Mackenzie Zippay, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology, Sonoma State University
University of South Carolina
Medical University of South Carolina
University of California, Santa Barbara
Environmental Physiology/Eco-Physiology; Comparative Physiology; Climate Change Biology
I am currently studying the effects of environmental stressors on the physiological responses of an invasive mussel, Mytilus galloprovincialis. Specifically, I'm measuring heart rate and enzymatic activity of these mussels when they are exposed to increased temperature in both submerged and aerial conditions. My interests include environmental and animal physiology, because I'm intrigued about how the environment affects different organisms.
Nothing is better than discovering more about the physiology of the creatures living in our oceans! My research investigates the expression of heat shock protein 90 in purple sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, embryos as a result of different temperatures throughout their development, specifically during the maternal-to-zygotic shift. Physiology has always fascinated me and it is an added bonus that I get to study one of my favorite echinoderms!