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Coronavirus Update

Dickinson will invite students back for the spring. Campus buildings are closed and face coverings are required on campus.

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Faculty Profile

Tony Pires

Professor of Biology (1993)

Contact Information

James Hall - Rector Complex Room 1225


He teaches courses in neurobiology, behavioral biology and invertebrate zoology. His research interests are in the neural control of developmental events, especially the regulation of settlement and metamorphosis in larvae of marine invertebrates.


  • B.A., Harvard College, 1982
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 1990

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

BIOL 401 Disturb/Resil in Marine Eco
Climate change, pollution, resource extraction, invasive species transport, and coastal land use patterns impact marine ecosystems all over the globe. How do marine ecosystems resist alteration, recover from disturbance, or transition to different structural and functional states? We will draw on current research literature to study disturbance and resilience in polar, temperate and tropical marine ecosystems at system, community and organismal levels. Laboratory work will investigate effects of multiple interacting stressors on early developmental stages of marine organisms. Six hours of classroom/laboratory per week. Prerequisites: at least one upper-level biology course or permission of the instructor.

NRSC 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch