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McCormick Laboratory
Environmental Physiology of Fish

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Curriculum Vitae: Michael F. O'Dea

Amy Regish

Biological Technician

1986: B.S. University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Zoology)

Professional Experience
1/91-Present:    Biological Technician  S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center, Turners Falls, MA.  Supervisor,  Dr. Stephen McCormick  

Primary responsibilities include: rearing and maintaining various species of anadromous fish (Atlantic salmon, American shad, Atlantic sturgeon) in the CAFRC wet lab facility. Oversee and coordinate wet lab activities with other research groups at CAFRC (Behavior, Ecology and Fish Passage) and with the Operation and Maintenance crew. CAFRC representative for the USGS Leetown Science Center IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee). Participate in a large variety of laboratory and field data collection techniques. Generate statistical and graphic analyses of data for presentations and written reports. Conduct a variety of laboratory techniques including enzyme and metabolite assays, plasma ion analysis and histological methods. Responsible for equipment maintenance, monitoring inventory of supplies and training new lab members.

9/88-12/90:    Research Assistant  Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI Supervisor, Dr. Terrance Bradley

Responsibilities included monitoring parr-smolt transformation indices in juvenile Atlantic salmon including salinity tolerance and gill Na+/K+-ATPase enzyme activity at the Kennsington State Salmon Hatchery (Kennsington, CT), the White River National Fish Hatchery (Bethel, VT) and the URI Aquaculture Center. Masters thesis research involved electrophoretic immunological analyses of parr-smolt transformation associated plasma proteins. Also responsible for the rearing of juvenile Atlantic salmon for research purposes.
7/88-12/88:    Teaching Assistant  Department of Zoology University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI. Supervisor, Dr. Carl Hammen

Responsibilities included preparation and presentation of lectures, experimental procedures and exams (including exam evaluation) for the laboratory portion of Human Physiology (Zoology 244).

9/85-5/86:    Teaching Assistant  Department of Zoology University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Supervisor, Dr. Judith Goodenough

Responsibilities included preparation and presentation of lectures, experimental procedures and exams (including exam evaluation) for the laboratory portion of Introductory Zoology (Zoology 102).


McCormick, S.D., Regish, A.M., O'Dea, M.F. and Shrimpton, J.M. 2008. Are we missing a mineralocorticoid in teleost fish? Effects of cortisol, deoxycorticosterone and aldosterone on osmoregulation, gill Na+/K+-ATPase activity and isoform mRNA levels in Atlantic salmon. General and Comparative Endocrinology 157: 35-40.

McCormick, S.D., O'Dea, M.F., Moeckel, A.M., Lerner, D.T. and Björnsson, 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., O'Dea, M.F., Moeckel, A.M., Björnsson, B.Th. 2003.  Endocrine and physiological changes in Atlantic salmon smolts following hatchery release. Aquaculture 222: 45-57

McCormick, S.D., Cunjak, R.A., Dempson, B., O'Dea, M.F. and Carey, J.B. 1999. Temperature-related loss of smolt characteristics in Atlantic salmon in the wild. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 56: 1649-1658

McCormick, S.D., Shrimpton, J.M., Björnsson, B.Th. Moriyama, S., Carey, J.B., O'Dea, M.F., and Sloan, K.E. 1998. Repeated acute stress reduces growth rate of Atlantic salmon parr and alters plasma growth hormone, insulin-like growth factor I and cortisol. Aquaculture 168: 221-235

McCormick, S.D., Bjornsson, B.Th., Sheridan, M., Eilertson, C., Carey, J.B. and O'Dea, M. 1995. Increased daylength stimulates plasma growth hormone and gill Na+/K+-ATPase in Atlantic salmon. Journal of Comparative Physiology 165B: 245-254