People in the Kier Lab
William M. Kier
I received my Ph.D. in Zoology in 1983 at Duke University, where I was a student of Stephen A. Wainwright. After leaving Duke I was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA. Following my postdoc at WHOI, I was a National Science Foundation-NATO Postdoctoral Scholar and worked at the Marine Biological Association of the UK Laboratories in Plymouth, England and the Stazione Zoologica in Naples, Italy. I joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985. For additional information, please see my CV.
Students / Postdocs
Jessica Kurth, Ph.D. Student
am a Ph.D. student interested in how the physical properties of soil constrain
soft-bodied burrowers. My dissertation has focused on the effects of body
size on soil resistance, morphology, and burrowing mechanics in the earthworm
Lumbricus terrestris. I am attempting to relate size-dependent changes in
soil properties to ontogenetic difference in burrowing kinematics, kinetics and
allometry in the hydrostatic skeleton.
Proposed Title of Ph.D. Dissertation: The effects of body size on soft-bodied burrowers.
Julia M. Olszewski, M.S. Student
Julia is interested in the structure, function and evolution of obliquely striated muscle. This muscle fiber type occurs in over a dozen invertebrate phyla but the functional and mechanical significance of the oblique striation pattern is unclear. She is currently reviewing the literature and developing a mathematical model that will allow her to explore the implications of the oblique striation pattern for the length-tension behavior of this important muscle fiber type..
Former students and postdocs
Professor and Chair, Department of Biology, Ithaca College
Title of Ph.D. Dissertation: Adhesion and the Tensile Strength of Water in Nature, 1992
Professor, Department of Biology, Duke University
Title of Ph.D. Dissertation: The Optical Design of the Photic System of Ophiuroids, 1996
Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Franklin and Marshall University
Title of Ph.D. Dissertation: The Ontogeny of Mantle Structure and Function in the Oval Squid Sepioteuthis lessoniana (Cephalopoda, Loliginidae), 2000
Associate Professor, Department of Natural Science & Mathematics, Dominican University of California
Title of Ph.D. Dissertation: Peristaltic Locomotion in Holothuroids: Morphology and Movement, 2002
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of
Title of Ph.D. Dissertation: The Function, Macroevolution, and Macroecology of the Internal Ornamentation in Neogastropods, University of Chicago, 2003.
SPIRE Postdoctoral Scholar, UNC Chapel Hill, 2004-2006
Assistant Professor, Marine Biology Research Division, Scripps Institution of
Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
Title of Ph.D. Dissertation: Hydrostatic Skeletons in the Crustacea: Support During Molting in an Aquatic and a Terrestrial Crab, 2007
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Valdosta State University
Title of Ph.D. Dissertation: The Morphology and Biomechanics of the Muscle Articulation: A New Class of Soft Tissue Joint, 2007
Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Developmental and Cell Biology,
University of California, Irvine
Title of Ph. D. Dissertation: Interactions between cardiac myosin binding protein-C and actin contribute to the regulation of muscle contraction, University of Washington, 2010
SPIRE Postdoctoral Scholar, UNC Chapel Hill, 2010-2013