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Bruce O'Gara

Dr. Bruce O'Gara poses in front of shrubbery.

General Information

Professor of Zoology & Department Chair

Program Director Undergraduate Mentoring Program (URM) in the Biological Sciences

Neurobiology and Animal Physiology, effects of environmental toxicants on the nervous system of the aquatic oligochaete worm, Lumbriculus variegatus.

Phone: (707) 826-3246
Office: Science B 223A
Email: bao3@humboldt.edu
Personal Website: http://users.humboldt.edu/bruceogara/

Academic background


Summary of research

The major thrust of the lab is to examine the effects of copper on the behavior and neural function of the aquatic oligochaete worm Lumbriculus variegatus.  Copper exposure negatively affects several locomotory behaviors as well as the electrophysiological properties of specific identified neurons.  We have developed several treatments that protect the animals from copper toxicity.

Sample publications

Graduate students

Current Students:
Monica Richmond

Former Students:
Manal Alkhathlan
Philip Cramer
Kathryn Hedges
Jamey Krauss