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Name & contact Research area Representative publications
Dr. Karen Chan,
Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology
How small planktonic organisms interact with their fluid environment, ecological and evolutionary implications of these interactions, & how changing climate may affect them. # Chan, K.Y.K, Jiang, H.S., Padilla, D.K., (2013) Swimming speed of larval snail is independent of size and ciliary beat frequency. PLoS-One. 8: e82764
# Chan, K.Y.K. 2012. Biomechanics of larval morphology affect swimming: insights from the sand dollars Dendraster excentricus. Intr. Comp. Biol. 52:458-469
Dr. Megan Dethier, Research Professor, U. of Washington (mdethier%uw*e/d/u) Marine community ecology, especially of shorelines; shoreline monitoring; and assessment of certain types of human impacts. #Dethier, M.N., S.L. Williams and A. Freeman. 2005. Seaweeds under stress: manipulated stress and herbivory affect critical life history functions. Ecological Monographs 75:403-418.
# Dethier, M.N., J. Ruesink, H. Berry, A. G. Sprenger. 2012. Decoupling of recruitment from adult clam assemblages along an estuarine shoreline. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 422:48-54.
Dr. Jason Hodin,
Independent Researcher (seastar%stanford*e/d/u)
Evolutionary Developmental Biology. Larval biology. Metamorphosis. Insect Biology. Invertebrate biology especially echinoderms. For publications please see
Sönke Johnsen, Ph.D.
Professor, Duke University (sjohnsen%duke*e/d/u)
Visual ecology: pelagic camouflage & countermeasures, transparency mechanisms, ecology of polarization & UV vision, sexual signaling, evolution of vision, & vision in non-cephalized animals. # Johnsen, S. (2012). The Optics of Life: A Biologist’s Guide to Light in Nature. Princeton University Press.
# Johnsen, S. (2013). Hide and seek in the open sea: Pelagic camouflage and visual countermeasures. Annual Review of Marine Science 9, (corrected proofs on-line).
Richard Morley, Ph.D.
Senior Statistics Lecturer, Texas State Univ. (rmorley76%hotmail*c/o/m)
Culture, Human Development, and Learning with an emphasize on Quantitative Methods. # Morley, R. (2013) Cerebello-striatal connectivity and implicit learning in autism spectrum disorders. Ph.D. Dissertation.
# I am familiar with a variety of software packages, including STATA, SPSS, Mplus, & AFNI, and methods, including Multivariate, Structural Equation Modeling, Bayesian, Bootstrapping, and Hierarchical Linear Modeling.
Dan Rittschof, Ph.D.
Professor, Duke University (ritt%duke*e/d/u)
Marine ecological interactions & evolutionary concepts of chemical communication in biofouling, environmental toxicology, ecology, larval settlement, & reproduction of invertebrates. Please see:
Dr. Daniel Speiser
Assistant Professor, U. of South Carolina (dispeiser%gmail*c/o/m)
Comparative physiology, with a focus on the structure, function, and evolution of the visual systems of marine invertebrates. # Speiser, D.I, D. Eernisse, and S. Johnsen (2011). A chiton uses aragonite lenses to form images. Current Biology 21: 665-670.
# Speiser, D.I, E.R. Loew, and S. Johnsen (2011). Spectral sensitivity of the concave mirror eyes of scallops: Potential influences of habitat, self-screening and longitudinal chromatic aberration. Journal of Experimental Biology. 214: 422-431.
Adam Summers, Ph.D.
Professor, U. of Washington (fishguy%uw*e/d/u)
I am a comparative biomechanist interested in how physics and engineering principles govern biological processes. I primarily work in aquatic systems and am very interested in new types of biomaterials. Please see
Andrew D. Thaler, Ph.D. (andrew*david*thaler%gmail*c/o/m) Andrew specializes in population and conservation genetics. He is interested in how marine populations interact with each other at local and global scales. # Thaler, Andrew D., et al. "The spatial scale of genetic subdivision in populations of Ifremeria nautilei, a hydrothermal-vent gastropod from the southwest Pacific." BMC evolutionary biology 11.1 (2011): 372.
# Thaler, Andrew David, et al. "Characterization of 12 polymorphic microsatellite loci in Ifremeria nautilei, a chemoautotrophic gastropod from deep-sea hydrothermal vents." Conservation Genetics Resources 2.1 (2010): 101-103.
George von Dassow, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate,
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, (dassow%uoregon*e/d/u)
Cell biology of embryos and larvae, especially cell division and the organization of the cytoskeleton. # von Dassow G, Emlet RB, Maslakova SA. How the pilidium larva feeds. Front Zool. 2013 Aug 9;10(1):47. doi: 10.1186/1742-9994-10-47. PubMed PMID: 23927417;
# von Dassow G, Verbrugghe KJ, Miller AL, Sider JR, Bement WM. Action at a distance during cytokinesis. J Cell Biol. 2009 Dec 14;187(6):831-45. doi: 10.1083/jcb.200907090. PubMed PMID: 20008563
Mickey von Dassow, Ph.D.
Guest researcher, Duke Marine Lab
Developmental biomechanics of (primarily) invertebrates # von Dassow, M., Function-dependent development in a colonial animal. The Biological Bulletin, 2006. 211(1): p. 76-82 DOI: 10.2307/4134580.
# von Dassow, M. and L.A. Davidson, Natural variation in embryo mechanics: Gastrulation in Xenopus laevis is highly robust to variation in tissue stiffness. Developmental Dynamics, 2009. 238(1): p. 2-18 DOI: 10.1002/dvdy.21809.
Yasmin von Dassow, M.S.
Graduate student, Duke Marine Lab
Ecology and evolution of marine invertebrates # von Dassow, Y. J., & Strathmann, R. R. (2005). Full of eggs and no place to lay them: hidden cost of benthic development. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 294, 23-34.
# Rahman, Y. J., Forward Jr, R. B., & Rittschof, D. (2000). Responses of mud snails and periwinkles to environmental odors and disaccharide mimics of fish odor. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 26(3), 679-696.
Lindsay Waldrop, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, UNC Chapel Hill
Fluid dynamics in the insides and outsides of invertebrate animals, especially tunicate hearts & crab noses; how the function of appendages changes during growth and evolution. # Please see

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