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James (Jeb) Byers

Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs and Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Ecology
Graduate Faculty
University of Georgia
Room 194B, Ecology Bldg.
Athens, GA 30602

Office: (706) 583-0012
Fax: (706) 542-4819
email: jebyers@uga.edu

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Ph.D. - University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interests

  • Marine community and population ecology
  • Biological invasions
  • Marine parasites and disease
  • Ecosystem engineers
  • Species range boundaries
  • Marine reserves
  • Conservation biology

Research Projects

Impacts of non-native species on native marine communities; mechanisms driving variation in parasites in nearshore communities; effects of parasites on communities and ecosystems; effects of black gill disease in shrimp; interactions between ecosystem engineers in the face of climate change; predicting species' spread and distribution in coastal oceans.

Selected Publications

Byers, J. E., Z. C. Holmes, & A. M. H. Blakeslee. 2016. Consistency of trematode infection prevalence in host populations across large spatial and temporal scales. Ecology 97(7): 1643-1649.

Pintor, L. M. and J. E. Byers. 2015. Do native predators benefit from non-native prey? Ecology Letters 18: 1174-1180.

Byers, J. E.,  R. S. Smith, J. M. Pringle, G. F. Clark, P. E. Gribben, C. L. Hewitt, G. J. Inglis, E. L. Johnston, G. M. Ruiz, J. J. Stachowicz, & M. J. Bishop. 2015. Invasion expansion: time since introduction best predicts global ranges of marine invaders. Scientific Reports 5, 12436; doi: 10.1038/srep12436.

Byers, J. E., J. H. Grabowski, M. F. Piehler, A. R. Hughes, H. W. Weiskel, J. C. Malek, & D. L. Kimbro. 2015. Geographic variation in intertidal oyster reef properties and the influence of tidal prism. Limnology & Oceanography 60: 1051-1063.

Byers, J. E., A. J. Malek, L. E. Quevillon, I. Altman, & C.L. Keogh. 2015. Opposing selective pressures decouple pattern and process of parasitic infection over small spatial scale. Oikos 124(11): 1511-1519. doi 10.1111/oik.02088

Pappalardo, P., J. M. Pringle, J. P. Wares, & J. E. Byers. 2015. The location, strength, and mechanisms behind marine biogeographic boundaries of the east coast of North America. Ecography 38: 722-731. doi: 10.1111/ecog.01135

Wright, J. T., J. E. Byers, J. L. DeVore, & E. E. Sotka. 2014. Engineering or food? Mechanisms of facilitation by a habitat-forming invasive seaweed. Ecology 95(10): 2699-2706.

Kimbro, D. L., J. E. Byers, J. H. Grabowski, A.R. Hughes, & M. F. Piehler. 2014. The biogeography of trophic cascades on U.S. oyster reefs. Ecology Letters 17(7): 845-854.

Altman, I. and J. E. Byers. 2014. Large scale spatial variation in parasite communities influenced by anthropogenic factors. Ecology 95(7): 1876-1887.

Pringle, J. M., J. E. Byers, P. Pappalardo,  J.P. Wares & D. Marshall. 2014. Circulation constrains the evolution of larval development modes and life histories in the coastal ocean. Ecology 95(4): 1022-1032.

Byers, J. E., P.E. Gribben, C. Yeager, & E. Sotka. 2012. Impacts of an abundant invasive ecosystem engineer within mudflats of the southeastern US coast. Biological Invasions 14: 2587-2600.

Pringle, J.M., A.M.H. Blakeslee, J. E. Byers, & J. Roman. 2011. Asymmetric dispersal allows an upstream region to control population structure throughout a species' range. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(37): 15288-15293.

Byers, J. E., P.E. Gribben, & J.T. Wright. 2010. Variable direct and indirect effects of a habitat-modifying invasive species on mortality of native fauna. Ecology 91(6): 1787-1798.

James (Jeb) Byers