Jana N. Thoma

  Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
  703 East Beach Drive
  Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564
  United States of America

  Telephone: 1.228.872.4255
  Email address: jana.thoma@usm.edu

 

 

 

 

Education:

M. Sc. Coastal Sciences, in progress, The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

B. S. Chemistry and Biology, 2002, Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia.

Research Description:

The study of ecology, phylogeny, and taxonomy within the peracarid crustacean orders Amphipoda and Isopoda.

Publications:

Thoma, J. N. & R. W. Heard. In prep. Illustrated key to the Epicaridea (Isopoda) of the South Atlantic Bight. NOAA Professional Papers NMFS.

Ghormley, J. N., Advisor: Dr. Andrew Bressette. 2002. A further exploration of the one-pot synthesis: transforming alcohols to aldehydes to esters. The Berry College Journal of Chemistry. 4(1), 44-52.

Ghormley, J. N., Advisor: Dr. Andrew Bressette. 2001. A further exploration of the one-pot synthesis. The Berry College Journal of Chemistry. 3(2), 51-57.

Posters and Presentations:

Bakenhaster, M. D. & J. N. Thoma. 2004. Bopyrina abbreviata (Isopoda: Epicaridea): its ontogeny and its symbiotic relationship to its host Hippolyte zostericola (Caridea: Hippolytidae). Annual Marine and Estuarine Graduate Student Symposium, Poster Competition.

Ghormley, J. N., Advisor: Dr. Andrew Bressette. 2002. A further exploration of the one-pot synthesis: transforming alcohols to aldehydes to esters. Berry College Annual Colloquium Symposium on Student Scholarship, Poster Competition.

Research Experience:

2004-present, Graduate Student, The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Department of Coastal Sciences, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

2003, Research Specialist, University of Missouri-Columbia, Department of Biochemistry, Columbia, Missouri.

2002, Graduate Student, University of Missouri-Columbia, Department of Biochemistry, Columbia, Missouri.

Summer 2002, Visiting Student Scientist, The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Invertebrate Zoology, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

2001-2002, Student Researcher, Berry College, Department of Chemistry, Mount Berry, Georgia.

Teaching Experience:

Spring 2005, Teaching Assistant, "Tidal Marsh Fauna", The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Summer 2003, Teaching Assistant, "Fauna and Faunistic Ecology of Tidal Marshes", The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

2001-2002, Chemistry Tutor, Berry College, Academic Support Center, Mount Berry, Georgia.

Volunteer and Service Experience:

2005, Judge, Science Fair, Ocean Springs Middle School, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

2005, Secretary, Marine and Estuarine Graduate Student Association, The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

2004, Museum Volunteer, Alabama-Mississippi Rapid Assessment Team, The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

2004, Co-presenter of "Wild Survival Tactics", Mississippi Day, Popps Ferry Elementary School, Biloxi, Mississippi.

Workshops, Symposia, and Conferences:

2004, Participant, The 6th Crustacean DELTA Workshop, Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center, Charleston, South Carolina.

2004, Participant, Florida Association of Benthologists Fall Workshop: Crustaceans, Keys Marine Laboratory, Long Key, Florida.

2004, Participant, Symposium in Geospatial Sciences, Gulf Coast Geospatial Center, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

2004, Participant, ESRI Introduction to ArcGIS I Certification Course, Gulf Coast Geospatial Center, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

2004, In Attendance, The 33rd Annual Marine Benthic Ecology Meeting, The Dauphin Island Sea Lab and The University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama.

2004, In Attendance, Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences, The Mississippi Academy of Sciences, Biloxi, Mississippi.

2004, Poster Presenter and In Attendance, Graduate Student Symposium, Marine and Estuarine Graduate Student Association, The Graduate Student Group, and The Marine Environmental Reseachers, The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

2004, Assistant to a Presenter, A Taxonomic Workshop on the Identification of Decapod Crustacea from the Atlantic Coast of the Southeastern United States, Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center, Charleston, South Carolina.

Awards Received:

2004, Department of Coastal Sciences Graduate Assistantship, The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

2002, 2nd place for originality of work, Poster Competition of the Berry College Annual Colloquium Symposium on Student Scholarship, Mount Berry, Georgia.

1998-2002, Founder's Work Scholarship, Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia.

1998-2002, Hope Scholarship, Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia.

Society Affiliations (Dated and Current):

American Chemical Society, The Crustacean Society, Marine and Estuarine Graduate Student Association, Mississippi Academy of Sciences, Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology.