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Campbell Hall 110
(205) 934-4799

Research and Teaching Interests: Statistics, Scientific Method/Environmental Endocrine Disruptors, Ocean Acidification

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.S., University of Wisconsin
  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Zoology

Being retired, I mostly advise graduate students these days. I have been involved, with students and colleagues, in numerous studies using the mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) as a model organism for evaluating the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals. I have collaborated with Drs. McClintock and Amsler and graduate students on the effects of lowered seawater pH, due to elevated levels of atmospheric CO2, on the fitness of antarctic invertebrates that make calcareous shells.

I have also worked with Dr. Marion and several graduate students to study the effects of urban development in a watershed on aquatic habitat quality and biological diversity in rivers. These studies employed EPA-recommended methods to assess the quality of the aquatic habitat and biological diversity (fish and macroinvertebrates) at numerous sites on rivers in the Birmingham vicinity.

  • Research Interests
    • Presence and biological effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in local water.
    • Effects of ocean acidification on marine invertebrates.
  • Recent Courses
    • BY245: Fundamentals of Scientific Investigation
    • BY655/755: Biometry
  • Select Publications
    • Melancon SR, Angus RA, Marion KR, "Growth of the flattened musk turtle, Sternotherus depressus Tinkle and Webb," Southeastern Naturalist 10 (No. 3, 2011): 399-408.
    • Schram JB, McClintock JB, Angus RA, Lawrence JM, "Regenerative capacity, biochemical composition and production, and behavior of the sea star Luidia clathrata (Say) (Echinodermata: Asteroidea) under conditions of near-future ocean acidification," Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 407 (2011): 266-74.
    • McClintock JB, Amsler MO, Angus RA, Challener RC, Schram JB, Amsler CD, Mah CL, Cuce J, Baker BJ, "The Mg-calcite composition of Antarctic echinoderms: important implications for predicting the impacts of ocean acidification," The Journal of Geology 119 (No. 5, 2011): 457-66.
    • Arwood BS, Peters RW, Angus RA, "The effectiveness of advanced oxidation techniques in degrading steroids in wastewater," The Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science 82 (2011): 1-13.
    • Raut SA, Howell WM, Angus RA, "Endocrine disrupting effects of spironolactone in female western mosquitofish, Gambusia affinis," Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 30 (No. 6, 2011): 1376-82.
  • Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies
    • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry