Bob Podolsky

College of Charleston

Address: Grice Marine Laboratory, 205 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.953.9186
Personal Website:


Ph.D., 1995, University of Washington

Research Interests

  • Functional biology and evolutionary ecology of marine invertebrates, larval ecology and life-history evolution, fertilization ecology, physiological ecology, phenotypic plasticity

Current and planned research projects

  • Physiological ecology of development in intertidal habitats
  • Reproductive plasticity of adults in response to developmental risks for offspring
  • Effects of interacting temperature and oxygen conditions during development
  • Phylogenetic analysis of gamete and larval character evolution
  • Tradeoffs governing the expression of larval phenotypic plasticity


  • Castro DA, Podolsky RD.  2012.  Holding On to a Shifting Substrate: Plasticity of Egg Mass Tethers and Tethering Forces in Soft Sediment for an Intertidal Gastropod, Biological Bulletin 223: 300-311.
  • Fernandes DAO, Podolsky RD.  2011.  Developmental consequences of association with a photosynthetic substrate for encapsulated embryos of an intertidal gastropod, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 407: 370-376.
  • Jacobs MW, Podolsky RD.  2010.  Variety is the Spice of Life Histories: Comparison of Intraspecific Variability in Marine Invertebrates. Integrative and Comparative Biology 50(4): 630-642.
  • Woods HA, Podolsky RD.  2007.  Photosynthesis Drives Oxygen Levels in Macrophyte-Associated Gastropod Egg Masses. Biological Bulletin 213: 88-94.
  • Allen, J.D. and R.D. Podolsky.  2007.  Uncommon diversity in larval form and developmental mode in Macrophiothrix brittlestars.  Marine Biology 151:85-97.