Dr. Alan Pinder
BSc (University of Calgary)
PhD (University of Massachusetts)

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  • Teaching & Research
    Physiology and propagation of corals and reef fish

    Dhave recently changed the focus of my research from cardiovascular and respiratory development of fish and amphibians to coral and coral reef fish propagation and physiology. I am mostly working on aquaculture of tropical ornamentals, in part for conservation reasons and in part because tropical reef fish breed multiple times in a year, and are much smaller than such marine aquaculture subjects as cod, haddock, or flounder, thus are much easier to experiment with.

    Classes in which Alan currently teaches:

    Coral reefs, and the fish and invertebrates cohabiting them, are under increasing pressure from human exploitation and environmental damage worldwide. One pressure is collection of corals and fish for marine aquaria. Almost all marine aquarium organisms are currently wild-caught; only about 5% are tank raised. Many highly desirable species, for example dwarf angel fish, have not yet been raised in captivity. Many corals, although possible to raise in tanks, still come from the wild because coral farming is very expensive. I am testing new ways to grow corals in aquaria to make coral farming more economically viable, and I am trying to develop ways to spawn and raise larval dwarf angel (Centryopyge) species and scarlet cleaner shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) among others.

    My long term research ambitions for coral physiology are to investigate the impacts of anthropogenic disturbances - increased CO2, increased nutrients, increased temperature, increased UV light exposure, and decreased calcium carbonate saturation, for example - on growth and health of corals.
    Examples of Students' Research Topics
    Clown Fish
    Honors BSc Students
    • Jamie Diduck (01/02) "Manipulating light regimes to maximize growth in hermatypic corals"
    • Leah Bymers (00/01) "Does feeding phytoplankton to scleractinian corals (Acropora and Pocillopora spp.) increase growth?
    Graduate Students
    • Sarah Foster (2001) "Plasticity in cardiovascular development in tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus): effects of hypoxia and carbon monoxide".
    Some Graduates' Occupations
    • JoAnn Mellish (hon's) Assistant Professor, University of Alaska
    • Kent Orlando (hon's) Dentist
    • Chris Cameron (hon's) dental school (Dalhousie)
    • Natasha Capell (hon's) graduate student, University of North Texas
      Tang and coral
    • Rich Sethi (hon's) biomedical engineer
    • Patrick Wells (MSc) PhD student, Memorial University of Newfoundland
    • Steve Friet (MSc) assistant curator, University of California herpetology collection
    • Sarah Foster (MSc) Project Seahorse, McGill University. Field volunteer and project data coordinator

    Selected Publications

    Pinder, A. W. 1997. Modelling gas exchange in embryos, fetuses, and larvae. In Ontogeny of Cardiovascular Systems: Molecules to Organisms, ed. W. W. Burggren and B. Keller. University of Cambridge Press, New York, pp 240 - 258.

    Young, B. A., R. J. Wassersug, and A.W. Pinder. 1997. Gravitational gradients and blood flow patterns in specialized arboreal (Ahaetulla nasuta) and terrestrial (Crotalus adamanteus) snakes. J. Comp. Physiol. B 167(7):481-493

    Wells, P. R., and A. W. Pinder. 1996. The respiratory development of Atlantic salmon I: Morphometry of gills, yolk sac, and body surface. J. Exp. Biol. 199:2725-2736.

    Wells, P. R. and A. W. Pinder. 1996. The respiratory development of Atlantic salmon II: Partitioning of oxygen uptake among gills, yolk sac, and body surfaces. J. Exp. Biol. 199:2737-2744.

    Orlando, K, and A. Pinder 1995. Larval cardiorespiratory ontogeny and allometry in Xenopus laevis. Physiological Zoology 68: 63-75.

    Pinder, A., and S. Friet . 1994. Oxygen transport in egg masses of the amphibians Rana sylvatica and Ambystoma maculatum: convection, diffusion, and O2 production by algae. J. Exp. Biol. 197: 17-30.


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