John B. and Jean De Nault Professor of Marine Science at the Hopkins Marine Station
Hopkins Marine Station
The field of biomechanics uses the principles of engineering and physics to understand how plants and animals function. I was raised as a biomechanic, beginning as an undergraduate at Duke University where I was recruited by two of the influential leaders of the field, Steve Wainwright and Steve Vogel. After my doctoral work at the University of British Columbia (where I explored the mechanics of gastropod locomotion with John Gosline), I began to wonder how biomechanics could be used in an ecological context, and I have been exploring this question ever since. Two years as a postdoc with Bob Paine at the University of Washington introduced me to the ecology of wave-swept shores, and it is in that uniquely stressful environment that my current research strives to advance our understanding of ecological mechanics.
Denny, M. W., & Dowd, W. W. (2021). Physiological Consequences of Oceanic Environmental Variation: Life from a Pelagic Organism's Perspective. Annual Review of Marine Science.
Denny, M. (2021). Wave-Energy Dissipation: Seaweeds and Marine Plants Are Ecosystem Engineers. FLUIDS, 6(4).
Moyen, N. E., Somero, G. N., & Denny, M. W. (2020). Mussels' acclimatization to high, variable temperatures is lost slowly upon transfer to benign conditions. The Journal of Experimental Biology.
Dowd, W. W., & Denny, M. W. (2020). A series of unfortunate events: characterizing the contingent nature of physiological extremes using long-term environmental records. Proceedings. Biological Sciences, 287(1918), 20192333.
Moyen, N. E., Crane, R. L., Somero, G. N., & Denny, M. W. (2020). A single heat-stress bout induces rapid and prolonged heat acclimation in the California mussel, Mytilus californianus. Proceedings. Biological Sciences, 287(1940), 20202561.
LaScala-Gruenewald, D. E., & Denny, M. W. (2020). Long-term mechanistic hindcasts predict the structure of experimentally-warmed intertidal communities. OIKOS.
Denny, M. (2019). Performance in a variable world: using Jensen's inequality to scale up from individuals to populations. CONSERVATION PHYSIOLOGY, 7, coz053.
Denny, M. W. (2018). Survival in spatially variable thermal environments: Consequences of induced thermal defense. INTEGRATIVE ZOOLOGY, 13(4), 392–410.
Denny, M. (2018). Survival in Spatially Variable Thermal Environments: Consequences of Induced Thermal Defense. Integrative Zoology.
Denny, M. (2017). The fallacy of the average: on the ubiquity, utility and continuing novelty of Jensen's inequality. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY, 220(2), 139–46.