Ph.D. Ecology (Marine Ecology), University of Georgia, 2010-Current
Advisor, James E. Byers
M.S. degree, Environmental Science, Western Washington University, 2008
Advisor, Brian Bingham
B.A. degree, Biology with a minor in Asian Studies, Colorado College, 2005
Advisor, Ron Hathaway
Coursework, University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs, Summer 2004, Summer and Fall 2005
Gehman, A.M., R.J. Hall and J.E. Byers. Host and parasite thermal ecology jointly determine the effect of climate warming on epidemic dynamics. PNAS - published ahead of print - Jan 8, 2018.
Gehman, A.M., N.A. McLenaghan, J.E. Byers, C.R. Alexander, S.C. Pennings, and M. Alber. Effects of small-scale armoring and
residential development on the salt marsh/upland ecotone. Estuaries and Coasts – in press.
Dugan, J.E., K.A. Emery, M. Alber, C. Alexander, J.E. Byers, A.M. Gehman, N. McLenaghan, S. Sojka. Ecological effects of shoreline
armoring in soft sediment environments. Estuaries and Coasts - in press.
Gehman, A.M., J.H. Grabowski, A.R. Hughes, D.L. Kimbro, M.F. Piehler and J.E. Byers. 2016. Predators, environment and host
characteristics influence the probability of infection by an invasive castrating parasite. Oecologia.
Gehman, A.M. and J.E. Byers. 2016. Non-native parasite enhances host susceptibility to native predators. Oecologia.
Sudek, S., R. Everroad, A.M. Gehman, J. Smith, F. Chavez, A.Z. Worden. Cyanobacterial distributions along a Physico-chemical Gradient in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean. 2015. Environmental Microbiology.
Santoro, A. E., C. M. Sakamoto, J. M. Smith, J. N. Plant, A. L. Gehman, A. Z. Worden, K. S. Johnson, C. A. Francis
and K. L. Casciotti. 2013. Measurements of Nitrate production in and around the primary nitrate
maximum in the central California current. Biogeosciences, 10, 7395-7410.
Gehman. A. M., B. L. Bingham. 2010. Maternal diet and juvenile quality in the sea star
Leptasterias aequalis. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 386,
Gehman, A. 2016. Effects of small-scale armoring and residential development on the salt marsh/upland ecotone in coastal Georgia, USA. Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER Project, University of Georgia, Long Term Ecological Research Network http://dx.doi.org/10.6073/pasta/76497936543330a1895015df794ab077
National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia. Past and present effects of multiple stressor on host-parasite interactions. 2016-
Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER. 2013-2014
Research Technician, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Alex Worden. 2008-2010.
Research Assistant, Shannon Point Marine Center. Kathy Van Alstyne. May 2007-September 2008.
Research Assistant, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago. Cathy
Pfister and Tim Wootton. May-September 2006.
Instructor, #SciFund University. November 2015.
Graduate Laboratory Assistant, University of Georgia. January-May 2013.
Graduate Laboratory Assistant, University of Georgia. August-December 2012.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Environmental Sciences, Western Washington University. September- December 2006.
Graduate Assistant, Shannon Point Marine Center. January -June 2007.
Teaching Assistant, Colorado College, February-March 2005
Classes: Ecology, Marine Invertebrates of the Environment, Ichthyology, Marine Ecology, Introduction to Outreach, Scanning Electron Microscopy.
JMBA Global Marine Environment, Cover photo, Summer 2008, Issue 8.
Invited Seminars and Presentations:
Gehman. A. M. Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. 2014. Ecological drivers of parasite abundance.
Gehman. A. M. and S. Budischak. Colorado College. 2014. Parasitism from the savanna to Savannah.
Gehman. A. M. Wormsloe State Historic Park. 2014. The hidden gems of Wormsloe.
Gehman. A. M. Western Society of Naturalists. 2007. Effect of maternal size on survival
of juvenile Leptasterias aequalis.
