Eric J. Armstrong

Marine Ecophysiology

Understanding Organismal Responses to a Changing World

 

About

I'm a Postdoctoral Scholar working at the Centre National de Séquençage where I'm currently investigating the genomic and functional diversity of reef-building corals. My research is broadly centered around integrative environmental physiology and I'm particularly interested in the molecular and cellular underpinnings of organismal-level responses to climate change drivers in marine invertebrates.

Most of my work centers around understanding how changes in the abiotic environment (especially alterations in temperature and pH) influence physiological processes in marine invertebrates, both across taxa, and across life history stages within a single species. I am also interested in biological questions related to organism-environment interactions and scale - how do a species' physiological tolerances influence its performance and distribution and what effect do these variations have on whole ecosystem features and processes? I’ve taken a broadly integrative approach to investigate these types of questions, utilizing both whole organism and functional genomics tools to address physiological hypotheses in a diverse array of taxa (scleractinian corals, porcelain crabs, giant clams, and nudibranchs).

 

 

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HOT Off the Press

Hill RW, Armstrong EJ, Inaba K, Morita M, Tresguerres M, Stillman JH, Roa JN, Kwan GT. (2018) Acid secretion of the boring organ of the burrowing giant clam, Tridacna croceaBiology Letters 14       

 

In the News

 This Burrowing Clam Is Not Boring. It Uses Acid to Make Its Home.  A popular science write-up of our recent discovery of acid secretion in tropical giant clams.

This Burrowing Clam Is Not Boring. It Uses Acid to Make Its Home.

A popular science write-up of our recent discovery of acid secretion in tropical giant clams.

 Caustic Relationship.  Detailing our discovery of how giant clams burrow into coral.

Caustic Relationship.

Detailing our discovery of how giant clams burrow into coral.

 Quand les bénitiers inspirent les panneaux solaires.  A nice introduction to some of the work I've conducted  Tridacna  giant clams in French Polynesia. (Published in French)

Quand les bénitiers inspirent les panneaux solaires.

A nice introduction to some of the work I've conducted Tridacna giant clams in French Polynesia. (Published in French)

 

 

 

Stillman Lab

Environmental physiology of marine and aquatic organisms.

Power Lab

Aquatic ecology and food web dynamics in rivers and their watersheds

 
 
 
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