Department of Biological Sciences

Faculty research interests

Biology faculty and students engage in research in the following major areas, with several faculty spanning multiple areas. Adjunct faculty from other USM departments and from local nongovernmental organizations and federal agencies bring additional expertise. For more information about their work, click on the faculty member's name.


Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Physiology

Hormonal control of insect metamorphosis -- Dave Champlin

Effects of arsenic on the developing nervous system -- Doug Currie

Genetic determinants of wing shape in Drosophila -- Ken Weber

Trade offs between form and function in fishes -- Jeff Walker

Signaling mechanisms impacting vascular development and remodeling -- Lucy Liaw (adjunct faculty)

Embryonic kidney development and kidney disease -- Leif Oxburgh (adjunct faculty)




Ecology and Evolution

Predator-prey dynamics in marine systems -- Rachel Lasley-Rasher

Evolution of mammalian social behavior -- Chris Maher

Salt marsh plant ecology -- Terry Theodose

Evolutionary models of trade offs between form and function -- Jeff Walker

Long term selection for wing shape and flight performance in Drosophila -- Ken Weber

Effects of mercury and other contaminants on wildlife -- David Evers (adjunct faculty)

Algal physiological ecology and marine agronomy -- Ira Levine (adjunct faculty)

Mortality threats and factors affecting reproduction in loons -- Jim Paruk (adjunct faculty)

Ecology of pelagic seabirds -- Iain Stenhouse (adjunct faculty)

Freshwater-marine linkages and salt marsh restoration -- Karen Wilson (adjunct faculty)

Estuarine ecology, restoration, and protection -- Curtis Bohlen (adjunct faculty)

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