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Jennifer L Specker
Professor of Oceanography
336 Coastal Institute
401-874-6858

Educational Background

Ph.D., Fisheries and Wildlife
M.A., Zoology
B.A., Psychology
Oregon State University
Oregon State University
Miami University, Ohio
1980
1977
1973

Areas of Specialization

Research

Jennifer Specker is a fish endocrinologist specializing in the metamorphosis of flounder, the reproductive biology of commercially important marine fishes, the endocrine regulation of the gut and gills during development and adaptation, and stress and anesthetics in marine fishes.

Teaching

Animal Behavior (BIO 467), Endocrinology (BIO 445/545), Independent Research (OCG 493, 494)

Outreach

Co-director, Center for Marine Life Science; Associate Project Director, Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR.

Students

Jason Breves
Steve Gavlik
Bruno Soffientino
Diane Nacci
Catalina Martinez
Alex Schreiber
Courtney Casey
Liyue Huang
Edward Baker
Karla Johanning
Philip Veillette
M.S.
Ph.D.
Ph.D.
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M.S.
Ph.D.
M.S.
Ph.D.
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Ph.D.
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Publications:

Soffientino B, Nacci DE, Specker JL. 2010. Effects of the dioxin-like PCB 126 on larval summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part C 152, 9-17.

Breves JP, Veillette PA, Specker JL. 2009. Ghrelin in the summer flounder: Immunolocalization to the gastric glands and action on plasma cortisol levels. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A 152, 268-272.

Veillette PA, Serrano X, Garcia MM, Specker JL. 2007. Evidence for the onset of feedback regulation of cortisol in larval summer flounder. General and Comparative Endocrinology 154, 105-110.

Veillette PA, Merino M, Marcaccio ND, Garcia MM, Specker JL. 2007. Cortisol is necessary for seawater tolerance in larvae of a marine teleost the summer flounder. General and Comparative Endocrinology 151, 116-121.

Veillette PA, Breves JP, Reardon DR, Specker JL. 2006. Adaptation for water balance in the partial gastrointestinal tract of summer flounder. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A 143, 211-217.

Breves JP, Specker JL. 2005. Cortisol stress response of juvenile winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus, Walbaum) to predators. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 325, 1-7.

Veillette, P.A., White, R.J., Specker, J.L., and Young, G. 2005. Osmoregulatory physiology of pyloric ceca: regulated and adaptive changes in chinook salmon. Journal Experimental Zoology, 303A: 608-613.

Presentations:

Specker, J.L. (2008). The Road. Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Coconut Island. Pauley Program.


History

Member for
6 years 49 weeks