Marine Invertebrate Physiology

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Ann Tarrant

We seek to understand understand how animals detect and respond to signals and stresses in the marine environment. These include responses to natural environmental signals, such as circadian rhythms or seasonal dormancy, as well as responses to stressors such as chemical pollutants. This summer, we are seeking a student to conduct physiological or ecological studies with, Nematostella vectensis, a sea anemone that lives in local marsh sediments and tolerates a wide range of environmental conditions. Possible projects include (1) analysis of the effects of light and/or UV radiation on burrowing behavior, (2) effects of aging on circadian physiology and/or behavior, (3) in vivo visualization of cellular redox state and study of oxidative stress responses.

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