Melissa A. May

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Advisor: Dr. Paul Rawson


Ph.D. Marine Biology, University of Maine
M.S. Marine Science, University of San Diego, 2007
B.S. Zoology, Northern Arizona University, 2004


I am a PhD candidate in Marine Biology working with Dr. Paul Rawson. I study how blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) tolerate low salinity stress, but am specifically interested in what makes larval stages more susceptible to environmental stress than juvenile and adult mussels. I use a combination of genetics, physiology, analytical chemistry, and microscopy to better understand how these animals respond to changes in salinity.

Research interestsI am interested in how marine organisms respond to environmental stress, particularly in the context of global climate change. I use a combination of genetic and physiological tools to monitor how blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) respond to salinity stress and how these responses vary with developmental stage.


  • ∗ Stamieszkin, K., M. May, and A. Chase. 2016. SIDEBAR. Student-led retreats for graduate student cohesion and career success. Oceanography 29: 80 – 81
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  • Sumich, J.L. and M.A. May. 2009. Scaling and remote monitoring of tidal lung volumes of young gray whales, Eschrichtius robustus. Marine Mammal Science 25: 221 – 228.For more information: Full Text