Professor & Chair
Department of Integrative Biology (formerly Zoology)
3029 Cordley Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
BS, Yale University, 1984
PhD, University of California at Los Angeles, 1990 with Len Muscatine
Postdoc, University of Southern California, 1991-1993 with Margaret McFall-Ngai
Postdoc, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, 1993-1996 with Paul Levine
I have been on the faculty at OSU in the Department of Integrative Biology (formerly Zoology) since 1996. I obtained my B.S. from Yale University in 1984. It was here, in the laboratory of Dr. Leo Buss that I first became deeply involved in independent research, examining the ultrastructure of larvae of the hydroid Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus. I performed my thesis work from 1985-1990 in Dr. Len Muscatine’s lab where I found my career-long interest in coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis. From 1991-1993 I left coral symbiosis to study squid-luminous bacterial symbioses for my first postdoc in Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai’s lab at USC (now at U. Wisconsin Madison). From 1993-1996, I was a postdoc in Paul Levine’s lab at Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University’s marine lab. Here I returned to the study of cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis to study the temperate Pacific coast anemone Anthopleura elegantissima.
I participate in a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at OSU. I teach the animal form and function portion of the BI21X series, the introductory biology course in the Biology Program. I teach BI358, Symbioses and the Environment, a course that offers an in-depth treatment of a variety of important mutualistic symbioses. I teach Z361/362, Invertebrate Biology, a lecture and lab course that covers the broad spectrum of invertebrate diversity. I offer periodic graduate seminars on a range of topics. Topics of past seminars have included, Oxidative Stress, Biology of deep sea hydrothermal vent ecosystems, Ecophysiology of marine invertebrate larvae and mutualistic symbioses.