Office: OE 163
Biology Expertise : Ecology, Biogeoscience
Dr. Samuel Neely is a conservation paleoecologist and environmental scientist interested in peat formation / peat collapse within the coastal critical zone and environmental processes that shape modern and ancient coastal wetlands. His doctoral research at Texas A&M University explored taphonomic controls on peat formation and sequestration in mangrove forests. This research established modern peat analogs that facilitated detailed reconstructions of precursor mangrove depositional environments from historical peats and this research had implications for interpreting ancient permineralized peat deposits in deep time. He is interested in the effect of invasive species on the stability of ecosystems through space and time. During his time at UNCW, he researched predator-prey interactions among Plio-Pleistocene molluscs from the Tjörnes deposits, Iceland, and Red Crag Formation, England, across the trans-Arctic invasion. Other research interests include the evolution of terrestrial pulmonate gastropods and Brachyuran crabs, organism-substrate interactions, and microplastics in coastal sediments.
Currently, his postdoctoral research involves surveying the range of the invasive New Guinea Flatworm and its effect on native tree snail populations in Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve, which will be used to inform management actions aimed at reducing its potential spread throughout South Florida.
Research AreasConservation, Environmental Science, Paleocology
PhD Geology, Texas A&M University
MS Geology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
BS Biology with a minor in Chemistry, Presbyterian College
BS Psychology, Presbyterian College
Neely, S. H. and Raymond, A. (2023). The influence of the taphonomically active zone on peat formation: Establishing modern peat analogs to decipher mangrove sub-habitats from historical peats. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.
Neely, S. H. (2023). Effects of bioturbation by the fiddler crab Leptuca speciosa (Ives, 1891) (Brachyura, Ocypodidae) on mangrove peat, Barnes Sound, Florida, United States. Journal of Crustacean Biology. https://doi.org/10.1093/jcbiol/ruad006
Neely, S. H., Kelley, P. K., and Friedman, M. M. (2021). Predator-prey interactions among Pliocene molluscs from the Tjörnes Peninsula, Iceland, across the trans-Arctic invasion. Lethia, 54(5), 643-663. https://doi.org/10.1111/let.12426