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URI Graduate School of Oceanography holds inaugural lecture about metamorphosis in flounder

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

Narragansett, R.I. – October 4, 2006 – University of Rhode Island Professor Jennifer Specker will speak as part of the URI Graduate School of Oceanography’s Inaugural Lecture series on Oct. 5 at 12:30 p.m. The lecture, entitled “Biology and Endocrinology of Metamorphosis in Flounder,” will take place in the Coastal Institute Auditorium at the URI Narragansett Bay Campus.

Specker’s lecture will cover the summer flounder’s metamorphosis as it drifts in to shore in the spring. During this time, the flounder increases its weight by 5,000 times and metamorphoses from the larval to the juvenile form. The main focus will be on the role the flounder’s hormones play in its development and physiological adaptation.

Specker received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Miami University and her master’s degree in zoology and Ph. D. in fisheries and wildlife from Oregon State University. She is a fish endocrinologist specializing in the metamorphosis of flounder, the reproductive biology of commercially important marine fishes, the endocrine regulation of the gut and gills during development and adaptation, and stress and anesthetics in marine fishes.

The Inaugural Lectures are presented by newly promoted oceanography professors at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and are aimed at a non-specialized but scientifically informed audience. For more information about the lecture call 401-874-6246 or email