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Dorothy H. Paul

Job Title: Associate Professor, Biology
Employer: University of Victoria
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Further Education: A.B., Diplome d'Etudes Superieures, Ph.D.
Geographic focus of research: British Columbia, Australia

Brief synopsis of current research:
Neurobiology of crustaceans - laboratory analyses of movements, especially locomotory behavours, muscles, central nervous system, proprioceptors. Comparative studies to discover how nervous systems and behaviour evolve. North American species of decapods include sand crabs (Hippoidea), principally Emerita analoga; squat lobster (Galatheidae) Munida quadrispina; prawn, Pandalus platyceros; several crayfish species. Australian species: Anaspides tasmania (Syncarida) and gonodactyloid and lysiosquilloid stomatopods (Hoplocarida).

Recent Publications:

Paul, DH & Bruner, J (1999) Receptor potentials and electrical properties of nonspiking stretch-receptive neurons in the sand crab Emerita anomura (Anomura, Hippidae). Journal of Neurophysiology 81: 2493-2500.

Faulkes, Z & Paul, DH (1998) Digging in sand crabs: coordination of joints in individual legs. Journal of Experimental Biology 201: 2139-2149.

Antonsen, BL & Paul, DH (1997) Serotonin and octopamine elicit stereotypical agonistic behaviors in the squat lobster Munida quadrispina (Anomura, Galatheidae). Journal of Comparative Physiology A 181: 501-510.