Welcome Dr. William Stewart
William Stewart, PhD, is a comparative biologist interested in how animals move, catch prey, and evade predators. He received a BSc and MSc from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, where he studied the biomechanics of squid locomotion with Dr. Ian Bartol. William then moved to Southern California to complete his PhD under Dr. Matthew McHenry at UC, Irvine. His dissertation investigated the sensory biology and biomechanics of fish during predator-prey interactions. After finishing is PhD in March 2013, William worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Timothy Higham’s lab at UC, Riverside. Where he studied the biomechanics of gecko locomotion and adhesion.
In addition to research, William is devoted to pedagogy and looks for new ways to inspire young scientists. Since 2010, he has taught senior-level courses in physiology at UC, Irvine and has been adjunct faculty in the Department of Marine Science at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA.
William now joins the Whitney’s Liao Lab as a postdoctoral fellow, where he plans to investigate how different flow conditions affect a fish’s ability to swim, feed, and sense the environment. His work will encompass a broad size range, from electrophysiology recordings of single cells to high-speed video of fish behaving in the wild. Together, this work will help us to better understand how fish function in their natural, dynamic habitats.