Lian Guo


2015 - Present: Ph.D. Candidate in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, University of Massachusetts                   Amherst, Amherst, MA

2010 - 2014: B.A. in Organismal Biology, Scripps College, Claremont, CA 


Research Career
During my time in college, I worked in the Marine Ecology Lab, focusing on the thermal tolerance of the barnacle Balanus glandula. I developed a thesis project examining the effects of different acclimation regimes (constant warm/cold vs. variable) on the thermal tolerance of this species, in order to determine if researchers can improve laboratory methodology in thermal tolerance experiments. I worked briefly on Lizard Island Research Station in Australia, testing the efficacy of a new control solution for population outbreaks of the crown-of-thorns-seastar (Acanthaster planci). During summers in undergrad and in the year between undergrad and graduate school, I worked in the Ichthyoplankton Lab at Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA), mainly sorting and identifying ichthyoplankton from the CalCOFI plankton collection. I worked on two projects to genetically identify larval rockfish in order to determine temporal and spatial changes in rockfish assemblage within the Southern California Bight. 

I am very excited to begin graduate research with the McCormick Lab and the Jordaan Lab. I hope to evaluate how stressors that change temporally and spatially affect anadromous fish throughout ontogeny. I am interested in identifying molecular mechanisms that deal with stressors and how those mechanisms are affected when multiple stressors are present. I believe these will be important questions to examine in the scope of climate change and deteriorating water quality. I plan to work collaboratively with researchers abroad, especially in China, where waterways have been radically modified by dams and water pollution. I love to do science outreach and am involved in Science Café ( and Graduate Women in STEM's Outreach Committee. I am working with other life science graduate students to develop a new outreach blog (



Khalil, A, Parker, M, Brown, SE, Cevik, SE, Guo, LW, Jensen, J, Olmsted, A, Portman, D, Wu, H, and A Suvorov. In Review. Perinatal Exposure to 2,2',4'4' -Tetrabromidihenyl Ether Impairs Male Reproductive Health in Adult Rats. Toxicology.

Thompson, AR, Hyde, JR, Watson, W, Chen, D, and LW Guo. 2016. Rockfish assemblage structure and spawning locations in southern California identified through larval sampling. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 547:177-192