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John P. Wourms, Ph.D.

John P. Wourms, Ph.D. PhotoJohn P. Wourms, Ph.D.
ExpertiseCell-developmental biology, electron microscopy, evolutionary developmental biology; Analytical methods of cell and developmental biology, especially light and electron microscopic image analysis, are used to investigate major issues in the evolutionary developmental biology of fishes; Topics include: shark reproduction and development; evolution of viviparity and placental relationships in fishes; evolution of vertebrate patterns of gastrulation and early development; Teaching: Developmental Biology; Cell Ultrastructure; Methods in Microscopy
Current OrganizationClemson University, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Type of OrganizationUniversity
Major ProductAcademic Teaching and Research, Biological Sciences
Area of DistributionInternational
University/DegreeB.S., Biological Sciences, 1958; M.S., Biological Sciences, 1960, Fordham University, New York; Ph.D., Biological Sciences, 1966, Stanford University, California
BornApril 30, 1935, New York, New York
Honors & AwardsSecond International Symposium of Livebearing Fishes, Queretaro, Mexico, 2002 dedicated to John P. Wourms; Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, 1984-85; Fellow, Explorer's Club, 1984; Society of Fellows, Harvard University, 1966; Sigma Xi, 1962; Phi Kappa Phi, 1997
Published WorksAuthor, "The rise of fish embryology in the 19th Century", American Zoologist, Vol. 37, pp. 269-310, 1997; Co-author, "The maternal embryonic relationship in viviparous fishes", pp. 1-134, Fish Physiology, Vol. 11B, Academic Press, New York, 1988; "The Reproduction and Development of Sharks, Skates, Rays and Ratfishes", Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht/Boston/London, 1993; Over 200 other publications
AffiliationsAmerican Society for Cell Biology; American Society Ichthyologists and Herpetologists; American Elasmobranch Society; Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom; Explorer's Club; Society for Developmental Biology; International Society for Developmental Biology; Society Integrative and Comparative Biology; Associate Editor, Journal of Morphology; Associate Editor, Environmental Biology of Fishes
Hobbies & SportsBook collecting, music, print collecting
Career AccomplishmentsGuggenheim Fellow, 1984; Fellow, Explorer's Club; Sigma Xi; Phi Kappa Phi; 25 years of grants from National Science Foundation and NOAA/Sea Grant to study the development and evolution of viviparous fishes; over 200 scientific publications; trained 14 doctoral students
Work HistoryPost-doctoral Fellow, Harvard University; Assistant Professor, McGill University; Associate Research Scientist, New York Ocean Science Laboratory; Professor, Clemson University
ChildrenNicholas, born 1979
SpouseDeborah Ruth (Deane)
MarriedAugust 4, 1972
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