Ph.D., 1995, University of Washington
Research emphasis: Functional biology and evolutionary ecology of marine invertebrates, larval ecology and life-history evolution, fertilization ecology, physiological ecology, phenotypic plasticity
Current and planned research projects:
- physiological ecology of development in intertidal habitats
- reproductive plasticity of adults in response to developmental risks for offspring
- effects of interacting temperature and oxygen conditions during development
- phylogenetic analysis of gamete and larval character evolution
- tradeoffs governing the expression of larval phenotypic plasticity
- Allen, J.D. and R.D. Podolsky. 2006. Uncommon diversity in larval form and developmental mode in Macrophiothrix brittlestars. Marine Biology, doi:10.1007/s00227-006-0470-6.
- Podolsky, R.D. and A.L. Moran. 2006. Integrating function across marine life cycles. Integrative and Comparative Biology, pp. 1–10, doi:10.1093/icb/icl026.
- Allen, J.D., Zakas, C. and R.D. Podolsky. 2006. Effects of egg size reduction and larval feeding on juvenile performance in a sea urchin with facultative-feeding development. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 331:186-197.
- Podolsky, R.D. and J.S. McAlister. 2005. Developmental plasticity in Macrophiothrix brittlestars: are morphologically convergent larvae also convergently plastic? Biological Bulletin 209:127-138.
- Hart, M.W. and R.D. Podolsky. 2005. Mitochondrial DNA phylogeny and rates of larval evolution in Macrophiothrix brittlestars. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 34:438-447.