Scotty DePriest

 

Michael Scott DePriest (Scotty)

Current position:

Ph.D. student, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.


Research interests:

Phycology, systematics, evolution, diversity of red algae (Rhodophyta), biogeography.


Education:

B.S. biological sciences, with honors, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.  May 2010.

(in progress) Ph.D. biological sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.  August 2010 to present.  Advisor:  Juan M. López-Bautista Ph.D.


Publications:

DePriest, M.S. and J. Lopez-Bautista. In review, Gulf of Mexico Science. The non-native red alga Grateloupia taiwanensis (Halymeniaceae, Rhodophyta) in Alabama: molecular systematics and taxonomic implications.

Lopez-Bautista, J. and M.S. DePriest. 2012. In Sarah Fredericks, Lei Shen, Shirley Thompson, & Daniel Vasey (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Vol. 4. Natural Resources and Sustainability, pp. 25–29. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing.

Presentations:

DePriest, M.S., Wynne, M.J., and J. Lopez-Bautista. 2012. Norrissia setchellii (Kylin) Balakrishnan and other related taxa from the Pacific coast of North America: archival specimens and DNA analysis. Phycological Society of America Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, USA. 21 June 2012.
Perez-Rodriguez, E., DePriest, M.S., and J. Lopez-Bautista. 2012. The true identity of the red alga Grateloupia gibbesii Harvey in the Atlantic United States: a molecular assessment. Howard Hughes Medical Institute Precollege and Undergraduate Science Program at the University of Alabama. 27 July 2012.
DePriest, M.S., Wynne, M.J., and J. Lopez-Bautista. 2012. Norrissia setchellii (Kylin) Balakrishnan and other related taxa from the Pacific coast of North America: archival specimens and DNA analysis. Phycological Society of America Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, USA. 21 June 2012.

DePriest, M.S., Lin, S.M., and J. Lopez-Bautista. 2011. Grateloupia sp. in Alabama: Identification and taxonomic implications. Graduate seminar, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA. November 18, 2011.

DePriest, M.S., Lin, S.M., and J. Lopez-Bautista. 2011. Grateloupia taiwanensis in Alabama: a non-native species in the Gulf of Mexico. Phycological Society of America Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, USA. July 16, 2011.
DePriest, M.S. and J. Lopez-Bautista. 2010. Grateloupia in the Gulf of Mexico: a non-native species.  Southeastern Phycological Colloquy.  University of North Carolina at Wilmington Center for Marine Science, Wilmington, NC, USA. October 30, 2010.
DePriest, M.S. and J. Lopez-Bautista. 2010. Grateloupia taiwanensis: first invasive seaweed report for the Gulf of Mexico. NSF REDToL REU Meeting. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, West Boothbay Harbor, ME, USA. August 13, 2010.

Academic awards and honors:

  • Graduate fellowship, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Fall 2010-present.
  • NSF REU, RedToL:  The Red Algal Tree of Life. Summer 2009.
  • Dean’s List, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. 2006, 2008, and 2009.


Professional affiliations:

Phycological Society of America

International Phycological Society


Teaching experience:

Fall 2012. Graduate teaching assistant, BSC 360 plant biology lab. The University of Alabama.

Mentored undergraduates in molecular biology techniques:  DNA extraction, PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, and cycle sequencing.


Field experience:

 

August 2012, Florida Gulf Coast. Collected intertidal macroalgae in Destin, Panama City Beach, Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, Apalachicola, St. George Island, Carrabelle, St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Clearwater.
June 2012, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Collected intertidal macroalgae from docks.
May-June 2012, Florida Gulf Coast. Collected intertidal and subtidal macroalgae in Pensacola, Destin, and Panama City Beach.
March 2012, Alabama Gulf Coast. Collected intertidal macroalgae from jetties in Dauphin Island, Fort Morgan, and Orange Beach.

October 2011, Alabama Gulf Coast. Collected intertidal macroalgae from jetties from numerous locations, including Dauphin Island, Bayou La Batre, Fairhope, Theodore, and Orange Beach.

March 2011, Alabama Gulf Coast. Collected intertidal macroalgae from jetties in Dauphin Island, Fort Morgan, and Orange Beach.

September 2010, Alabama Gulf Coast.  Collected intertidal macroalgae from jetties in Dauphin Island, Fort Morgan, and Orange Beach.

March 2008, Alabama Gulf Coast.  Collected intertidal algae in Dauphin Island and plankton in Mobile Bay.


Non-academic interests:

Linux/UNIX computing

Classical percussion


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