Garey Lab Members


Dr. James Garey


Graduate Students

Madison Davis

PhD student studying the chemocline present in Hospital Hole, a deep sinkhole in the Weeki Wachee River in Florida. She is also testing the use of microbial communities from salty sinks for use in anaerobic digestion of marine aquaculture waste.


Chelsea Dinon

MS student and cave diver


  Arian Farid

PhD student who is studying the systematics and distribution of fleshy fungi in Florida. His work is being carried out in association with the USF Herbarium and Dr. Alan Franck. Arian is also the Curator of the USF Herbarium.


Bobby Scharping

PhD student and cave diver who is studying the biogeochemistry, hydrology and microbial communities in Sulphur Springs, an urban spring located in the City of Tampa.


Meghan Gordon

PhD Student

Undergraduate Students

Meredith Snyder - Honors Thesis Student

Kimberly Myers - Senior


Ian Reilly


Former Students

The Garey Lab in 2010

Left to right: Roy Vaughn PhD 2010 now adjunct instructor at USF, PhD; Dave Karlen, PhD 2010, now at Florida EPC; Haydn Rubelmann PhD 2014 now Instructor at USF; Alan Franck PhD 2012, now Herbarium Director; Tiehang Wu, former post-doctoral fellow- now Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University; James Garey; Damian Menning PhD 2014 now USGS Scientist.


The Garey lab in 2000

Left to right: Jon Slomba, Mike Robeson, Dr. Garey, Heather Hamilton, Brent Nichols, Hattie Wetherington, Terry Campbell.