Cnidarian Regulatory Biology and Stress Responses

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Starlet sea anemone (Nematostella vectensis) eating a brine shrimp (small brown spot indicated by an arrow). Animals (including humans) can be exposed to pollutants through many routes, including ingenstion of contaminanted food sources.

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Living in a Dynamic World: Nematostella vectensis is a small, burrowing sea anemone that is native to salt marshes in the Atlantic coast of the United States.


The anemones must detect environmental cues related to their surrounding conditions. They may then respond by adjusting their physiology or perhaps even moving to a better spot.

In collaboration with Dr. Matthew Jenny (University of Alabama), we are investigating the effects of oil exposure on gene expression and physiology Nematostella.

Some of our results have been published in the Journal of Experimental Biology (2014), or please see an article in Oceanus Magazine describing the early stages of this project.


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