Jody Beers

College of Charleston

Address: Hollings Marine Lab, H112-H, 331 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.460.9866


Ph.D., 2010, University of Maine

Research Interests

  • Environmental and comparative physiology
  • Physiological ecology
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory function

Current and planned research projects

  • Physiological effects of parasites in swimming muscle of Spotted Seatrout
  • Physiological effects of environmental stressors (i.e. temperature, dissolved oxygen, etc.) on marine animals
  • Metabolism and energetics of estuarine and coastal fish species


  • Boch, C.A., Micheli, F., AlNajjar, M., Moismith, S.G., Beers, J.M., Bonilla, J.C., Expinoza, A.M., Vazquez-Vera, L., and C.B. Woodson. (2018). Local oceanographic variability influences the performance of juvenile abalone under climate change. Scientific Reports 8(5501): doi:10.1038/s41598-018-23746-z.
  • Pavlov V., Rosental B., Hansen N., Beers J.M., Paris, G., Rowbotham I., and B.A. Block (2017). Hydraulic control of tuna fins: A role for the lymphatic system in vertebrate locomotion. Science 357(6348): 310-314.
  • Somero, G.N., Beers, J.M., Chan, F., Hill, T.M., Klinger, T. and S.Y. Litvin (2016). What do changes in the carbonate system, oxygen availability, and temperature portend for coastal ecosystems? A physiological perspective. BioScience 66: 14-26.
  • Beers, J.M. and N. Jayasundara (2015).  Antarctic notothenioid fish: what are the future costs of 'losses' and 'gains' acquired during long-term evolution at cold and stable temperatures? J Exp Biol 218:1834-1845.
  • Butcher, J.T, Johnson, T., Beers, J.M., Columbus, L. and B.E. Isakson (2014).  Hemoglobin alpha in the blood vessel wall.  Free Rad Biol Med 73:136-142.
  • Mueller, I.A., Devor, D.P., Grim, J.M., Beers, J.M., Crockett, E.L. and K.M. O’Brien (2012).  Exposure to critical thermal maxima increases oxidative stress in hearts of white- but not red-blooded Antarctic notothenioid fishes.  J Exp Biol 215: 3655-3664. 
  • Mueller, I.A., Grim, J.M., Beers, J.M., Crockett, E.L. and K.M. O’Brien (2011). Inter-relationship between mitochondrial function and susceptibility to oxidative stress in red- and white-blooded Antarctic notothenioids. J Exp Biol 214: 3732-3741.
  • Beers, J.M. and B.D. Sidell (2011).  Thermal tolerance of Antarctic notothenioid fishes correlates with level of circulating hemoglobin.  Physiol Biochem Zool 84(4): 353-362.
  • Beers, J.M., Borley, K.A. and B.D. Sidell (2010). Relationship among circulating hemoglobin, nitric oxide synthase activities and angiogenic poise in red- and white-blooded Antarctic notothenioid fishes. Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol 156: 422-429.
  • Borley, K.A., Beers, J.M. and B.D. Sidell (2010). Phenylhydrazine-induced anemia causes nitric oxide-mediated upregulation of the angiogenic pathway in Notothenia coriicepsJ Exp Biol 213: 2865-2872.
  • Wujcik, J.M.*, Wang, G., Eastman, J.T. and B.D. Sidell (2007).  Morphometry of retinal vasculature in Antarctic fishes is dependent upon the level of hemoglobin in circulation.  J Exp Biol 210: 815-824. [*J.M. Beers first published as J.M. Wujcik]