Jason O'Bryhim

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PhD Candidate, George Mason University
Department of Environmental Science and Policy
Lab Technician, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
obryhim(at)srel.uga.edu


Education

B.S. - Biology, George Mason University, 2005

M.S. - Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, 2009


Research Interests

Currently I am a PhD student at George Mason University in theEnvironmental Science and Policydepartment. My PhD research focuses on using both genetic and sociological techniques to help conserve sharks in Costa Rica. I’ll be using a DNA forensics approach to look at Costa Rican fisheries with an emphasis on impacts to the silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) and the endangered scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini). Other research interests include looking at mercury accumulation within elasmobranchs and the transmission of this contaminant throughout the marine ecosystem. I am also currently an instructor at Georgia Regents University.


Honors and Awards

ESP Research Fellowship, George Mason University, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, 2014

Rufford Small Grant for Nature Conservation, The Rufford Foundation, 2013

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Exploration and Field Research Grant,The Explorers Club Washington Group, 2013

Oustanding Masters Student Award - Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, 2009

Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award - Department of Biology, George Mason University, 2009

Faculty Award- Department of Biology, George Mason University, 2005


Professional Affiliations

  • American Elasmobranch Society
  • Society for Conservation Biology - Marine Section


Publications

  • O’Bryhim JR, Spaet J, Hyde JR, Jones KL, Adams DH, Lance SL (2014) Development of microsatellite markers for globally distributed populations of the threatened silky shark, Carcharhinus falciformis. Conservation Genetic Resources DOI 10.1007/s12686-014-0396-0
  • Price KA, O’Bryhim JR, Jones KL, Lance SL (2014) Development of polymorphic microsatellite markers for the bonnethead shark, Sphyrna tiburo. Conservation Genetic Resources DOI 10.1007/s12686-014-0289-2
  • Lance SL, Love CN, Nunziata SO, O’Bryhim JR, Scott DE, Flynn RW, Jones KL (In press) 32 speciesvalidation of a new Illumina paired-end approach for the development of microsatellites. PLoS ONE.
  • O’Bryhim, J., C. Somers, S. L. Lance, M. Yau, D. R. Boreham, K. L. Jones, and E. B. Taylor. (n.d.). Development and characterization of twenty-two novel microsatellite markers for the mountain whitefish, Prosopium williamsoni and cross-amplification in the round whitefish, P. cylindraceum, using paired-end Illumina shotgun sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources:1–3.
  • O’Bryhim J, Chong JP,Lance SL, Jones KL, Roe KJ. (2012) Development and characterization of sixteen microsatellite markers for the federally endangered species:Leptodea leptodon(Bivalvia: Unionidae) using paired-end Illumina shotgun sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources 3:787-789.
  • O’Bryhim, J. 2011. The Effects of Public Opinion on Sharks: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors Towards Sharks and Shark Conservation. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing.


Presentations

  • O'Bryhim JR, Adams D, Spaet J, Mills G, Lance SL (Feb 2015) Relationship of Mercury Concentrations Across Twenty-Three Tissue Types for Three Species of Shark. Annual meeting of The Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society. Savannah, GA. (Talk)
  • O'Bryhim JR, Adams D, Spaet J, Mills G, Lance SL (July 2014) Relationship of Mercury Concentrations Across Twenty-Three Tissue Types for Three Species of Shark. Annual meeting of The American Elasmobranch Society. Chattanooga, TN. (Talk)
  • Price K, O'Bryhim JR, Saul B, Lance SL (July 2014) The Diet Composition of the Bonnethead Shark (Sphyrna tiburo) around St. Catherine’s Island, Georgia. Annual meeting of The American Elasmobranch Society. Chattanooga, TN. (Poster)
  • Lance SL,Love CN, Nunziata SO, O’Bryhim JR, Scott DE, Flynn RW, Soteropoulos DL, Hagen C, and Jones KL (Oct 2012) 32 Species Validation of a New Illumina Paired-end Approach For The Development of Microsatellites. SouthEast Population, Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics.(Poster)
  • O'Bryhim, JR2011.The Role of Human Perceptions in Shark Conservation. Internation Marine Conservation Congress. (Talk)

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