Assistant Professor & Biology in Belize Study Abroad Program Director

Biography

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
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • BIOL-2021 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I) Section: 91
    • BIOL-2021L (Human Anatomy & Physiol I Lab) Section: 93
    • BIOL-4441 (Animal Behavior) Section: 01W
    • BIOL-4986 (Marine Biology Internship) Section: 01
    • BIOL-4986 (Exercise Science Techniques) Section: 04
    • BIOL-4986 (Marine Conservation Education) Section: 05
    • BIOL-5441 (Animal Behavior) Section: 01

    Summer 2017 Sections

    • BIOL-4985 (Field StudyTropical Bio-Belize) Section: 01S
    • BIOL-5985 (Field Study Trop. Bio-Belize) Section: 01S

    Spring 2017 Sections

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • BIOL-2021 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I) Section: 91
    • BIOL-2021L (Human Anatomy & Physiol I Lab) Section: 91
    • BIOL-4441 (Animal Behavior) Section: 01W
    • BIOL-4986 (Orthopedic Surgery Internship) Section: 06
    • BIOL-5441 (Animal Behavior) Section: 01
    • BIOL-6999 (Thesis) Section: 01

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • BIOL-2022 (Human Anatomy & Physiology II) Section: 02
    • BIOL-2022 (Human Anatomy & Physiology II) Section: 91
    • BIOL-2022L (Human Anat & Physiol II Lab) Section: 91

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • BIOL-2021 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I) Section: 02
    • BIOL-2021 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I) Section: 91
    • BIOL-2021L (Human Anatomy & Physiol I Lab) Section: 91

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • BIOL-2022 (Human Anatomy & Physiology II) Section: 02
    • BIOL-2022L (Human Anat & Physiol II Lab) Section: 03

    Fall 2014 Sections

    • BIOL-2021 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I) Section: 02
    • BIOL-2021L (Human Anatomy & Physiol I Lab) Section: 03
    • BIOL-2021L (Human Anatomy & Physiol I Lab) Section: 07

    Spring 2014 Sections

    • BIOL-1107 (Principles of Biology I) Section: 01
    • BIOL-1107 (Principles of Biology I) Section: 02
    • BIOL-1107 (Principles of Biology I) Section: 03
    • BIOL-1107 (Principles of Biology I) Section: 04
    • BIOL-1107 (Principles of Biology I) Section: 05
    • BIOL-1107 (Principles of Biology I) Section: 06
    • BIOL-1107 (Principles of Biology I) Section: 07
    • BIOL-1107 (Principles of Biology I) Section: 08
    • BIOL-1107 (Principles of Biology I) Section: 09
    • BIOL-1107 (Principles of Biology I) Section: 10
    • BIOL-3135 (Ecology) Section: 02

    Fall 2013 Sections

    • BIOL-1107 (Principles of Biology I) Section: 01
    • BIOL-4441 (Animal Behavior) Section: 01W
    • BIOL-5441 (Animal Behavior) Section: 01
  • Publication List

    Garner, YL, Litvaitis, MK. 2013a. Effects of injured conspecifics and predators on byssogenesis, attachment strength and movement in the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 448, 136-140. [View Publication]

    Garner, YL, Litvaitis, MK. 2013b. Effects of wave exposure, temperature and epibiont fouling on byssal thread production and growth in the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis, in the Gulf of Maine. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 446, [View Publication]

    McIntyre CM, Pappal AL, Bryant J, Carlton JT, Cute K, Dijkstra J, Erickson R, Garner Y, Gittenberger A, Grady SP, Haram L, Harris L, Hobbs NV, Lambert CC, Lambert G, Lambert WJ, Marques AC, Mathieson AC, McCuller M, Mickiewicz M, Pederson J, Rock-Blake R [View Publication]

    Garner, YL, Litvaitis, MK. 2016. Effects of artificial epibionts on byssogenesis, attachment strength and movement in two size classes of the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis. Invertebrate Biology. doi:10.1111/ivb.12144 [View Publication]

  • Other Information

    Marine Biology Club Faculty Advisor

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    Tropical Biology in Belize Study Abroad Program Director

    Visit our UWG Tropical Biology in Belize program page.

    Get a taste of the May 2017 Tropical Biology in Belize course through our highlights video.

    For more information about our on-site partners in Belize, Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Education Center, click here.