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Brendan Hodkinson, PhD


Phone: 443-340-0917

Email: brendan {dot} hodkinson {at} gmail {dot} com

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Education 

PhD Biology, Duke University, 2011
     Thesis: A Phylogenetic, Ecological, and Functional Characterization of 
          Non-Photoautotrophic Bacteria in the Lichen Microbiome 
BS Biology with Honors, College of William and Mary, 2005
     Thesis: The lichen flora of the Williamsburg, Virginia, area


Research Interests

Throughout the course of my research, I have studied a diverse assemblage of small organisms using methods derived from ecology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology and computer science, among other fields. My interest in tiny organisms has led me to examine biodiversity within a great variety of contexts, both medical and environmental. My work exploring the Earth's diversity has led to the description of numerous species, genera, families, and orders or organisms. One of the challenges of research into diversity is dealing with "big data," which has led me to develop new approaches for managing and analyzing large data sets.


Teaching

I am teaching three classes during the 2014-2015 school year: Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and AP Chemistry.  Courses that I have taught in the past include Biology, Molecular Biology, Organismal Diversity, and Organismal Evolution.