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Function (Physiology & Biomechanics)

Physiology is the integrative study of how and why animals function: how they are built, how they respond and adapt to their environment, and how they regulate vital processes such as feeding, breathing, and moving.

Physiological research at Hopkins spans a tremendous range of topics: from the flow of ions through individual membrane channels, to the mechanisms that allow tunas to heat their muscles, to the feeding mechanics of blue whales.

Shaili Johri

I am a geneticist who works in the field of marine science and conservation. My work is aimed at reducing knowledge gaps in conservation science through scientific research, community partnerships and knowledge exchange across disciplines. Genomics research by our group aims to inform conservation policy and assist in reducing illegal wildlife trade.

Benjamin Burford

I earned my B.S. in field and wildlife biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2013. After graduation, I worked for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the National Marine Fisheries Service in the respective fields of deep sea and anadromous fish ecology. In fall 2015, I enrolled in the Biology PhD program at Stanford University where my research utilizes in situ footage, scientific surveys, animal-borne data loggers, oceanographic data and molecular techniques to understand the migratory behaviors of ecologically and economically important Pacific squids and the environmental (...)

Mark Denny

Phone: (831) 655-6208
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 (...)

William Gilly

Phone: (831) 655-6219

Jeremy Goldbogen

Phone: (831) 655-6234

George Somero

Phone: (831) 655-6238
EDUCATIONB.A. 1962 Carleton College - BiologyPh.D. 1967 Stanford University - BiologyPROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE2008-current Associate Director—Hopkins Marine Station2005-current Senior Fellow—Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University2000-2008 Director—Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University1995-current David and Lucile Packard Professor of Marine Science, Stanford University1991-1995 Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology, Oregon State University1980-1991 Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego1984-1989 John Dove Isaacs (...)

Stuart Thompson

Phone: (831) 277-1849