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Gisele  Muller-Parker -
Contact Info:

Shannon Point Marine Center, Western Washington University
1900 Shannon Point Road
Anacortes, WA 98221
Phone: 3606507400ext268
Fax: (360) 293-1083

Gisele Muller-Parker

Shannon Point Marine Center, Western Washington University

Marine Lab Partner

Primary COSEE Affiliation:

Other affiliations:
- Pacific Partnerships

Interaction with COSEE Network:

I participated in the 2000 COSEE workshop. I am a former NSF COSEE Program Director (2004-2006). Since 2006 I have not participated actively, other than to develop the COSEE Pacific partnerships for SPMC with Skagit Valley College, Oak Harbor, and with Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. I have kept in touch through the newsletters and postings on the COSEE listserve.

Background with Respect to Ocean Sciences Education:

B.S. 1975 (State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook), M.S. 1978 (University of Delaware College of Marine Studies), Ph.D. 1984 ( University of California, Los Angeles). As a professor at a predominantly undergraduate institution, research and education are intimately linked in everything I do. I teach courses in oceanography and marine algae. Undergraduate students conduct research in these classes, and many also participate in my research program in algal symbiosis. I have designed new laboratory exercises for my classes using techniques developed through research projects and instrumentation. I have participated since 1990 in SPMC's Multicultural Initiative in Marine Science: Undergraduate Program (MIMSUP) as a mentor, advising student research projects (total of 20 students). I developed and completed a 3-year Science Education and Research for Undergraduates (SEARUN) program. Eighteen undergraduate students (Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Technology, Environmental Science, Physics, and Science Education majors) participated in the design and implementation of field research on coral bleaching. I routinely advise students enrolled in our REU summer program, in addition to Masters graduate students. I also developed a community outreach program (Project FLIP) that brought together scientists, educators and high school students in the study of the intertidal zone; these outreach efforts promote public awareness and appreciation of local habitats.

Selected Publications:

1.) Bergschneider, H.* and G. Muller-Parker. 2008. Nutritional role of two algal symbionts in the temperate sea anemone Anthopleura elegantissima Brandt. Biol. Bull. 215 (1) (in press)(*Graduate student). 2.) Bachman*, S. and G. Muller-Parker. 2007. Viable algae released by the seastar Dermasterias imbricata feeding on the symbiotic sea anemone Anthopleura elegantissima. Marine Biology 150(3): 369-375. (*REU student). 3.) Muller-Parker, G. J. Pierce-Cravens*, and B.L. Bingham. 2007. Broad thermal tolerance of the symbiotic dinoflagellate Symbiodinium muscatinei (Dinophyta) in the sea anemone Anthopleura elegantissima (Cnidaria) from northern latitudes. J. Phycol. 43: 25-31. (*Graduate student). 4.) Muller-Parker, G. 2007. 'Rotators' in the National Science Foundation's Geosciences Directorate. Forum article in EOS 88 no. 18, 1 May 2007, p. 200. 5.) Hoegh-Guldberg, O., G. Muller-Parker, C.B. Cook, R.D. Gates, E. Gladfelter, R.K. Trench and V.M. Weis. 2007. Len Muscatine (1932-2007) and his contributions to the understanding of algal-invertebrate endosymbiosis. Coral Reefs 26: 731-739.

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