Dr. Alison Roark is one of the newest members of Furman's Department of Biology. She is a broadly trained animal physiologist with research interests relating to nutrition, reproduction, and ecotoxicology. She double-majored in biology and chemistry at the University of Virginia and then earned a PhD at the University of Florida in the laboratory of Dr. Karen Bjorndal, director of the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research. As a postdoctoral associate, she co-directed the HHMI-funded Group-Advantaged Training of Mentorship (GATOR) Program, also at the University of Florida. She subsequently participated in the NSF-funded Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching (FIRST) Program as both a scholar and a team leader. She came to Furman in 2012 after teaching for three years at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. She is an affiliate faculty member with the Shi Center for Sustainability and is also a member of Furman's Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.