Visiting Assistant Professor of Marine Ecology
Course: Marine Ecology
860-572-5359 ext. 5
Mike Nishizaki is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Williams College and teaches Marine Ecology for the Williams-Mystic Program. He earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Washington, and was both a visiting instructor in Marine Biology at Bowdoin College and a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Guelph in Canada.
Dr. Nishizaki’s research interests center on interactions between marine organisms and their physical environment. Using both experiments and mathematical models, he examines the array of physiological and behavioral responses that organisms employ when faced with changing environmental conditions. His research includes work on sea urchins, mussels, barnacles, and single-celled algae that form harmful algal blooms. He has advised a number of undergraduate research projects and in 2015 published a paper with two undergraduate co-authors in the journal Ecosphere. Dr. Nishizaki’s interest in coastal ecology has led him to many field stations including the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory (ME), Friday Harbor Laboratories (WA), Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (Canada), Hopkins Marine Station (CA) and Long Marine Laboratory (CA). Further information can be found at http://mikenish.com/Research/.