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I am eager to continuously (re)populate the Dowd 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

Ryotaro Colon (Honors thesis)
Animaya Arkills
Ella Purvis 
Josie Liebzeit
Vijini Liyanage
Annika Dawley (Honors thesis)





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

I will be recruiting graduate students during the 2023-2024 admissions cycle. Please contact me if you are interested in pursuing graduate research in the lab. 


Caroline Terry, PhD student

Caroline graduated from the University of Alabama in Spring 2021, earning a BS in Biology and Psychology. While at UA, she studied sex differences and repeatability in the terrestrial jumping performance of a semi-aquatic fish (K. marmoratus). One of her interests as a member of the Dowd Lab is examining the effects of salinity and osmolytes on cross-tolerance to heat in copepods.




Andrea (Andi) Delgado, MS student

Andi graduated from Carleton College in June 2022 with a BA in Biology and a minor in Japanese. During her time at Carleton, she studied the motility of sea urchin sperm under different pH conditions. Andi participated in an REU program at Friday Harbor Labs, where her research focused on the effects of temperature, flow, and pH on respiration in the mussel, Mytilus trossulus. She is pursuing similar research on the effects of multiple stressors on mussel physiology in the Dowd lab.


Postdoctoral Research Associates

I do not have dedicated funding at this time for a postdoctoral researcher position, but I encourage individuals interested in the lab to contact me about possible funding sources and/or proposal ideas. Of particular interest are the NSF Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships listed here with a Nov deadline, as well as the American Physiological Society Postdoctoral Fellowship listed here with a Nov deadline for letter of intent.  


Lab alumni – Postdoctoral Fellows

Khuong V. Dinh, Ph.D. (WSU 2019-2020)

Research Associate, Nansen Legacy Project, Norway

Richelle Tanner, Ph.D. (WSU 2018-2020)

Assistant Professor, Environmental Science & Policy,  Chapman University.

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


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

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


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

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, San Diego State University


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

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Colgate University
Colgate homepage




Lab alumni – Graduate Students

Arani Cuevas-Sanchez, M.S. (2018-2020)

University of Western Ontario, PhD Program


Lab alumni – Undergraduate students

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


WSU undergraduates: Robert Lee (Biology ’22); Paige Gardner (Biology ’22); Asiamay Diaz (Biology ’21; St. George’s University College of Veterinary Medicine); Kyle Hulse (Biology ’21; University of Washington School of Medicine); Thomas LeClair (Biology and Music ’20; Fulbright Scholar to Wales then WSU College of Veterinary Medicine); Autumn Miller* (Biology ’21); Kyle Catey (Biology ’19); Katherine Buhl* (Biology post-baccalaureate ’19; Wayne State University School of Medicine); 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)