacy, Inc.

2012-2013            Amanda Pearson. Bachelor of Science-Biology, Independent Research: Stages of terrestrial decomposition. Graduated May 2013

2012-2013            Jacob Brooks. Bachelor of Science-Biology, Independent Research: Adult insect biodiversity associated with decomposing carrion. Graduated May 2013

2013       Mary McDaniel. Freshman-Biology, Independent Research: Larval insect abundances in decomposing carrion.

2012-2013            Jacob Palmer-Education, Ashlie Clayton-Education, Andre Bidikov-Biology, Morgan Van Steenberg-Biology, Anna Whisenhant-Biology. Independent Research: Global distribution of Melanoides tuberculata

2006       Hayleigh Barlar, Bachelors of Science, Biology. Senior biology thesis.  Influence of catchment land use on in situ growth of Elimia cahawbensis (Gastropoda: Pleuroceridae) in headwater streams of the Cahaba River, Alabama. USA

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Tolley-Jordan, L., A. D. Huryn, and A. E. Bogan.  2014. Effects of land-use change on a diverse pleurocerid snail assemblage.  Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.  DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2474

Allen, H. and L. Tolley-Jordan. 2013. The influence of substrate heterogeneity on benthic macroinvertebrate diversity in Choccolocco Creek, Alabama.  The Alabama Academy of Sciences. 84: 167-182.

Wooten, J. A. and L. R. Tolley-Jordan. 2009.  Validation of the Phylogenetic Signals in AFLP Data: Testing the Utility and Reliability of AFLP in Closely Related Taxa.  BMC Research Notes 2:26 (open access).

Tolley-Jordan, L. R., and J. M. Owen.  2008.  Habitat influences snail community structure and trematode infection levels in a spring-fed river, Texas, USA. Hydrobiologia 600: 29-40.

Oxley, F. M., A. Echlin, P. Power, L. Tolley-Jordan, and M. L. Alexander. 2008.  Travel of pollen in experimental raceways in the endangered Texas wild rice (Zizania texana). The Southwestern Naturalist 53(2): 169-174.

Tolley-Jordan, L. R., and P. Power.  2007.  Effects of temperature on the federally endangered Texas wild rice (Zizania texana).  The Southwestern Naturalist 52(2): 201-208.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Invited Contributor:  Tolley-Jordan, L. and M. A. Chadwick.  2012. The Asian gill- fluke Centrocestus formosanus (Nishigori 1924): the global distribution of an Asian parasite. In A Handbook of Global Freshwater Invasive Species.  R. A. Francis, Ed. Earthscan Press, London, UK.

MANUALS

L. Tolley-Jordan. Laboratory Manual: Ecology 332- Exercises to explore the structure and function of terrestrial and aquatic populations, communities and ecosystems of Northeast Alabama.  Jacksonville State University

L. Tolley-Jordan. Laboratory Manual: Biology 101- Explorations in Biology, Alabama Biodiversity.  Birmingham Southern-College.

REPORTS AND THESES

2008       Tolley-Jordan L. R. The Biology of the Pleuroceridae (Gastropoda: Caenogastropoda) in the Cahaba River Basin, Alabama USA. Ph.D. Dissertation. The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

2005       Tolley-Jordan L. R., and J. M. Owen.  Spatial and Temporal variation in exotic gastropods and their trematode parasites in a spring fed river, Texas.  Final Report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

2004       Tolley-Jordan, L. R., and P. Power.  Effects of temperature on the federally endangered Texas wild rice (Zizania texana).  Final Report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

2000       Tolley, L. R., and T. L. Arsuffi.  Distribution, abundance, and drift rates of instream flow indicator insects in three riffles along the Guadalupe River, Texas. Masters Thesis. Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.

1997       Tolley, L. R. and A. V. Brown. Quality and quantity of seston above and below riffles and in streams that differ in silvicultural management intensities.  Honors Undergraduate Research Thesis, The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

SELECTED RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

2014       Tolley-Jordan, L. R., M. Chadwick, and J. Wooten. Where will  Melanoides be next? Predictions of an invasive snail range expansion in the USA. Society of Freshwater Science Annual Meeting. May, Portland, OR.

2013       INVITED SPEAKER: Tolley-Jordan, L. R. Travelling the world at a snail’s pace: the story of two exotic invasive snails. Georgia-Gwinnett College Departmental Seminar.

2013       Pearson, M. and L. Tolley-Jordan. 2013. THE EFFECTS OF BARRIERS AND CARRION SIZE ON decomposition rates of DECOMPOSITION. Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists. April. Charleston, WV.

2013       Brooks, J. and L. Tolley-Jordan. 2013. THE EFFECTS OF BARRIERS AND CARRION SIZE ON THE DIVERSITY OF ADULT INSECTS AMONG FOUR STAGES OF DECOMPOSITION. Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists. April. Charleston, WV.

2012       Allen, H. and L. Tolley-Jordan. 2012. Macroinvertebrate assemblages of Choccolocco Creek. Annual Meeting of the Alabama Fisheries Association, Columbiana, (February 8-10).

2012       Tolley-Jordan, L. R., and M. A. Chadwick.  2012. Significance of snails as habitat patches for their concomitant parasites in novel environments.  Annual Meeting. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. January, Columbus, South Carolina

2011       Tolley-Jordan, L. R., and M. A. Chadwick.  2012. Zoogeography of an invasive snail, Melanoides tuberculata, and its concomitant trematode parasite, Centrocestus formosanus.  Annual Meeting. North American Benthological Society. May. Providence, Rhode Island.