Gehman. A. M. Western Society of Naturalists. 2008. Maternal diet and juvenile quality
in the sea star Leptasterias aequalis.
Gehman, A. M. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. 2009. Maternal diet
and Juvenile quality in the sea star Leptasterias aequalis.
Van Alstyne, Kathy, Elizabeth Harvey, Marianne Cataldo, Amanda Salas, Sue-Ann
Gifford, Alexandra Nicely, Alyssa Gehman and Lauren Chomiczewski. Plant
Biology, 2009. The release of dopamine by Ulvaria obscura and its allelopathic
effects on algae and invertebrate larvae.
Ibarra, Sonia, Brian Bingham and Alyssa Gehman. 2010. Proceedings from the 2010 AGU Ocean Sciences
Meeting. The effect of prey availability on reproductive effort of the sea star Leptasterias hexactis.
Sudek, Sebastian. R. Craig Everroad, Alyssa Gehman, Rory M. Welsh and Alexandra Worden. International
Society for Microbial Ecology. 2012. Diversity of picophytoplankton along a physio-chemical gradient in
the Northeaster Pacific Ocean.
Gehman, A. M. Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Symposium. 2012. Sensitive
Interactions: an invasive parasite and its response to climate change in Georgia’s
Gehman, A. M. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. 2013. Predation and parasitism: it’s not all bad news.
Gehman, A. M. Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Symposium. 2013. Blending Physiology with
Community Ecology: Can marine parasites take the heat?
Gehman, Alyssa-Lois, A. Randall Hughes, David L. Kimbro, Jonathan Grabowski, Michael Piehler
and James E. Byers. Benthic Ecology Meeting. 2014. Ecological drivers of parasite abundance.
Honors and Awards:
2014-15 Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History Fellow
2013 M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund Grant
2013-14 Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History Fellow
2013 NSF Georgia Costal Ecosystems LTER graduate assistantship
2013 Odum School of Ecology Small Grant (University of Georgia)
2012 A climate for Castrators - A #Scifund Crowdfunding project.
2011 David and Lucille Packard Foundation Block Grant for PISCO Course (Stanford)
2011 Odum School of Ecology Small Grant (University of Georgia)
2010-2011 Graduate Assistantship (University of Georgia)
2007 Research and Sponsored Programs Grant (Western Washington University)
2007 Huxely College of the Environment Small Grants (Western Washington University)
2005 Friday Harbor Laboratories Apprenticeship Support (University of Washington)
2005 Friday Harbor Laboratories Summer Course Support (University of Washington)
2005 The Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitology William C. Marquardt Award for Best Paper, Casper Wyoming
2004 Robert M. Stabler Award (Colorado College)
2004-2005, Springboard Diving Team Captain (Colorado College)
2001-2005, NCAA Division III Academic All American (Colorado College)
Undergraduate Students Supervised:
Aaron Penn, undergraduate technician (2014-2016)
Sydney-Alyce Bourget, undergraduate research assistant (2015)
Sarah Perry, undergraduate research assistant (2014-2015)
Morgan Mahaffey, undergraduate research assistant (2013-2015)
Gabriel Mills, undergraduate research assistant (Spring-Summer 2013)
Katie Shaw, undergraduate research assistant (Summer 2013)
Stephanie Shaw, post-bachelor research assistant (Summer 2013)
Rachel Usher, undergraduate research volunteer (Spring 2013-Summer 2014)
Amanda Calfee, undergraduate research credits (Fall 2011-Spring 2012)
College of William and Mary
Rae Robinson, undergraduate research assistant - co-advised with Dr. Jon Allen (Fall 2014)
Courtney Altaras, undergraduate research assistant (Spring-Summer 2007)
Sonia Ibarra, MIMSUP student (Spring 2008)
Undergraduate Honors Student Committee:
Zachary Holmes, undergraduate honors Thesis reader (Fall 2013)