Job Title: Director
Employer: Bamfield Marine Station, University of Alberta
Place of Birth: Fulmer, UK
High School attended: King Edward IVth Grammar School
Further Education: University of Victoria (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: British Columbia
Brief synopsis of current research:
Evolution of nervous systems in early metazoans with particular attention to the Cnidaria and the Platyhelminthes. Molecular biology of voltage gated ion channels and examination of structure/function relationships. Behavioural electrophysiology of the CNS of jellyfish and flatworms.
Bamfield Marine Station, Bamfield, BC V0R 1B0
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Remember that the greatest organismal diversity occurs in the oceans so if you are interested in any aspect of biology there is always a marine organism that demonstrates a principle of biology. This is especially so for evolutionary studies since all the important early evolution took place in the oceans.