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Welcome to the Stillman Lab

We study the environmental physiology of marine and aquatic organisms in order to better understand the ecological consequences of physiological responses to climate change. Many of our projects focus on organismal responses to changes in temperature, pH, and salinity associated with global climate change, ocean acidification, and changes in freshwater flow in riverine and estuarine ecosystems.

We research a broad diversity of marine organisms, including crabs, sea hares, coccolithophores, clams, and freshwater invertebrates including crustaceans and insects. A broad range of approaches are used in our studies, including laboratory and field work, and response variables we measure include morphology, metabolic physiology, protein biochaemistry, and genomics, in particular transcriptomics.

Projects currently underway in our laboratory involve an examination of correlated changes in thermal phenotype and gene expression during thermal acclimation, acclimatization, and stress responses in porcelain crabs, functional genomics of porcelain crabs, larval biology of crabs, responses of crabs to ocean acidification, metabolic responses to environmental salinity change in an invasive clam in San Francisco Bay, physiological and genomic responses of unicellular calcifying algae to climate change and ocean acidification, and the thermal biology of freshwater insect larvae.

Please explore this website to learn more about our research interests and the interesting, talented, and fun-loving people involved.