Brian Gaylord, Ph.D.

Brian Gaylord

University of California, Davis – Department of Evolution and Ecology
Professor, Bodega Marine Laboratory

Bodega Marine Laboratory
P.O. Box 247
Bodega Bay , CA 94923

Phone: (707) 875-1940
Fax: (707) 875-2009
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Research Interests:

Marine Ecomechanics

The Gaylord lab conducts interdisciplinary research at the interface of biomechanics and marine ecology. Although the problems we tackle include a broad suite of topics and span multiple disciplines, most have some connection to one or both of two core questions: How do organisms with different sizes, shapes, and life histories cope with and/or benefit from their physical surroundings? How do aspects of the physical environment affect organisms' distributions and population characteristics over space and time?

Within the context of these two basic questions, we often focus on organismal and ecological problems where progress has been thwarted due to challenges in understanding linkages between biology and fluid flow. For example, we have explored topics such as potential hydrodynamic controls on size and shape in marine organisms, functional consequences of particular seaweed and invertebrate body designs, processes driving physical disturbance in coastal habitats, the influence of ocean flows on species range boundaries, the mechanics of nearshore mixing and transport as they apply to propagule dispersal and population structure, and impacts of ocean acidification on disturbance ecology of key community members. In conducting this work, we typically employ some combination of field, laboratory, and theoretical approaches. For more details on specific examples of our research, follow the links below:

Further information about certain research topics:

  • Hydrodynamics of wave-swept organisms
  • Biomechanics of flexible body plans
  • Functional ecology of tiny suspension feeders
  • Dispersal of marine larvae and algal spores
  • Effects of kelp forests on flow and water column subsidies
  • Oceanographic influences on species distributions
  • Impacts of ocean acidification

For additional information see Research tab, above.

Links to collaborators and other sites:

Bodega Ocean Acidification Research (BOAR) in the News:

July 18, 2011 KQED Radio: Climate Change Threatens California Mussels

July 18, 2011 The Orange County Register: California mussels: 1st warming casualty?

July 15, 2011 KQED News ClimateWatch: Study: Climate Change Muscling in on Mussels

July 14, 2011 UC Davis News and Information: Acid oceans could hit California mussels

July 6, 2010 KGO-TV/ABC News: Oysters could hold key to ocean acidification.

May 22, 2010 KNTV/NBC News: BML researchers study the effects of ocean acidification on Tomales Bay oysters

April 22, 2010 Acidic oceans worsening, experts warn - CO2 impact coming faster than seas can adapt, they say

April 19, 2010 National Science Foundation News: On 'Earth Week', World Is No Longer Our Oyster - Acidifying oceans dramatically stunt growth of already threatened shellfish