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McCormick Laboratory
Environmental Physiology of Fish

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Curriculum Vitae: Ciaran A. Shaughnessy

Ciaran A. Shaughnessy

Doctoral Candidate

2012: B.Sc. in Chemistry, The Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
2015: M.Sc. in Biological Sciences, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Research Interests
Many animals are adapted to survive large changes to their surroundings (e.g., tidal, diurnal, and seasonal changes, or changes as a result migration between two different environments). As an environmental physiologist, I am interested in understanding how some animals acclimate to these changes. In my research, I use euryhaline fish (fish that tolerate large fluctuations in environmental salinity) to study the organismal, cellular, and molecular basis for salinity acclimation. I am particularly interested in studying how other environmental stressors (e.g., temperature, hypoxia, PCO2) affect salinity acclimation in primitive fishes.


Shaughnessy, C. A., Baker, D. W., Brauner, C. J., Morgan, J. D., Bystriansky, J. S. Interaction of osmoregulatory and acid-base compensation in white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) during exposure to aquatic hypercarbia and elevated salinity. Journal of Experimental Biology, 218: 2712-2719, 2015.[pdf]