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

We are moving and looking for a new postdoc!

Our lab is moving to the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University in July 2017. Please visit us there
Thanks to LMU for 6 great years.

Congratulations, Lani

Postdoc Lani Gleason recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Genomics at Sacramento State University!

New NSF IOS grant

Our intertidal copepod work has recently been funded by NSF Integrative Organismal Systems. We'll be looking at physiological performance in the face of co-variation in multiple environmental stressors, under both present-day and projected future scenarios. This work is in collaboration with Mark Denny's lab at Hopkins Marine Station.

MusselTracker v2 has completed 2 field seasons (>30 GB of data!)




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