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Dr. Carl Thurman

Dr. Carl Thurman
(319) 273-2276
McCollum Science Hall 83
  • 2009 Fulbright Fellowship; Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brasil
  • 2007-2008 University Distinguished Scholar
  • 2006 CNS Dean's Award for Superior Achievement in Research

Senior Postdoc.

  • The University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha (2003)
  • The University of Texas Medical School at Houston(1990; 1999)

Junior Postdoc.

  • Washington University Medical School (1984-1989)
  • The Medical College of Ohio at Toledo (1979 -1983


  • Ph.D. 1980 University of Minnesota (Zoology)
  • M.S. 1973 University of West Florida (Marine Science)
  • B.S. 1969 University of Houston (Biology)

Teaching Interests: 
BIOLOGY. Marine science; reef biology; neurobiology; endocrinology; comparative animal physiology; fiddler crabs; diabetes.

Cellular mechanisms of physiological regulation. Biophysical regulation of ion channel kinetics in plasma and artificial membranes. Control of membrane conductance in epithelial cells by hormones and neurotransmitters. Ion and osmotic regulation in semiterrestrial brachyurans. Biological rhythms in shallow water, marine organisms.

  • Thurman, C.L. and M.J. Hopkins. Potential impact of global climate change on the distribution and abundance of Atlantic fiddler crabs. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. (submitted 9/2007).
  • Thurman, C.L., J.M. Hanna, and C.R. Bennett. 2008. Osmoregulation by fiddler crabs from the northern Caribbean. Annl. Meeting Soc. Integ. Comparative Biol., Jan 2-7, San Antonio, TX.
  • Boeugher, N.G., J. MaIntosh, J.A. Djuren, M.W. Roth, C. Wexler, and C.Thurman 2006. Using molecular dynamics simulations to model the DC electrical behavior of confined layers. Amer. J. Undergrad. Res. 5: 1-8.
  • Thurman, C.L. 2005. Osmoregulation by fiddler crabs from southern California and subtropical Florida. Bull. Mar. Sci. 77:83-100 .
  • Thurman, C.L. 2004. Unraveling the ecological significance of endogenous rhythms in intertidal crabs. Biol. Rhythms Res. 35:43-67.
  • Thurman, C.L. 2003. Osmoregulation by six species of fiddler crabs (Uca) from the Mississippi delta area in the northern Gulf of Mexico. J. Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 291: 233-253.
  • Thurman, C.L. 2003. Osmoregulation in fiddler crabs from the temperate Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico caosts of North America. Mar. Biol. 142:77-92.
  • Thurman, C.L. 2002. Osmoregulation by six species of fiddler crabs from the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. Mar. Ecology (PSZN) 23:269-284.