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Research Overview

Emily Carrington's research program, in its broadest sense, investigates the physiological ecology of marine organisms. She is particularly interested in the functional design of organisms that inhabit physically demanding environments, such as wave-swept rocky shores, where thermal, osmotic, and hydrodynamic conditions can be extreme. Her research involves both plants and animals and spans many levels of biological organization, from the mechanics of biological materials, to the persistence of populations, to the characterization of the physical environment and how it influences biological processes.


Emily Carrington completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Cornell University in 1985. She received her Ph.D. in 1992 from Stanford University, where she studied the biomechanics and ecophysiology of wave-swept organisms with Mark Denny. She was a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia, working with John Gosline on the biomechanics of mussel attachment. In 1996, she became an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Rhode Island and was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2003. She moved west in 2005 to join the Department of Biology and the Friday Harbor Laboratories at the University of Washington.