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Faculty & Staff

Dr. Daniel Gleason, Director and Professor of Biology

Office: Math/Physics, 3056

Dr. Gleason is the Director of ICPS and Professor of Biology at Georgia Southern University.  He received his BS degree in Biology from Furman University, and his MS and PhD from the University of Houston.  His temperate work has been conducted in and around Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and is directed toward gaining a better understanding of the ecology of the sessile invertebrate fauna (e.g./ corals, sponges, sea squirts) that dominate the hard-bottom reefs. You can visit his research lab website at

Lorenza Beati, PhD, MD

Lorenza Beati, Professor of Biology & Curator for the United States National Tick Collection (USNTC)

Office: Math/Physics, 3058B


Dr. Beati’s main interests include evolution, phylogeny, phylogeography and population genetics of ticks and other arthropod vectors.  She studies tick diversity based on both morphological and molecular aspects.  You can visit her website at

Dmitry Apanaskevich, PhD

Dmitry Apanaskevich, Professor of Biology & Assistant Curator for the United States National Tick Collection (USNTC)

Office: Math/Physics, 3057


Dr. Apanaskevich received his PhD from the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences in Parasitology/Tick Taxonomy.  His major research interests include taxonomy ofixodid ticks, phylogeny of ixodid ticks, and host-parasite relationships of ixodid ticks.  Other areas of interests/activities are maintaining the US National Tick Collection (USNTC), re-identification of tick specimens already presented in the USNTC with special emphasis to most taxonomically difficult groups of ticks, and identification of newly received tick collections.  You can visit his website at

Tyler Cyronak

Tyler Cyronak, Assistant Professor

Office: Math/Physics, 3060


Dr. Cyronak runs the Coastal Carbon Laboratory (CCL) in the ICPS at Georgia Southern University. Research in the CCL focuses on the carbon cycle in coastal ecosystems such as estuaries, marshes, coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds. We are interested in the role that these ecosystems play in the global carbon cycle, how they will be affected by climate change, and what role they can play in carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere. Learn more about the CCL:

Last updated: 12/4/2023