BML Faculty

Ernie ChangDr. Ernest S. Chang
Professor, BML/Departments of Animal Science and Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior

Ernie Chang’s research involves the comparative physiology of aquatic invertebrates, particularly lobsters and crabs. Several students have co-authored papers with Dr. Chang on research they did during BML classes. His research interests include regulation of behavior, environmental stress responses and hormonal control of molting and development. At BML he co-teaches Physiological Adaptation Projects (NPB 141P), Physiological Adaptation of Marine Organisms (NPB 141) and Colloquium (BIS 123). On the UCD campus he co-teaches Comparative Endocrinology (NPB 128). Dr. Chang is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Gary CherrDr. Gary N. Cherr
BML Director, Professor, BML/Departments of Environmental Toxicology and Nutrition

Gary Cherr’s research focuses on the effects of both natural and human stressors on reproduction, development and larvae of marine and estuarine organisms. These include invertebrates as well as fish. His laboratory studies how natural stressors such as changes in salinity and temperature affect early life stages and their ability to cope with pollution. He also studies the physiological mechanisms that developing organisms employ in order to survive in highly impacted environments. At BML Dr. Cherr teaches Environmental Stress and Development in Marine Organisms (ETX 127, Summer Session I), Physiological Adaptations of Marine Organisms (NPB 141 and 141P, Spring Quarter), Colloquium (BIS 123), and Experimental Approaches to Problems in Coastal Toxicology (PTX 230, Special Summer Session). On the UC Davis campus, Dr. Cherr teaches Aquatic Toxicology (ETX 120, alternate winter quarters).

Jim CleggDr. James S. Clegg
Professor Emeritus, BML/Section of Molecular & Cellular Biology

Jim Clegg’s research emphasizes the role of stress proteins and molecular “chaperones” in how organisms respond to stress and how tolerance to stress is induced. He has applied molecular techniques to help determine why commercially valuable oysters suffer from mass mortalities in the summer. His research interests include comparative biochemistry, particularly involving molecular and metabolic adaptations of invertebrates to environmental extremes. Dr. Clegg was a Senior Fulbright Research Fellow in Belgium.

Brian GaylordDr. Brian Gaylord
Associate Professor, BML/Department of Evolution and Ecology

Brian Gaylord studies ecological biomechanics and biological-physical coupling in marine coastal ecosystems. He is interested in general patterns in biology that arise from physiologically or environmentally imposed physical constraints. Research topics include the means by which intertidal plants and animals cope with breaking waves, oceanographic influences on species range limits, the dispersal ecology of seaweeds, and forest-flow interactions in kelp beds.

Tessa HillDr. Tessa Hill
Associate Professor, BML/Department of Geology

Tessa Hill’s research focuses on marine records of climate change, utilizing corals and microfossils to reconstruct past oceanographic conditions. Specific interests include the role of methane in climate change, the importance of deep ocean circulation to the Earth’s climate system, and anthropogenic impacts on coastal systems. At BML, Dr. Hill teaches GEL/ESP 150C, Biological Oceanography. On the UC Davis campus, Dr. Hill teaches GEL 16 (The Oceans) and GEL 228 (Topics in Paleoceanography).

John LargierDr. John Largier
Professor, BML/Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Dr. Largier’s research in coastal oceanography is directed at better understanding and resolving ecological and environmental issues through the study of currents, transport, and mixing in ocean, bay and estuary waters. Specific interests include, larval dispersal, patterns of coastal pollution, coastal ocean observing systems, and marine protected areas. He regularly teaches Coastal Oceanography (ESP152) at BML and Principles of Environmental Science (ESP110) in Davis, in addition to other courses on a less regular basis.

Steven MorganDr. Steven G. Morgan
Professor, BML/Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Steven Morgan studies how marine populations, communities, and ecosystems are regulated by nature and anthropogenic environmental factors in a changing global environment. His research on the ecology and behavior of invertebrates and fishes examines both adult and larval phases of marine life cycles with the ultimate goal of understanding the evolution of life histories in the sea and better managing coastal resources. Specific interests include larval behavior, migration, predation, phenotypic plasticity, rocky shore communities, wetland health and marine reserves. At BML, he teaches Population Biology and Ecology (BIS 122/122P), Marine and Coastal Field Ecology (ESP 124), Trends in Marine Ecology (ECL 290) and co-teaches Colloquium in Marine Science (BIS 123). On the UCD campus he co-teaches Marine Ecology: Concepts and Practices (ECL 214).

Eric SanfordDr. Eric Sanford
Associate Professor BML/Department of Evolution and Ecology

Eric Sanford’s research focuses on understanding how global environmental change influences population dynamics, species interactions, and species’ geographic range limits along the coasts of California and Oregon. His work with marine intertidal invertebrates addresses both ecological and evolutionary processes and uses integrative field and laboratory experiments to explore how changes in temperature and sea water chemistry influence marine ecosystems.

Don StrongDr. Donald R. Strong
Professor, BML/Department of Evolution and Ecology

Don Strong’s research focuses on two major areas. He studies the world of subterranean food webs and how the insects that harm plants in coastal communities are controlled by diseases, parasites and predators. He also is an expert in invasive species, especially those that have recently arrived in salt marshes.

Susan WilliamsDr. Susan L. Williams
Professor, BML/Department of Evolution and Ecology

Susan Williams studies the marine ecology of seagrass and seaweed communities. She uses physiological tools to assess how marine plants provide ecosystem services (primary productivity, nutrient cycling, and food web support) and also how they respond to environmental stress. Many of her studies involve how to improve the restoration and conservation of seagrass meadows. Much of her recent research is devoted to the ecological effects of invasive non-native marine species (mussels, anemones, seaweeds) on seagrass communities. Dr. Williams is an Aldo Leopold Fellow in Environmental Leadership, as well as a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.