Florida State University, B.S., 1969
Florida State University, M.S., 1972
Florida State University, Ph.D., 1976
The overall theme of my research is how environmental factors, e.g., salinity, heavy metals, phytoplankton and dissolved gases, affect the physiology of clams and mussels. The current emphasis of my research focuses on the neural control of muscle fibers in clam gills and how this control is modulated by nitric oxide and hydrogen sulfide. Both of these dissolved gases occur naturally iin marine ecosystems in addition to being synthesized by the muscle fibers. This research will lead to an understanding of how exogenous and endogenous factors modulate feeding and respiration in clams.
Gainey, Louis F. Jr. 2011. The effects of temperature, season, and nitric oxide on clearance rates in isolated gills of the heterodont clams Mercenaria mercenaria and Arctica islandica. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 409: 160-165.
Gainey, Louis F. Jr. 2010. Seasonal potentiation of gill muscle contraction in four species of bivalve molluscs. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 391: 43-49.
Gainey, Louis F. Jr. 2007. Seasonal control of particle clearance by isolated gills from the clam Mercenaria mercenaria. Journal of Experimental Biology. 210: 2518-2525.