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The Editorial Board

Melissa Pilgrim 2Dr. Melissa Pilgrim 

Dr. Pilgrim is an Associate Professor of Biology. Her primary research focus involves an integrative approach to investigating how ecosystems respond to environmental change (natural and anthropogenic). She uses herpetological systems as her animal models and currently has an army of undergraduate students working with her in a research group called Upstate Herpetology. She has published works in several journals, including the following: Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies; OIKOS; Copeia; and Southeastern Naturalist.


journal-carterDr. June Carter
Associate Editor

Dr. Carter is a Professor of Spanish and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. Her research interests include Latin American narrative and film; Afro-Hispanic literature; Latin American female writers; and US Latino/a literature. She has published works in several journals, including the following: Anuario de Letras; Latin American Literary Review; Caribbean Quarterly; The Rocky Mountain Review; Prismal Cabral; and Studies in Afro Hispanic Literature.


Dr. Michael DingerDr. Michael Dinger
Associate Editor 

Dr. Dinger is an Assistant Professor of Management. His research interests include information security and IT workforce management. He has published his work in several journals, including the following: MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce.



Dr. Lynette GibsonDr. Lynette Gibson
Associate Editor

Dr. Gibson is an Associate Professor of Nursing and the Director of Research in Nursing at the Mary Black School of Nursing. Her primary research is focused on increasing health equity in ethnic minorities. She is testing the effect of a community-based intervention on screening mammograms by African-American women. She has worked with several undergraduate nursing students in conducting and presenting this research. She was a 2014 Summer Nursing Research Institute Fellow at the Institute for Health Equity at the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania. She has published articles in Applied Nursing Research, ABNF Forum, Journal of the National Black Nurses’ Association and Clinical Nurse Specialist™.


Dr. Tina HerzbergDr. Tina Herzberg
Associate Editor 

Tina Herzberg, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Special Education and currently serves as Director of Graduate Programs for the School of Education. Her primary research interests are braille literacy and preparation of tactile materials for students who are visually impaired. Her research began with the exploration of quality in literary braille materials and has now transitioned to exploration of quality in math braille materials. Her work has primarily been published in the international peer-reviewed Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. Prior to her arrival at USC Upstate, she served as a general education classroom teacher, an itinerant teacher of students with visual impairment, specialist for a regional service center and adjunct instructor.


Elaine MarshallElaine Marshall
Associate Editor 

Elaine Marshall is the Director of Sponsored Awards at USC Upstate. She has been with the University since 1996 and works with all faculty and staff on the Upstate campus who pursue and receive grant funding. Elaine holds a national Certified Research Administrator designation from the Research Administrators Certification Council. She also has a BA in English and History and a MA in English Literature from Clemson, where she also taught full-time before coming to USC Upstate.


Dr. Ben MontgomeryDr. Ben Montgomery
Associate Editor 

Dr. Montgomery is an Assistant Professor of Biology. His research focuses on the evolutionary ecology of plant reproduction and plant pollinator interactions. He is currently focused on the partitioning of pollinators among different species of Silene, a genus of wildflowers with a wide array of floral traits and multiple pollination syndromes. Dr. Montgomery is also interested in delayed self-pollination as a mechanism that allows for cross pollinations while also providing reproductive assurance. His longer term research interests include competition for pollination between different species and mechanisms for the maintenance of cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) as well as repercussions of CMS for the maintenance of genetic diversity. He has been working with the Spartanburg Trees Coalition to work toward the eradication of Kudzu in the natural area on the USC Upstate Campus and is the de facto curator of the Upstate Herbarium. He has published his work in several journals, including the following: Biological Invasions, Oecologia, Annals of Botany,American Midland Naturalist, Oikos, and Botany.