2010       Tolley-Jordan, L. R., A. E. Bogan, and A. D. Huryn. 2010. The use of shell morphology from nominal species descriptions to assess Elimia (GASTROPODA: PLEUROCERIDAE) taxonomy in the Cahaba River, Alabama, USA. Annual (Joint) Meeting. North American Benthological Society/Advancing the Science of Limnology and Oceanography. Santa Fe, New Mexico

2008       Tolley-Jordan, L. R., H. Barlar, and A. D. Huryn. 2008. Influence of catchment land use on in situ growth of Elimia cahawbensis (Gastropoda: Pleuroceridae) in headwater streams of the Cahaba River, Alabama. USA. Annual Meeting. North American Benthological Society. Salt Lake City, Utah

2007       Tolley-Jordan, L. R., A. D. Huryn and A. E. Bogan. 2007. Impacts of urbanization on the biodiversity of Pleuroceridae in the Cahaba River, Alabama. USA. Annual Meeting. North American Benthological Society. Columbia, South Carolina

2006       Tolley-Jordan, L. R., A. D. Huryn and A. E. Bogan. 2006. Impacts of urbanization on the biodiversity of Pleuroceridae in the Cahaba River, Alabama. USA.  Annual Meeting. North American Benthological Society. Anchorage, Alaska

2005       Tolley-Jordan, L. R. and A. D. Huryn. 2005. Impacts of urbanization on the biodiversity of Pleuroceridae in the Cahaba River, Alabama. USA. Annual Meeting. American Malacological Society. Monterrey, California

2002       Tolley-Jordan L. R. and J. M. Owen.  2002. Spatial and Temporal variation in exotic gastropods and their associated trematode parasites in a spring fed river, Texas.  Annual Meeting.  North American Benthological Society. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2000       Tolley, L. R., R. E. Moss, and T. L. Arsuffi. Distribution, abundance, and drift rates of instream flow indicator insects in three riffles along the Guadalupe River, Texas.  Annual Meeting.  North American Benthological Society. Keystone, Colorado

1997       Tolley, L. R. and A. V. Brown. 1997. Quality and quantity of seston above and below riffles and in streams which differ in silvicultural management intensities. Annual Meeting.  Southwestern Association of Naturalists. Fayetteville, Arkansas

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2014       Invited Participant: Biological Conditioning Gradient Workshop. Sponsored by The US EPA and Alabama Department of Environmental Management. January.

2014       Invited Participant- Annual State Freshwater Crayfish and Mollusk Meeting, January

2007-present     Ad Hoc Reviewer: Journal of the North American Benthological Society, Hydrobiologia, Aquatic Invasions, Southeastern Naturalist, Journal of Parasitology

2008-present     Judge of student posters and oral presentations and session moderator: Society of Freshwater Science, Association of Southeastern Biologists, Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology

2012       Invited Participant- Status of Imperiled Fauna Workshop- Auburn University, July

                Special session organizer on Aquatic Biodiversity and Riverine Systems at the Alabama Fisheries Association Annual Meeting, February.

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

Society of Freshwater Sciences, Alabama Academy of Sciences, Association of Southeastern Biologists, Alabama Fisheries Association

COMMUNITY SERVICE AND OUTREACH

2013-2014            Partnership with Munford High School project based learning initiative. Developed project with 6 students entitled: A survey of parasites in freshwater pleurocerid snails in Northeast Alabama streams.  

2012-2013            Instructor- forensics entomology to Munford High School Forensics Class.  JSU (March 22, 2013).

Tour Guide, Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society, Guntersville (Mar 2013).

Tolley-Jordan, L. Cline, G. R. Rayburn, J. R. EEAA Annual Conference, Alabama’s Path to Learning: USDE funded outdoor field trip classroom, Environmental Education Association of Alabama, Little River Canyon Center. (March 9, 2013).

Instructor: “Take a Hike” Program sponsored through JSU-EPIC. Little River, Alabama, August 2012

Gastropod Identification Expert, The Nature Conservancy sponsored survey of mollusks above and below Marvel Slab Dam Removal Site, Cahaba River (June 2012)

Instructor, Legacy, Inc. sponsored. Mountains to the Gulf: Helping Teachers Make Connections. (June 18-25 2012)

Invited Speaker- Northeast Alabama Apiary Society. Presentation Title: Honey Bee Anatomy. Anniston, AL (March 2012).

JSU College of Arts and Sciences Representative, Calhoun Chamber of Commerce, Internship Liason

2011       Stream Ecology Workshop for a NASA sponsored program for k-12 teachers at the Little River Canyon Center

2007       Science Olympiad- Entomology Section, Middle School and High School Examiner. Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

2006 -2008           North American Benthological Society- Graduate Resources Committee- Live Auction Committee Chairperson

2006       Invited Speaker- Friends of Hurricane Creek Annual Fall Meeting.  Presentation Title: Part of the bigger picture: the importance of protecting creeks to save rivers. Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

2006                       Southeastern Evolution and Ecology Conference –Finance Committee Member

2002       Restoration of Central Texas Prairies, part of a cooperative effort between the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the San Marcos Middle School, San Marcos, Texas.

2000       Muriel E. Muir Award of Excellence Teaching Committee- Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.

HONORS AND AWARDS

2007       Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society Student Travel Award

2006       First Place- Oral Presentation. Alabama Chapter of the American Water Resources Association.

2005       Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Student Research and Travel Fund Award, University of Alabama

2004       North American Benthological Society Conservation and Environmental Issues Committee Graduate Research Award

2000       Chuck Nash Aquatic Studies Award, Southwest Texas State University

1997       Biology Undergraduate Research Award, University of Arkansas

1996       Outstanding Junior in Biology, University of Arkansas