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.
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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 (...)
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 (...)