Department of Biology
Georgia Southern University
James H. (Jamie) Roberts is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Georgia Southern University. His career sprang from a lifelong love of fishes, both sport and nongame. After obtaining his BS in Fisheries from the University of Georgia, he migrated north (relatively speaking) to Virginia Tech, where he spent the next 14 years conducting graduate (MS and PhD) and postdoctoral research into the spatial ecology and conservation genetics of stream fishes. Feeling that 14 Blacksburg winters were sufficient, in 2014 Jamie and family migrated south, back to his home state of Georgia and present faculty position.
At GSU, Jamie teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in fisheries, evolutionary ecology, and conservation genetics. His research program is focused on southeastern streams and rivers, with an emphasis on 1) advancing general understanding of population and metapopulation biology, dispersal ecology, and the influence of environmental features on the genetic architecture of species, while 2) answering key applied species-management questions faced by resource management agencies. At any given time, the Roberts lab has a kaleidoscope of different projects; currently including studies of 1) migration ecology of striped bass, 2) conservation genomics of 8 imperiled mussel species, 3) hydrologic change and community resiliency in coastal plain stream fishes, 4) landscape genomics of Redbreast sunfish, 5) use of eDNA to monitor the reach-occupancy of stream fishes, and 6) monitoring the success of a genetic restoration program for endangered Roanoke logperch.
Jamie has been actively involved with AFS since the beginnings of his fisheries career, having served in officer roles in the UGA Student Subunit (Treasurer) and Virginia Tech Chapter (President, Vice President) and the Nongame Aquatics Committee of the Southern Division (Outreach Officer). He is a member of the parent society, Genetics and Education sections, and Georgia Chapter, and participates in least one AFS meeting (state, division, or national) each year. He sees the Genetics Section and its members as playing a key role in facilitating communication among genetics-oriented AFS members, organizing timely symposia and workshops at meetings to keep membership updated on the state of the science, and advocating for the sound use of genetic information in the promulgation of fisheries and conservation plans and policies. He would be pleased to help the Section continue its mission by serving in the Secretary-Treasurer role.