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Laura Eierman
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

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Departments: Biology
Office: Schaefer Hall Room 127
Phone: (240) 895-4365



  • Salisbury University, B.S. (Biology) and B.S. (Environmental Science)
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, M.S. (Marine Biology)
  • Towson University, M.A. (Teaching)
  • Cornell University, Ph.D. (Natural Resources). 

Courses Taught:

  • BIOL308 (Ecological Genetics)
  • BIOL311 (Biostatistics)

Research Interests

My research uses genetic tools as part of an integrated approach to answer questions important to the management and restoration of species that have significant impacts on ecosystems. I work mostly in marine systems with a focus on how environmental variability impacts the functional connectivity, range limits, and behavior of populations. My current studies on eastern oysters (*Crassostrea virginica*) include (1) measuring phenotypic plasticity in response to temporal environmental change and (2) quantifying population differentiation in osmoregulatory genes. Projects in development include basic population genetic estimates for an isolated group of elephants in Ghana and investigations of sympatric bottlenose and spotted dolphins in the Bahamas.