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G.O. Mackie

zooidsJob Title: Professor emeritus
Employer: University of Victoria
Place of Birth: Louth, Lincolnshire, England
High School attended: Blundells
Further Education: Oxford (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: British Columbia, France, Italy, California

Brief synopsis of current research:
Behavioural physiology of gelatinous marine plancton: jellyfish, salps, pyrosomes, ctenophores. Hexactinellid sponge biology. Neural stem cells and peripheral nervous system of ascidians.

Recent Publications:

Mackie, G.O. (1995). On the `visceral nervous system' of Ciona. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. UK 75, 141-151.

Mackie, G.O. and Meech, R.W. (1995). Central circuitry in Aglantha J. Exp. Biol. 198, 2261-2278.

Mackie, G.O. (1995). Unconventional signalling in tunicates. Mar. Fresh. Beh. Physiol. 26, 197-205.

Powell, J.F.F., Reska-Skinner, S.M., Om Prakash, M., Fischer, W.H., Park, M., Rivier, J.E., Craig, A.G., Mackie, G.O. and Sherwood, N.M. (1996). Two new forms of gonadotropin-releasing hormones in a protochordate and the evolutionary implications. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 93, 10461-10464.

Leys, S.P and Mackie, G.O. (1997). Electrical recording from a glass sponge. Nature 387, 29-30.

Not enough people are studying the biology of deep-sea plankton. Eco-physiological studies of their feeding strategies, sensory biology, bioluminescence etc are important for understanding whats going on down there.