Wednesday March 10, 2010
- Patrick Hassett received his A.B. (magna cum laude) in Biology from Harvard University and M.S. and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington. He has held positions as a National Research Council Research Associate at the National Marine Fisheries Service Honolulu Laboratory, Research Scientist at SUNY-Stony Brook�s Marine Science Center, and Research Associate at Arizona State University�s Department of Zoology where he conducted a comparative study of marine and freshwater ecosystems in collaboration with Dr. James Elser. He held a research position at Ohio University from 1995-2001, and began a teaching position in September 2001. Dr. Hassett�s research interests are centered on the physiology and feeding ecology of marine and freshwater zooplankton, particularly copepods (millimeter-sized crustaceans that frequently dominate the zooplankton). His research has taken him to a variety of marine and freshwater habitats, from polar and sub-polar seas off the Aleutian Islands and Antarctica, to temperate waters of the North Pacific and Gulf of Maine, to sub-tropical waters of Hawaii and the Gulf of California, as well as to lakes of Wisconsin and Michigan. His most recent research, in collaboration with Dr. Lisa Crockett at OU, centers on the role of dietary sterols (such as cholesterol) in copepod nutrition and the effects of sterol limitation on cell membranes. Much of this research is conducted out of the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory during the summer. Dr. Hassett teaches majors courses in Marine Biology (BIOS 429) and Invertebrate Biology (BIOS 430), and an introductory non-majors course The Animal Kingdom (BIOS100).