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About Paul Yancey

Professor of Biology*
Carl E. Peterson Endowed Chair of Sciences
Biology Dept., Whitman College, Walla Walla WA 99362 USA


  • B.S. (with honors) in Biology from the California Institute of Technology; undergraduate research on DNA-RNA hybridization with Drs. Eric Davidson, Barbara Hough-Evans, Roy Britten.
  • Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (U.C. San Diego), specializing in marine animal physiology and biochemistry, especially thermal, pH and osmotic adaptations, with Dr. George Somero.
  • Postdoctoral work on thermal, exercise and osmotic adaptations in salmon, sharks and goldfish at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, England, with Dr. Ian Johnston.

Professor Paul Yancey
  • Professor at Whitman College since 1981.
  • Visiting Research Scientist/Fellow during summers and sabbaticals at the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center; the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda) [kidney osmotic research]; the Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory (Maine); Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station (Pacfic Grove, CA); Louisiana State University; the University of Otago (New Zealand), Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, and MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Inst.)

Current Research

This focuses on coral osmotic balance and cryopreservation; deep-sea adaptations to hydrostatic pressure; adaptations to sulfide at cold seeps and hydrothermal vents; mammalian kidney osmoregulation.

  • Deep-sea Expeditions: many on the Wecoma, Thompson, Pt. Sur, Atlantis/Alvin
  • Coral-reef research in Hawai'i and the Yucatan peninsula's Mesoamerican Reef [pictures here]
  • Talks given in many states, and in Canada, the U.K., Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Botswana and Brazil on marine and medical research; students have given research presentations at many meetings in the U.S. and in Russia, France, Australia and Iceland.

Prof. Yancey's hobbies include photography, woodworking, stained glass, hiking, gardening.

MESA would like to extend its sincere thanks to Professor Yancey for allowing us to adapt his wonderful information and image packed website for use on our website.



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