Work: 508 289 3463
Mobile: 240 367 3332
Building: Marine Research Facility 241
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543
My research interest is inspired by an interest in how animals respond physiologically and behaviourally to hypoxia and elevated pressures. I strive to integrate data collected from different levels of biological organization to better understand the organismal response to environmental challenges. I use a combination of theoretical, laboratory, and field studies to test hypotheses: what could be called “modern physiology”, where tools of other disciplines such as biochemistry, molecular biology, remote logging techniques and mathematics are applied to complement physiological data.
I believe that the comparative approach is particularly powerful when studying how physiological adaptations contribute to biological “fitness”, enabling animals to inhabit a wide range of habitats.
My current research uses both mathematical models and experiments to investigate when and how lungs collapse in marine mammals and if breath-hold diving animals ever experience N2 levels that could result in decompression sickness (DCS). If so, this raises the question: to what extent does N2 limit dive performance in diving animals?
2000 Ph.D. Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Thesis: On the Physiology of Hydrogen Diving and Its Implication for Hydrogen Biochemical Decompression
1996 B.Sc. Multidisciplinary Ocean Studies, Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI, USA.