Al Nyack


I am interested in how the environment affects animal physiology, from the molecular to the organismal levels. My doctoral research focuses on characteristics of carbonic anhydrase (CA) in squids, particularly: Doryteuthis pealei, Lolliguncula brevis, and Dosidicus gigas. CA is involved in fundamental physiological processes such as acid-base balance and osmoregulation, which are affected by environmental parameters. Because of CAs role in metabolism, its characteristics may reflect both the high metabolic rates exhibited by these species and also shed light on one mechanism by which each of these species is adapted to their respective environments.

Prior to URI, I obtained my M.S. in Marine Biology at UNCW where my thesis investigated the effect of extreme muscle hypertrophy on post-exercise recovery rates of phosphocreatine. While at UNCW I was awarded an NSF GK-12 Fellowship, and I also became a member of Sigma Xi, SICB, and NMEA. I earned my bachelors degree from Eckerd College in 1999. While there I interned for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.