Dowd Lab @ LMU: Marine Ecophysiology
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  Ecological and evolutionary physiology of the environmental stress response

We study interactions among physiology, behavior, ecology, and evolution in animals that occupy the dynamic habitats such as estuaries and the intertidal zone that fringe the ocean's margins. These habitats require animals to cope with extreme and rapidly fluctuating contemporary environmental conditions. Rare, but extreme, environmental events - and the functional abilities needed to endure them - are also likely to play a significant role in determining future ecological and evolutionary patterns. We apply approaches at multiple levels of biological organization (proteins, organisms, populations) as part of an integrative approach to understanding animal function in the face of such extremes. We pursue the ultimate goal of assessing the ecological and evolutionary implications of environmental stress physiology in a dynamic and changing ocean.

   Lab news

Summer 2016 at Hopkins Marine Station

Research students Emma Strand and Brian Hizon have joined us for 2 months at our field site on Monterey Bay. Follow Emma's blog to learn more and to see some of her great photos.

Physiological and environmental variation in the rocky intertidal zone

Our recent mussel work appeared in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

MusselTracker v2 is live!




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