B.S. Fisheries, University of Washington, Seattle
B.S. Zoology, University of Washington, Seattle
Ph.D. Biology, Harvard University
BBIO 180 Introductory Biology I (Ecology and Evolution)
BBIO 351 Anatomy and Physiology I
BBIO 352 Anatomy and Physiology II
BBIO 393 Salmon and Society
BBIO 466 Evolution
BBIO 495 Investigative Biology
Future Faculty Fellows Mentorship
Ecology and evolution are foundational areas in biology, and their importance is increasingly recognized in many aspects of human health and general welfare. Understanding ecology is essential for conservation, natural resource management, understanding disease epidemics, and agriculture. Knowledge of evolution is increasingly recognized as important for controlling and understanding disease. More generally, both ecology and evolution inform our understanding of the breadth and origins of life's magnificent diversity. In my courses I seek to convey both the fascination and practical values of these fields. My teaching in anatomy and physiology builds in these themes, with particular emphasis on how an understanding of comparative anatomy and physiology can help us better understand ourselves.
My research investigates the biomechanics of fishes in an ecological and evolutionary context. This amounts to using an engineering perspective to understand how anatomy relates to ecological demands, and how history has shaped the ways in which anatomical systems function. Most recently I have been particularly interested in the biomechanics of fishes that feed on mollusks. The species I work on are able to crush mollusks using pharyngeal "jaws" (modified gill bars in their throat - see x-ray below) and to remove limpets from rocks using suction. Most of my work is done at the University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories.