Dr. Troy Nash

Senior Lecturer of Biology

EducationDr. Troy Nash

  • B.S. in Biology, Lander University
  • Ph.D. in Zoology, Clemson University

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Biology I (BIO 211)
  • Introduction to Biology II (BIO 212)
  • Invertebrate Zoology (BIO 300)
  • First-Year Student Experience (UNV 101)


Invertebrate Physiology; Marine Ecology; Discipline-Based Education Research

Research Interest

I have two primary research interests, marine invertebrates and discipline-based educational research (DBER). My research in graduate school focused on the physiological ecology of the invertebrate chordates, specifically investigating the energetics associated with their role as primary consumers in shallow coastal habitats. Many of the techniques that I use for this research are applicable to a variety of filter-feeding invertebrates in both marine and freshwater habitats. I’m happy to work with students and faculty members that are interested in aquatic ecology or animal physiology on related projects.

My research in DBER has focused on implementing evidence-based educational reform in introductory biology courses. This multifaceted effort involves creating a modern, interleaved curriculum, building a peer-mentor system, measuring normalized learning gain, and assessing student and faculty perception of the curriculum. I believe that teaching and learning work best in a collaborative environment, and I’m excited to work with any students and faculty members on educational research projects.


  • Shaw, T., Nash, T.R., Pigg, R.M., Grim, J.M., and Yang, S. 2017. The Hidden Role of “Buy-In”: How Faculty and Student Attitudes Impact Curricular Reform. National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Conference: St. Louis, MO. (peer-reviewed)
  • Nash, T.R., Pigg, R.M., Yang, S., Shaw, T., Grim, J.M. 2016. Integrating Biology with Inquiry Skills (IBIS) spreads its wings: Implementation insights from three institutions. National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Conference: Denver, CO. (peer-reviewed)
  • Harris, M.P., Nash, T.R., and Yang, S. 2015. Assessment of the Peer-Assisted Learning Resource Center for Introductory Biology Students at Presbyterian College. National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Conference: Providence, RI.
  • Hammett, J.T., Petz, J.K., & Nash, T.R. 2012. The prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii among humans and cats. Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the Southeast. University of South Carolina School of Medicine: Columbia, SC (peer-reviewed)


  • Shaw, T.J., Yang, S., Nash, T.R., Pigg, R.M., & Grim, J.M. 2019. Knowing is half the battle: Assessments of both student perception and performance are necessary to successfully evaluate curricular transformation. PLoS ONE 14 (1): e0210030.
  • Nash, T.R., Yang, S., & Inman, J.C. 2015. Growing a Thicker Skin: An Exercise for Measuring Organismal Adaptations to Terrestrial Habitats. American Biology Teacher 77:426-431.
  • Nash, T.R., Ruppert, E.E., & Colacino, J.M. 2009. The absorption efficiency and respiration rate of the Florida Lancelet, Branchiostoma floridae. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 154:570-574.
  • Ruppert, E.E., Nash, T.R., & Smith, A.J. 2000. The size range of suspended particles trapped and ingested by the filter-feeding lancelet Branchiostoma floridae (Cephalochordata, Acrania). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 80:329-332.
  • Nash, T.R. & Fox, R.S. 1997. Seasonal succession of planktonic cladocera in Lake Greenwood, South Carolina. Bulletin of the South Carolina Academy of Science 59:125.
  • Fox, R.S., Nash, T.R., Taylor, N., & Vahjen, M. 1997. The exotic zooplankter, Daphnia lumholtzi (Crustacea: Cladocera) in South Carolina reservoirs. Bulletin of the South Carolina Academy of Science 59:94.


Contact Dr. Troy Nash

(478) 301-2898