SPMC Faculty

Dr. Jude Apple, Marine Scientist/Public Education Specialist. Aquatic microbial ecology, hypoxia and water quality, metabolic and phylogenetic characteristics of bacterioplankton, marine science education.

Dr. Shawn M. Arellano, Marine Scientist. Biological mechanisms that affect larval dispersal and successful recruitment of invertebrates, including reproduction, larval swimming behavior, larval development & physiology, settlement dynamics, and metamorphosis. Deep-sea biology, especially of chemosynthesis-based ecosystems. Invertebrate-microbial interactions.

Dr. Brian L. Bingham, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences. Ecology of marine benthic communities, with emphasis on larval processes. Effects of larval behavior and post-settlement juvenile mortality on population dynamics of subtidal marine invertebrates, gametogenic cycles, invertebrate larval defense mechanisms, and development of epifaunal communities.

Dr. Liz Francis, Resident Scientist. Relationship of anemone ecology with anemone body size, growth by cloning, and the evolution of specialized behaviors, organs and organelles for selectively attacking either competitors or predators.

Dr. Brooke Love, Assistant Professor, Huxley College. Dissolved gases in the marine environment and development of new instrumentation. Specifically, carbon dioxide as it relates to ocean acidification, and the volatiles associated with deep sea hot springs.

Dr. M. Brady Olson, Marine Scientist. Planktonic predator and prey interactions. The response of planktonic individuals, populations and communities to emerging climate stressors. Coastal planktonic food web ecology, with emphasis on copepod feeding behavior.

Dr. Jennifer Purcell, Marine Scientist. Biological oceanography, zooplankton ecology. Trophic interactions, population dynamics, and behavior of gelatinous zooplankton, especially cnidarians and ctenophores. Effects of jellyfish on fish populations. Nematocyst function and chemoreception.

Dr. Suzanne L. Strom, Senior Marine Scientist. Ecology and physiology of marine planktonic protozoa. Planktonic food web structure and function. Algal and animal pigments as biomarkers for organisms and processes in the ocean. Role of planktonic organisms, especially protozoa, in biogeochemical cycles.

Dr. Stephen D. Sulkin, Professor and Director Emeritus. Nutritional requirements of the planktotrophic larval stages of brachyuran crab species. Assessment of the range of microbial prey ingested by crab larvae, ingestion rates on protistans, consumption of microbial prey by larvae in the presence of mezzo-zooplankton prey, and temporal patterns of ingestion and digestion of protists.

Dr. Kathy Van Alstyne, Marine Scientist. Algal ecology and physiology. Marine plant-herbivore interactions.Chemical defenses of marine seaweeds. Effects of environmental change on chemical defenses and plant-herbivore interactions. Biogeography and evolution of defenses and defense strategies.

Dr. Sylvia Yang, Marine Scientist. Ecology with focus on organism-environment interactions in intertidal marine systems. Disturbance, recovery, and ecosystem function in seagrass habitats. Integrating empirical methods with mathematical modeling to understand ecological processes.


SPMC Staff

Steve Anderson, Information Technology Specialist

Kelley Bright, Research Associate

Denise Crowe, Marine Science Public Education Specialist

Jay Dimond, Marine Technologist / Research Technologist

Joyce Foster, Custodian

Amy Fotheringham, Secretary Supervisor

Kerri Fredrickson, Research Assistant

Horng-Yuh Lee, Instruction & Classroom Support Technician

Jim Loudon, Maintenance Mechanic

Gene McKeen, Manager of Academic and Support Services

Capt. Nathan T. Schwarck, Safety Professional (Diving Safety Officer)

Other Western Washington University Marine Science Faculty

Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez (Biology) Behavior and ecology of marine mammals and seabirds, marine protected areas.

Dr. Roger A. Anderson (Biology) Vertebrate physiology and ecology. Lizard energetics, ecology and evolution.

Dr. Leo R. Bodensteiner ( Environmental Sciences) Lotic ecology and aquatic habitat restoration, environmental tolerance of aquatic organisms, freshwater fisheries management, and aquaculture.

Dr. Deborah A. Donovan (Biology) Marine biology and physiological ecology. Energetics of marine invertebrates focusing on locomotion and wave-swept environment.

Dr. Wayne Landis (Environmental Sciences) Environmental toxicology, use of multivariate analysis in data analysis, application of complex systems theory to risk assessment, and development of the Relative Risk Model for multiple stressor and regional-scale risk assessment and managment.

Dr. Benjamin Miner (Biology). Biology of marine invertebrates. Evolutionary and ecological consequences of phenotypic plasticity.

Dr. Craig L. Moyer (Biology) Microbial evolution and molecular phylogeny. Natural history of prokaryotes; molecular approaches in exploring microbial diversity, community structure and ecology.

Dr. Joann J. Otto (Biology) Cell motility and the cytoskeleton. The role of fascin in bundling actin in filopodia and microvilli in sea urchin coelomocytes and eggs. Cytokinesis in sea urchin embryos.

Dr. John Rybczyk (Environmental Sciences) Wetland and estuarine ecology, wetland plant ecology, restoration ecology, and ecosystem modelling.

Dr. David H. Shull (Environmental Sciences) Soft-bottom benthic community structure and function. Effects of benthic organisms on particle and porewater transport in marine sediments. Ecology of marine deposit feeders.

Dr. Ruth Sofield (Environmental Sciences) Environmental toxicology. Effects of contaminants on population gene structure, bioavailability of contaminants, and development of contaminant biomarkers.

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