University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biology

Faculty - Brent L. Lockwood


Brent L. Lockwood, Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 2011
  • CV (PDF)
Area of expertise

Ecological and evolutionary physiology

Contact Information
Email: Brent Lockwood

Office: Room 203 Marsh Life Science
Office Hours: Mondays, 3:00-4:00
Phone: (802) 656-1321

Lockwood Lab WEBSITE


HOW DO ORGANISMS SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS? The environment is never static. It is dynamic and ever-changing. Because physiological processes are perturbed by changes in the environment, the biosphere can be a challenging place in which to live. In the Lockwood Lab, we study the interactions between physiology, genes, and the environment to elucidate how environmental factors like temperature are forces of natural selection.


  • Lockwood BL, Connor KM, and Gracey AY. 2015. The environmentally tuned transcriptomes of Mytilus mussels. Journal of Experimental Biology 218, 1822-1833.
  • Lockwood BL and Somero GN. 2012. Functional determinants of temperature adaptation in enzymes of cold- vs. warm-adapted mussels (genus Mytilus). Molecular Biology and Evolution 29, 3061-3070.
  • Lockwood BL and Somero GN. 2011. Invasive and native blue mussels (genus Mytilus) on the California coast: the role of physiology in a biological invasion. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 400, 167-174.
  • Lockwood BL and Somero GN. 2011. Transcriptomic responses to salinity stress in invasive and native blue mussels (genus: Mytilus). Molecular Ecology 20, 517-529.
  • Lockwood BL, Sanders JG, and Somero GN. 2010. Transcriptomic responses to acute heat stress in invasive and native blue mussels (genus: Mytilus): molecular correlates of invasive success. Journal of Experimental Biology 213, 3548-3558.
  • Denny MW, Lockwood BL, and Somero GN. 2009. Can the giant snake predict palaeoclimate? Nature 460, E3-E4.
  • Peng J, Wagle M, Mueller T, Mathur P, Lockwood BL, Bretaud S, Guo S. 2009. Ethanol-modulated camouflage response screen in zebrafish uncovers a novel role for cAMP and extracellular signal-regulated kinase signaling in behavioral sensitivity to ethanol. Journal of Neuroscience 29, 8408-8418.
  • Bretaud S, Li Q, Lockwood BL, Lau B, Lin E, and Guo S. 2007. A choice behavior for morphine reveals experience-dependent drug preference and underlying neural substrates in developing larval zebrafish. Neuroscience 146, 1109-1116.
  • Lockwood B, Bjerke S, Kobayashi K, and Guo S. 2004. Acute effects of alcohol on larval zebrafish: a genetic system for large-scale screening. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior 77, 647-654.