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Dr. Shannon Gerry

Assistant Professor of Biology
sgerry@fairfield.edu
o: Bannow Science Center Rm 217
p: x2542

 

Current Research Interests

 

Feeding and locomotion are two behaviors that are essential to organismal survival; searching for food or avoiding being eaten can literally be a matter of life or death. My research program focuses on generalist versus specialist adaptations and how these adaptations can constrain or improve feeding or locomotor performance. Many animals can be specialized for feeding or locomotion based on their anatomy (skeletal or muscular), behavior, physiology or mechanics. As a functional morphologist and biomechanist, I am interested in the integration of these types of specializations within a single organism and how these traits may have evolved from a more generalized form. I have primarily used elasmobranchs (sharks, skates and rays) or bony fishes for my research because these are some of the most basal vertebrates and may provide insight as to the possible origin of specialized structures.

 

Courses Taught

  1. BI 171: General Biology II
  2. BI 262: Human Physiology
  3. BI 312: Human Physiology
  4. BI 315: Anatomy: Form and Function
  5. BI 391: Biology Research
  6. BI 392: Biology Research
  7. BI 393: Biology Research III
  8. BI 394: Biology Research