Gregory Herbert

Associate Professor 


Office: NES 215
Lab: SCA 519


Ph.D., University of California - Davis


My research investigates the ecology and evolution of marine ecosystems with particular focus on shelled marine invertebrates. Research in my lab involves a variety of tools, including stable isotope geochemistry, molecular and morphological phylogenetics, paleoecological statistics, and finite element modeling. Current research is heavily focused on documenting the extent of human impacts on biodiversity in the Anthropocene and providing actionable information on conservation priorities to policy makers. 

Former Lab Members and Associated Lab Members

  • Dr. Lauren Carter, PhD, 2023 (Data scientist, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA))
  • Dr. Stephen Hesterberg, PhD 2022 (Director, Gulf Shellfish Institute)
  • Dr. Ryan Harke, PhD, 2021 (Archaeologist, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA))
  • Nicole Seiden, MS, 2021 (Geospatial scientist, CALTRAN Engineering Group)
  • Dr. Nasser Al Qattan, PhD, 2018 (Assistant Professor, University of Kuwait)
  • Kaydee West, MS, 2016 (PhD student, University of Alabama)
  • Dr. Subhronil Mondal, PhD, 2015 (Assistant Professor, University of Calcutta)
  • Dr. Shubhabrata Paul, PhD, 2013 (Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology)
  • Heather (Bender) Ferrie, MS, 2013 (Instructor, University of Montana)
  • Dr. Jack Hutchings, MS, 2012 (Research Scientist, Washington University)
  • Dr. Jennifer Sliko, PhD, 2010 (Assistant Teaching Professor, Penn State)
  • Dr. Lisa Whitenack, Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2009 (Associate Professor, Allegheny College)
  • Dr. Julie (McKnight) Konkel, MS, 2009 (Watershed Coordinator, Blount County, Tennessee)

Graduate Students

  • Aaron Avery
  • Lyndsey Grossmann
  • Alizé Hardin
  • Ziba Shojaei

Specialty Area

Conservation Paleobiology, Stable Isotope Geochemistry, Marine Science

Recent Publications

Nasser M. Al-Qattan, G. S. Herbert, H. J. Spero, S. D. McCarthy, R. McGeady, R. Tao, A. M. Power, 2023. Stable isotope sclerochronology-based forensic reconstruction of the MH370 debris drift path. AGU Advances.  

 Herbert, G. S., S. A. Hill, M. J. Pio, R. Carney, A. Carlson, E. Newham, J. A. Bright, 2023. Three-dimensional visualization of predatory gastropod feeding teeth with synchrotron scanning. Journal of Morphology  

 Herbert, G. S., S. G. Hesterberg, S. P. Geiger, 2023. Life history of the herbivorous marine gastropods Turbo castanea and Lithopoma americanum, harvested for Florida’s ornamental aquarium trade. Journal of Shellfish Research 42:99-103.  

 Herbert, G. S., S. P. Geiger, S. G. Hesterberg, N. Seiden, J. A. Rogers, R. M. Harke, M. Šala, K. J. West, E. A. Goddard, 2022. Age and growth of one of the world’s largest carnivorous gastropods, the Florida Horse Conch, Triplofusus giganteus (Kiener, 1840), a target of unregulated, intense harvest, PLoS ONE 17:e0265095. 

 Radabaugh, K., S. Hesterberg, S. King, G. S. Herbert, P. Frederick, and W. Pine, 2021.  Chapter 4: Big Bend and Springs Coast, In: Oyster Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Project Report for the State of Florida, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Technical Report.  Version 2.0, added 6/2021 

 Oberstaller, J., et al., 2020. OneHealth Codeathon of host-microbiome interactions – a novel approach integrating social sciences and data sciences. F1000Research.  

 Hesterberg, S. G., G. S. Herbert, T. J. Pluckhahn, R. Harke, N. M. Al-Qattan, C. T. Duke, E. Moore, M. Smith, A. Delgado, and C. P. Sampson.  2020.  Prehistoric baseline reveals substantial decline of oyster reef condition in a Gulf of Mexico conservation priority areaBiology Letters 16:20190865.  

 Zimmt, J. B., R. Lockwood, C. F. T. Andrus, and G. S. Herbert, 2019. Sclerochronological bias for growth increment counting: a reliable technique for life-span determination of Crassostrea virginica from the  Mid-Atlantic United States. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 516:54-63.  

 Barco, A., G. S. Herbert, R. Houart, G. Fassio, M. Oliverio, 2016.  A molecular phylogenetic framework for the subfamily Ocenebrinae (Gastropoda, Muricidae).  Zoologica Scripta.  

 Ellis, G., G. S. Herbert, and D. Hollander, 2014. Compound-specific isotopic analysis of shell organic matter in Crassostrea virginica from Rookery Bay, Florida: a potential archive of environmental data.  Journal of Shellfisheries Research. 33:217-225.