Mark Denny

John B. and Jean De Nault Professor of Marine Science at the Hopkins Marine Station
Department:
Hopkins Marine Station
Mark Denny
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.

Publications

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.
2021
Denny, M. (2021). Wave-Energy Dissipation: Seaweeds and Marine Plants Are Ecosystem Engineers. FLUIDS, 6(4).
2021
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.
2020
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.
2020
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.
2020
LaScala-Gruenewald, D. E., & Denny, M. W. (2020). Long-term mechanistic hindcasts predict the structure of experimentally-warmed intertidal communities. OIKOS.
2020
Denny, M. (2019). Performance in a variable world: using Jensen's inequality to scale up from individuals to populations. CONSERVATION PHYSIOLOGY, 7, coz053.
2019
Denny, M. W. (2018). Survival in spatially variable thermal environments: Consequences of induced thermal defense. INTEGRATIVE ZOOLOGY, 13(4), 392–410.
2018
Denny, M. (2018). Survival in Spatially Variable Thermal Environments: Consequences of Induced Thermal Defense. Integrative Zoology.
2018
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.
2017

Contact

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