UCMP welcomes Roy Caldwell…
As Bill Clemens resumes his retirement, Roy Caldwell takes the leadership of UCMP
as the new Interim Director. Roy is a professor in the Department of Integrative
Biology, and his research interests lie in tropical marine invertebrate behavior
and ecology. His current work focuses on the behavioral ecology of stomatopod
crustaceans, a group of tropical marine predators commonly known as mantis shrimp.
Two hundred million years ago stomatopods evolved a pair of enlarged raptorial
feeding appendages that also serve as potent offensive and defensive weapons. Much
of Roys research is concerned with how various aspects of stomatopod biology and
behavior have coevolved with the development of these potentially lethal weapons.
More recently, his research has expanded to include the evolution of mating systems,
sensory ecology, larval biology, and studies of the genetic structure of stomatopod
populations as a means to deduce the timing and pathways of dispersal. Roy serves,
along with Dave Lindberg, as the Principal Investigator of the Understanding Evolution
And “thanks” to Bill Clemens…
Bill was the Director of UCMP from 1987 to 1989 and officially retired from the
faculty in December 2002. In July 2003, he was called back from retirement to serve
as UCMPs Interim Director. Re-retirement will find Bill and his wife enjoying some
of the many attractions of London, as well as an
New Interim Director of UCMP, Roy Caldwell (photo courtesy
of Roy Caldwell)
opportunity for Bill to continue some research at the Natural History Museum.
Highlighted in the UCMP
December profile, Bill describes the evolution of UCMP over the years: “Surfing
UCMPs web pages reveals a tribute to how much has and is being accomplished. These
are achievements of which we all can be very proud and form a starting line for future
developments.” We thank you, Bill, for your dedication and leadership that have
contributed to these achievements.
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