Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Featuring James Nestler

By: Tara Jeske

The 2004 Distinguished Faculty Lecture will be held Sunday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center auditorium. “Surf’s Up: Exploring the Complexities of Oceanic Cycles,” will be presented by James Nestler, professor of biology.


Nestler graduated from WWC in 1984, and received his Master of Science degree from WWC in 1986. He earned his doctoral degree in environmental, population, and organismic biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1990.


Nestler began teaching at WWC that same year, and in 1997 became director of the WWC Marine Station at Rosario Beach. For 15 years he studied mammalian dormancy, examining the biochemical mechanisms associated with reductions in metabolism during daily torpor in deer mice. His findings were printed in publications such as the Journal of Comparative Physiology, the Journal of Experimental Biology, and the Journal of Infectious Diseases.


More recently, Nestler has studied sea cucumbers, and his research has taken him to many tropical locales, including the Philippines and the Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

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