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Biography - Thomas R Sawicki


B.S., May 1998, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT. Major in biology, GPA 4.0;
cumulative GPA 4.0.

Ph.D., May 2004, Old Dominion University, Department of Biological Sciences, Norfolk, VA.
Ecological Sciences, GPA 3.99.


I am currently studying the systematics (taxonomy, evolutionary history, and biogeography) of the Floridan stygobitic fauna. Stygobitic species are those found exclusively in subterranean, groundwater habitats.


Sawicki, T. R. and J. R. Holsinger. 2005. New species and new records of weckeliid amphipod
crustaceans (Hadziidae) from caves in northern Mexico, with descriptions of two new genera Paraholsingerius and Tamaweckelia. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 118: 285-305.

Sawicki, T. R., J. R. Holsinger and T. M. Iliffe. 2005. New species of amphipod crustaceans in the genera Tegano and Melita (Hadzioidea: Melitidae) from subterranean groundwaters in Guam, Palau, and the Philippines. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 25: 49-74.

Sawicki, T. R., J. R. Holsinger and B. Sket. 2005. Redescription of the subterranean amphipod crustacean Flagitopisa philippensis (Hadzioidea: Melitidae), with notes on its unique morphology and clarification of the taxonomic status of Psammogammarus fluviatilis. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 53: 59-68.

Holsinger, J. R., T. R. Sawicki, & G. O. Graening. 2006. Bactrurus speleopolis, a new species of subterranean amphipod crustacean (Crangonyctidae) from caves in northern Arkansas. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 119 (1): 15-24.

Sawicki, T. R. , E. A. Lazo-Wasem and M. F. Gable. (In Preparation). New species of subterranean
amphipod crustacean in the genus Listriella (Liljeborgiidae) from Bermuda.


Sawicki, T. R. 2006. Growth and Sustainability: An Ecological Perspective. Quest, 7(1): 32-34.

Sawicki, T. R. 2006. Growth and Sustainability: An Ecological Perspective Part II. Quest, 7(3): 8-11.

Sawicki, T. R. 2007. Growth and Sustainability: An Ecological Perspective Part III. Quest, 8(1): 12-15.

Sawicki, T. R. 2008. Anthropogenic Influences on the Nitrogen Cycle and Their Connection to Climate Change. Quest, 9(3): 8-11.


I have been teaching at the collegiate level for seven years. Currently I teach for American Public University as an Adjunct Professor and at Macon State College as an Assitant Professor of Biology.

Courses taught include: General Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Ecology, and Evolutionary biology at both the undergraduate and graduate level.


I am very fortunate in that my vocation is my avocation. I have had the wonderful experience of cave diving in numerous exotic locations, such as Bermuda, Cuba, and the Bahamas and I have discovered and described many new species.

I am happily married with a son and two dogs.


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