|Joseph W. Goy, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Office: Pryor-England 161A
Teaching and Research Interests
My teaching responsibilities at Harding include General Zoology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Invertebrate Zoology, and Environmental Science. I also participate in several team-taught courses including Animal Physiology, Parasitology, Ecology Lab, Animal Behavior, and Seminar.
My research centers around the systematics, larval development, zoogeography, population genetics, ecology and ethology of decapod crustaceans, especially stenopodidean and caridean shrimps. My primary research focus includes: (1) use of larval morphological characteristics in the phylogenetic analysis of decapod crustaceans; (2) determination of biochemical cues in metamorporically competent larvae of commensal shrimps and crabs; (3) examination of population genetics of decapods with circumtropical distributions; and (4) mate recognition and pair bonding in decapods. Studies readily involve students in undergraduate research in numerous aspects of the above topics.