Candidates for the SICB General Election
Candidates for Program Officer-Elect
John S. Pearse
Current Position: Research Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz
Education: B.Sc., University of Chicago, 1958; Ph.D., Stanford University, 1964.
Professional Experience: Assistant Professor, American University in Cairo,
Egypt, 1965-68; Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 1968-1971; Assistant
Professor, 1971-74, Associate Professor, 1974-78, Professor, 1978-1994, University of
California, Santa Cruz; Visiting Faculty member: Stanford University, Oregon State
University, California Institute of Technology, University of Southern California,
University of California, San Diego, Harvard University, Bermuda Biological Station,
Bamfield Marine Station, University of the Ryukyus.
SICB Activities: Member since 1967; Co-organizer, "Antarctic Marine
Biology" symposium, 1988; participant in three other symposia; Publication Committee,
Other Memberships: American Association for the Advancement of Sciences,
California Academy of Sciences (President), International Society of Invertebrate
Reproduction (President), Sigma Xi (Chapter President); Western Society of Naturalists
Research Interests: Reproductive biology of marine invertebrates, especially
modes and temporal patterns in echinoderms, molluscs, and cnidarians; photoperiodism;
lunar rhythms; rocky intertidal and kelp forest ecology.
Goals Statement: It is more crucial than ever in these times of both
specialization and the multiplication of environmental and health crises that the varied
fields of biology work together to integrate knowledge and approaches. I look forward to
working with the other officers to bring members and a wider audience a diverse variety of
symposiums, publications, and other avenues that enhance the relevance of biology.
David J. Prior
Current Position: Professor of Biology and Dean of Graduate Studies and
Research, Northern Michigan University.
Education: Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1972.
Professional Experience: Instructor, MBL in Woods Hole; Instructor, Friday
Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington.
SICB Activities: Member since 1969; Secretary, Division of Comparative
Physiology and Biochemistry; Chair, Division of Neurobiology.
Research Interests: Cellular neurobiology and water balance of invertebrates.
Candidates for Educational Council Chair
John F. Pilger
Current Position: Professor of Biology, Agnes Scott College.
Education: B.S., University of Southern California, 1971; Ph.D., University of
Southern California, 1977; Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow, 1977-79.
Professional Experience: Chair of Biology Department, Agnes Scott College,
SICB Activities: Member since 1973. Secretary, Division of Invertebrate Zoology,
1983-85; Chaired and participated in DIZ Best Student Paper Award Committee; Member,
Education Council, 1995-98; Participant, Educational Council-sponsored Roundtable, 1995.
Research Interests: Reproductive and developmental biology of the Echiura and
Pedagogical Interests: Undergraduate science education, with particular interest
in biology education for women; critical thinking and inquiry in science courses.
Current Position: Associate Professor of Biology, Holy Cross.
Education: Ph.D., Zoology, University of Florida, 1982; M.S., Zoology,
University of Florida, 1975; B.S., Biology, Davidson College, 1971.
Professional Experience: Department of Physiology, University of Florida,
1982-83; American Heart Association Postdoctoral, 1982-83; Visiting Assistant Professor of
Biology, Swarthmore College, 1983-94; Assistant Professor of Biology, Holy Cross College,
1984-89; Associate Professor of Biology, Holy Cross College, 1990-present; Holy Cross
Outstanding Teaching Award, 1992.
Other Memberships: Behavior Society.
Research Interests: Comparative physiology and behavioral ecology of acoustic
communication; energetic costs, mechanisms of sound production, and the evolution of
acoustic signals, especially in insects; the physiology and energetics of locomotion in
Pedagogical Interests: Present primary interests are in the development and
dissemination of teaching materials on the World Wide Web.
Candidates for Member-at-Large
Alissa J. Arp
Current Position: Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University;
Director, Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies.
Education: B.A., Biology, Sonoma State University, 1977; M.A., Ph.D., Biology,
University of California, Santa Barbara, 1982; Postdoctoral, University of California,
Santa Barbara, 1983-84; Postdoctoral, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, 1984-86.
Professional Experience: Assistant Research Biologist, San Francisco State
University, 1986-88; Visiting Scientist, Moss Landing Marine Labs, 1988-89; Associate
Professor and Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University, 1989-present;
Director, Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, 1996-present.
SICB Activities: Member since 1982. Chair, CBP Best Student Paper Award
Committee, 1988; Member, CBP Best Student Paper Award Committee, 1987; Sponsor of 2-3
students per meeting (three have received best student paper/poster honors), 1986-present;
Symposium co-organizer, Los Angeles meeting, 1993.
Other Memberships: Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, American
Association for the Advancement of Science, American Physiological Society, American Women
in Science, Sigma Xi.
Research Interests: Physiological adaptation to challenging environment; sulfide
tolerance and detoxification in mudflat invertebrates; ecology and physiology of
hydrothermal vent organisms.
William E. Zamer
Current Position: Associate Professor, Lake Forest College.
Education: B.S., Biology, Juniata College, 1974; M.A., Biology, College of
William and Mary, 1978; Ph.D., Zoology, University of Maine, 1985.
Professional Experience: NSF Research Assistant, research cruise to the
Antarctic Peninsula, 1983; Postdoctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University,
1985-89; Assistant Professor, Lake Forest College, 1989-95; NSF Presidential Young
Investigator Award, 1990-present; Markey Fellowship, Mount Desert Island Biological
Laboratory, 1990; President, Lake Forest College chapter of Sigma Xi, 1993-94; Research
Associate Professor, Grice Marine Biological Laboratory, College of Charleston, S.C.,
1996-97; NSF panelist, doctoral dissertation improvement grants, Ecological and
Evolutionary Physiology Program, 1997-2000.
SICB Activities: Member since 1978. Judge, Best Student Paper Award, DCPB, 1993,
1995 (Chair); Co-Organizer of a symposium on "Evolutionary Physiology,"
scheduled for the 1998 meeting in Boston.
Other Memberships: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American
Physiological Society, Sigma Xi, Society for the Study of Evolution.
Research Interests: Physiological and metabolic mechanisms of adaptation to
temperature and nutrient availability in sea anemones; understanding changes in metabolic
pathway performance when temperature and nutrient conditions change; mechanisms by which
genetic variation influences physiological performance, and estimating genetic variance
components of performance in clonal anemones; understanding how such genetic influences on
performance affect population genetic structure.