B.S., Bates College, 1977
Ph.D., MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1983
Joint Program in Oceanography
St. Andrews Biological Station, New Brunswick, Canada, 1983-1986
University of California, Berkeley 1986-1990
Environmental and endocrine control of osmoregulation, growth, migration, development and reproduction in teleosts, primarily anadromous fishes.
Understanding how environmental factors affect animal performance (survival, growth and reproductive success) is important to our understanding of the natural world and how human activity affects it. My laboratory is interested in the environmental and endocrine control of osmoregulation, growth, migration, development and reproduction in teleosts, primarily anadromous fishes. Our current research focuses on physiological and environmental factors that affect conservation, restoration and enhancement of Atlantic salmon, American shad, blueback herring, alewife and Atlantic sturgeon. This includes laboratory and field work on underlying physiological principles and capacities, and applied work on contaminants, hatcheries, dams and with wild populations. Some of our current projects include the following:
Gill transport proteins involved in ion regulation of euryhaline fish and their hormonal control.
Environmental factors that affect the parr-smolt transformation of Atlantic salmon, including:
Development and environmental influences on seawater tolerance of anadromous clupeids (alewife, blueback herring and American shad).
Migration timing and overwinter mortality of juvenile salmon in a restoration stream of the Connecticut River.
Reis-Santos, P., McCormick, S.D. and Wilson, J.M. 2008. Ionoregulatory changes during metamorphosis and salinity exposure of juvenile sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus L.). Journal of Experimental Biology, 211: 978-988.
Monette, M.Y. and McCormick, S.D. 2008. Impacts of short-term acid and aluminum exposure on Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) physiology: a direct comparison of parr and smolts. Aquatic Toxicology, 86: 216-226.
McCormick, S.D., Shrimpton, J.M., Moriyama, S., Bjˆrnsson, B.Th. 2007. Differential hormonal responses of Atlantic salmon parr and smolt to increased daylength: a possible developmental basis for smolting. Aquaculture, 273: 337-344.
Lerner, D.T., Bjˆrnsson, B.Th., McCormick, S.D. 2007. Larval exposure to 4-nonylphenol and 17β-estradiol affects physiological and behavioral development of seawater adaptation in Atlantic salmon smolts. Environmental Science & Technology, 41: 4479-4485.
McCormick, S.D. and Bradshaw, D. 2006. Hormonal control of salt and water balance in vertebrates. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 147: 3-8.
McCormick, S.D., O'Dea, M.F., Moeckel, A.M., Lerner, D.T. and Bjˆrnsson, B.Th. 2005. Endocrine disruption of parr-smolt transformation and seawater tolerance of Atlantic salmon by 4-nonylphenol and 17β-estradiol. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 142: 280-288.
McCormick, S.D., Sundell, K., Bjˆrnsson, B.Th, Brown, C.L. and Hiroi, J. 2003. Influence of salinity on the localization of Na+,K+-ATPase, Na+,K+,2Cl- cotransporter (NKCC) and CFTR anion channel in chloride cells of the Hawaiian goby (Stenogobius hawaiiensis). Journal of Experimental Biology 206: 4575-4583.
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