Assistant Professor & Biology in Belize Study Abroad Program Director
Dr. Garner has been teaching at the University of West Georgia since 2013 bringing with her a passion for teaching a variety of biology courses on campus and abroad, and getting students engaged in experiential learning opportunities and field research. She was inspired to develop a study abroad program at UWG by her own experiences studying in London, Canada, Costa Rica, Panama, and at marine field stations in Oregon, California, and New Hampshire. She recently co-taught a Tropical Biology field course to Belize in May 2017 with an emphasis on biodiversity, natural resources, culture and information literacy with Prof. Naomi Stuesser. As a marine ecologist, her research focuses on marine invertebrates with a current project surveying native and non-native mussel species in Florida.
Research conducted by Dr. Garner's lab group has recently been featured in a short film produced by the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence. To view the video, click here.
Education / Degrees
- B.S., Biology, Philosophy minor, University of Scranton, 2008
- Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, University of New Hampshire, 2013