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Dr. Evan Ward

University of Connecticut
Department of Marine Sciences
1080 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340
Phone (860) 405-9073
Fax (860) 405-9153
Email    Evan.Ward@UConn.edu

Research focus:  Examine form, function and scaling of a fundamental process, i.e., food acquisition, during key ontogenetic periods (post metamorphosis) and growth;  Investigate the functional significance and efficiency of alternative feeding mechanisms; Link functional morphology and ontogenetic changes in feeding mode to ecological  performance.

I am an experimental biologist whose research interests are directed toward an understanding of the dynamic interactions between marine animals and their environment. Using an integrative approach, my students and I study processes ranging from the organism to ecosystem level.

We are particularly interested in the behavior and physiology of benthic, particle-feeding invertebrates. Much of our research focuses on commercially important bivalves (e.g., clams, mussels, oysters), which are key components of most coastal ecosystems. These animals provide vital ecosystem services and are an important link between oceans and human health.

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