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'm a Colorado native so I'm loving the proximity of the ocean and marine life. I'm interested in the interactive effects of multiple stressors on the physiology of intertidal organisms. My research examines how the metabolism and antioxidant capacities of Mytilus edulis are affected by the combination of abiotic and biotic stressors. My project took place in Nahant, Massachusetts last summer and I'm in the process of measuring the enzymatic activity levels of my samples.
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.