Dr. Jeffrey A. Steinmetz

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Dr. Jeffrey A. Steinmetz

Associate Professor of Biology, Coordinator of Environmental Science Option

Office: MSB 201A
Phone: 843-661-1404


Courses Taught:

Biology 103: Environmental Biology

Biology 105: Introduction to Life Science

Biology 202: Vertebrate Zoology

Biology 308: Aquatic Ecology

Biology 402: Terrestrial Ecology

Biology 411: Ecology

Biology 413: Biological Research Methods

Research Interests:

I am interested in behavioral, population and community ecology, as well as conservation biology. If you’re a student interested in working on any of the projects or areas listed below, come talk to me!

My thesis work focused on the effects of avian predators on the behavior, population dynamics and community ecology of stream fish. Other projects have included alarm calling in yellow-bellied marmots; various water quality projects; GPS/GIS work in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia; physiological responses of fish to avian predators; community-based research projects; monitoring frog populations as a regional coordinator of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Project; zooplankton biodiversity in South Carolina lakes, and biodiversity of aquatic systems in Ecuador.


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The liberal arts remain the foundation of a great education for all FMU students, but we’re developing high-caliber professional programs to meet the 21st century needs of both our students and our community.

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