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Ph.D. Student in Biology, admitted Summer 2016
BioPaul Bump is an explorer of the small and squishy. His research in strange, enigmatic, marine invertebrates hopes to unlock secrets around basic biological processes and provide novel perspectives to advance fundamental cell biology research. He currently studies how an organism can build two wildly different bodies during its life while having access to the same genetic information. While puzzling, the process of indirect development, with distinct larval and adult body plans, is the most common developmental strategy in many animals. His research involves studying the metamorphosis of Schizocardium californicum, an indirect developing hemichordate worm, which transforms from a small swimming planktonic balloon into a burrowing, muscular worm in a 24-48 hour time period.
Ph.D. Student in Biology, admitted Autumn 2015
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsFor my PhD research, I utilize in situ footage, comparative respirometry, scientific surveys, animal-borne data loggers, and oceanographic data to understand the competitive ability of ecologically-similar social squid and fish in an environmental context.