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The Dowd Lab has been growing quickly. I am eager to continuously (re)populate the lab with dedicated, enthusiastic, and creative scientists at all levels, from beginning undergraduates to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Please see the News page for additional information about ongoing recruitment efforts.

Are you a mussel or a copepod?

Undergraduate Students

Asiamay Diaz
Kyle Hulse
Thomas LeClair
John Langrell
Gabby Lund



2019 NSF summer participants with their symposium posters:

Asiamay Diaz (WSU; below left) and Elizabeth Moeser (University of Southern California; below right)







2018 NSF summer participants with their symposium posters:

Arani Cuevas-Sanchez (Portland State University; below left), Autumn Miller (WSU; below right)


Graduate Students

Arani Cuevas-Sanchez, M.S. student (2018-)


Arani’s interest in marine ecophysiology is currently focused on physiological plasticity. She is particularly interested in how exposure of the intertidal zone copepod Tigriopus californicus to multiple environmental stressors affects both parents and their offspring (transgenerational plasticity). She is interested in combining her research interests with her passion for science education throughout her Masters and Ph.D.




TJ Yockachonis, Ph.D. student (2019-)


TJ is broadly interested in examining the relationship between highly variable environments, phenotypic responses, and evolutionary strategies of populations at various scales. After serving as a Navy diver, TJ earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in marine biology. He has studied the effects of temperature stress on fitness in intertidal invertebrates (porcelain crabs) and species’ evolutionary strategies for responding to variable environments. He also has been involved in various projects at the Smithsonian and NOAA Fisheries.

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Richelle Tanner, Ph.D.


Richelle is broadly interested in rapid adaptation to climate change, particularly with seasonal extremes and their effects on inter-individual variation in physiological plasticity. Her current research focuses on linking individual responses to environmental variation across levels of biological organization, using gene and protein expression data in the intertidal mussel Mytilus californianus. In addition to her research, Richelle is passionate about public science education, working primarily with the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation.

You can read more at her personal site here

Khuong V. Dinh, Ph.D.


Khuong’s major research themes focus on the interactive effects of multiple stressors (e.g. climate change, pollutants) on aquatic animals, predator-prey interactions in a warming and polluted environment, and the adaptability of aquatic animals to single and multiple stressors. He has conducted studies on 18 freshwater and marine invertebrates from Arctic to tropical ecosystems. He has investigated vulnerability to warming and contaminants of a variety of marine copepods such as Calanus hyperboreus, C. glacialis, C. finmarchicus, Acartia tonsa, and Pseudodiaptomus annandalei. Recently, he has investigated the role of transgenerational plasticity and thermal adaptation in copepods coping with extreme thermal conditions. Khuong is working on our Tigriopus californicus projects, currently on interactions between oxygen availability and temperature preference and tolerance.

Lab alumni – Postdoctoral Fellows

Kathryn M. Anderson, Ph.D. (WSU 2018)


Lani U. Gleason, Ph.D. (LMU 2015-2017)

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Sacramento
CSUS homepage


Luke P. Miller, Ph.D. (LMU 2015)

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, San Diego State University


Ana G. Jimenez, Ph.D. (LMU 2014-2015)

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Colgate University
Colgate homepage




Lab alumni – Undergraduate students

 * indicates students who have earned co-authorship on papers or manuscripts in preparation


WSU undergraduates: Autumn Miller* (Biology ’21); Kyle Catey (Biology ’19); Katherine Buhl* (Biology post-baccalaureate ’19); Savanna Garza (Biology ’19; WSU College of Veterinary Medicine)

LMU undergraduates: Chase Dugay (Biology ’17; Creighton University College of Medicine); Emma Strand* (Biology ’18; University of Rhode Island Ph.D. program); Brian Hizon* (Biology ’18; Rush University Medical School); Helena Drolshagen (Biology ’18); Jeremiah Dallmer* (Biology ’16; Vanderbilt University School of Medicine); Edward Njoo* (Biochemistry ’18); Shaina Alves* (Biochemistry ’15; University of San Francisco School of Public Health); Jenny Bleck (Biology ’15); Sarah Jayawardene* (Biochemistry ’16; Boston College Ph.D. program in Chemical Biology); Colin Wikholm (Biology ’17); Chandler Weisbart (Biology ’14; LECOM School of Dental Medicine); Selina Roa* (Biology ’14; Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine); Rachael Sears (Environmental Science ’14); Michael Carlone (Biology ’13; Brandeis University Biophysics MS program); Kellen Flanigan (Biology ’13; Colorado State University veterinary school); Terry Rinder (Biology ’12; Midwestern University D.O. program)

PI – W. Wesley (Wes) Dowd

Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University (2017-present)

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Loyola Marymount University (2016-2017)

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Loyola Marymount University (2011-2016)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University (2009-2011)