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Dr. Wendy L. Ryan's
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FALL 2014

Office Hours

M & W 10:00 AM - NOON BH 243

And by appointment...
Phone x34310

Class Schedule

BIO/MAR 326 - Marine Ecology
Lecture:     M & W     9:00 AM - 9:50 AM     BH 104
Lab:     Th     8:00 AM - 10:50 AM     BH 256


Courses Taught

BIO 010 Basic Biology.
BIO 011 Basic Biology Laboratory.
BIO 104 Principles of Biology.
BIO 105 Principles of Biology Laboratory.
BIO 106 Zoology.
BIO 107 Zoology Laboratory.
BIO 130 Environmental Issues: Global Perspective.
BIO/MAR 226 Marine Biology.
BIO/MAR 227 Marine Biology Laboratory.
BIO/MAR 234/235 Animal Physiology.
BIO 242/243 Ecosystems Ecology.
BIO 270 Research Methods Laboratory.
BIO 300 Comparative Animal Physiology.
BIO/MAR 320 Physiological Ecology.
BIO/MAR 321 Physiological Ecology Laboratory.
BIO/MAR 326/327 Marine Ecology.
BIO/MAR 340/341 Marine Mammals.
BIO 370 Research in Biology.
BIO 380 Senior Seminar.
BIO 390 Internship in Biology.
ENV 100/101 Introduction to Environmental Science.
MAR/GEL 110/111 Introduction to Oceanography.
MAR 370 Independent Research in Marine Science.
MAR 380 Senior Seminar.
MAR 390 Internship in Marine Science.

AEROSE 2004 Research Cruise

AEROSE 2004 Cruise Track

At left, a late-stage embryo following decompression from a gas pressure of 13000 KPa N2. Note the bubbles that have formed in the head region and yolk sac.


Ph.D. - Marine Biology
Dissertation title: An Analysis of the Role of Hydrophobic Surfaces and Crevices in Bubble Formation at Low Gas Supersaturation. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, 1991.
M.S. - Marine Biology
Thesis title: Gas Supersaturation Thresholds for Bubble Formation in and Damage to Sea Urchin Eggs and Embryos. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, 1988.
B.S. - Biology with High Honors
Michigan State University, 1984.

Research Interests:

My research interests include the mechanisms of gas bubble formation as they relate to decompression sickness. I have worked with both in vitro and in vivo systems in an attempt to clarify our understanding of this process. Most recently I have used fish embryos and newly hatched fry to study the bubble formation in vertebrates, as it might involve the presence or function of specific organ systems or structures. Fish also suffer from a gas bubble-related condition, gas bubble trauma, and are thought to be particularly sensitive to gas supersaturation.  This may make it easier to study the conditions and system(s) responsible for gas bubble formation in these organisms.

I have recently initiated a new project examining the feeding strategies and energy budget of the sea anenome Aiptasia .  So far preliminary results on both size-based prey selection and the productivity of the algal symbionts have proven to be very interesting.

As the former principle investigator for the Coastal Dolphin Research Project sponsored by the Marine Science Consortium, Wallops Island, VA, I am interested in the population status and habitat use of the migratory stock of the Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) along the upper latitudes of its range in the nearshore waters off Assateague and Wallops Islands, VA.

For more information, please see...

Curriculum Vita

Marine and other Biology Web Sites

Professionally Oriented Web Sites

Please address correspondence to:  ryan@kutztown.edu