Christopher Rowe

Photo of Chris Rowe Associate Professor
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
146 Williams St., PO Box 38
Solomons, Maryland 20688
Phone: 410-326-7227

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Climate change, Thermal biology, Energetics, Reproduction, Metabolism, Diamondback terrapin, Reptiles, Amphibians

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Chris Rowe’s research addresses the physiological ecology and ecotoxicology of marine, estuarine, and freshwater animals and looks to understand organismal responses to conditions associated with the dynamic climate and habitat contamination.  His work frequently involves comparative energetics, evaluating how environmental stressors can influence animal ecology via impacts on the efficiency with which animals assimilate and metabolize energy and the subsequent ramifications for their growth, reproduction, and survival.  Dr. Rowe’s research lies at the nexus between physiology and population and community ecology and  identifies mechanisms through which ecological changes may result from the direct and indirect effects of stressors on the function of individuals.  His work addresses a variety of ectothermic vertebrates and invertebrates and frequently involves reptiles and amphibians, including the iconic Diamondback Terrapin.


  • Ph. D., Biology – The Pennsylvania State University

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