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Beals, Christopher

Science and Mathematics
Assistant Professor of Biology

Conger 201




B.A. Biology and Art, Mercer University

M.S. Biology, Georgia College and State University

Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Tennessee State University


Courses Taught:

Biology 1107 (General Biology I)

SCIE 1005 (Environmental Science)

Biology 2080 (General Zoology)

Biology 3070 (Animal Behavior)

Biology 3250 (Toxicology)

Biology 3800 (Plant Anatomy)


Research Interests:

I am interested in research involving plant physiological responses to anthropogenic influences as well as plant/insect interactions.  Currently, my research students and I are investigating the allelopathic effects of non-native invasive plants such as Alligator Weed (Alternanthera philoxeroides) and Parrot Feather (Myriophyllum aquatic) on aquatic microbial density and tadpole development as well as the effects of non-native plants on native plant growth.


Recent Presentations:

Joshua Cleve Weeks and Christopher Beals (2017). Examining the allelopathic effects of Alligator Weed, Alternanthera philoxeroides, on the Whorled Marsh Pennywort, Hydrocotyle verticillata, and algal growth in a hydroponic bioassay. Southeast Preeminent Regional Research and Creative Endeavors Conference. Milledgeville, GA.

Christopher Beals and Leslie Pryor (2017). How to start an undergraduate research program in the natural sciences. Campus-wide workshop presentation at the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) meeting.

Kayla Janes and Christopher Beals (2017). Impacts of Alligator Weed (Alternanthera philoxeroides) on Southern Toad (Bufos terrestris) Development and Algal Growth in Aquatic Systems. Poster presentation at the annual Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) conferences. Montgomery, AL.

Amy Klass and Christopher Beals (2016). An Investigation into the Allelopathic Effects of the Invasive Alligator Weed, Alternanthera philoxeroides. Poster presentation at the annual ASB conference. Concord, NC.