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James (Jeb) Byers

Associate Professor
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
  • Marine reserves
  • Conservation biology

Research Projects

Impacts of non-native species on native marine communities; mechanisms driving variation in trematode parasites in nearshore communities; effects of parasites on communities and ecosystems; the effects of horseshoe crab disturbance on benthic infaunal communities; mitigating contamination of mudflats and salt marshes; predicting species' spread
and distribution in coastal oceans

Selected Publications

Blakeslee, A., J. E. Byers, M.P. Lesser. 2008. Solving cryptogenic histories using host and parasite molecular genetics: the resolution of Littorina littorea's North American origin. Molecular Ecology 17(16): 3684-3696.

Blakeslee, A. and J. E. Byers. 2008. Using parasites to inform ecological history: comparisons among three congeneric marine snails. Ecology 89(4): 1068-1078.

Byers, J. E., A. Blakeslee, E. Linder, A. Cooper, and T. Maguire. 2008. Controls of spatial variation in the prevalence of trematode parasites infecting a marine snail. Ecology 89(2):439-451.

Byers, J. E. and E. G. Noonburg. 2007. Poaching, enforcement, and the efficacy of marine reserves. Ecological Applications 17(7): 1851-1856.

Wood, C. L., J. E. Byers, K. Cottingham, I. Altman, M. Donahue, and A. Blakeslee. 2007. Parasites alter community structure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104(22): 9335-9339.

K. Cuddington, J. E. Byers, W. Wilson and A. Hastings, editors. 2007. Ecosystem engineering: plants to protists. Academic Press.

Byers, J. E., K. Cuddington, C. Jones, T. Talley, A. Hastings, J. Lambrinos, J. Crooks, W. Wilson. 2006. Using ecosystem engineers to restore ecological systems. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 21(9): 493-500.

Freeman, A. and J. E. Byers. 2006. Divergent induced responses to an invasive predator in marine mussel populations. Science 313 (5788): 831-833.

Byers, J. E. and J. M. Pringle. 2006. Going against the flow: retention, range limits and invasions in advective environments. Marine Ecology Progress Series 313: 27-41.

Torchin, M., J. E. Byers, and T. Huspeni. 2005. Differential parasitism of native and introduced snails: replacement of a parasite fauna. Biological Invasions 7(6): 885-894.

Byers, J. E. 2005. Marine reserves enhance abundance but not competitive impacts of a harvested nonindigenous species. Ecology 86(2): 487–500.

Byers, J. E. and E. G. Noonburg. 2003. Scale dependent effects of biotic resistance to biological invasion. Ecology 84(6): 1428-1433.

Byers, J. E. 2002. Impact of non-indigenous species on natives enhanced by anthropogenic alteration of selection regimes. Oikos 97(3): 449-458.

Byers, J. E. and L. Goldwasser. 2001. Exposing the mechanism and timing of impact of non-indigenous species on native species. Ecology 82(5): 1330-1343.

Byers, J. E. 2000. Competition between two estuarine snails: implications for invasions of exotic species. Ecology 81(5): 1225-1239.

James (Jeb) Byers