Stephen W. Golladay


Stephen Golladay is an aquatic biologist with diverse interests. Recently his work has included hydrologic change and its effects on the biota of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin. He and his colleagues have studied diverse biota ranging from aquatic insects to fish. His favorite fauna is freshwater mussels. He aspires to take every resident of the ACF on a snorkeling trip to observe freshwater mussels.

Caitlin Sweeney

Research Associate

Jeneil Patel

Seasonal Technician

Chloe Eggert

Graduate Student

Emily Martin

Graduate Student

Emily is a master’s student at the University of Georgia and the Jones Center. Her research focuses on spatial and temporal trends of microplastic pollution in freshwater systems in southwest Georgia. She is co-advised by Dr. Krista Capps. Emily earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2018, where her undergraduate research focused on phenological trends of invasive shrubs. Prior to her graduate work, she worked as a field technician for the National Park Service in Arizona, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Georgia, and the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska.

Jamie Rogers

Graduate Student

Chelsea Smith

Graduate Student

Chelsea Smith completed her BS in Biology at the University of Alabama in 2011 where she had the opportunity to take many outdoor ecology classes and begin working with stream macroinvertebrates in the lab of Dr. Alex Huryn. The summer following her graduation, she traveled to the Arctic LTER to aid in collecting and tracking arctic grayling and sampling macroinvertebrates as part of a large-scale nutrient addition with Dr. Huryn’s lab. In the fall of 2012, Chelsea began her masters work in conjunction with the University of Georgia under Dr. Alan Covich and The Jones Center at Ichuaway with Dr. Paul McCormick. Her research focused on macroinvertebrate community composition across a gradient of stream permanence. Following the completion of her masters, she worked with both Dr. McCormick and Dr. Golladay and then became the research associate for the Aquatic Biology lab. Chelsea is currently working on a PhD at the University of Alabama under Dr. Carla Atkinson.

Ben Webster

Graduate Student

Stephen W. Golladay, Ph.D.


Dr. Golladay’s interests include the ecology of streams and wetlands, the impact of human land use on water quality and aquatic invertebrates, and the impact of variation in hydrology on ecological processes and aquatic communities Recently, he has developed an interest in the ecology and conservation of rare and endangered freshwater mussel species.

Dr. Golladay has served as a technical advisor to the Sand County Foundation, Georgia EPD, DNR and Water Management districts in Florida. He has developed training activities for resource professionals in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Dr. Golladay also has assisted in the development of programs to enhance the
natural resource awareness of regional educators in cooperation with regional Georgia Youth Science and Technology.