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Lara Ferry

Associate Dean of Research and Strategic Initiatives, Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, WEST Campus, Mailcode 1251
Associate Dean of Research and Strategic Initiatives, Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 1251
Associate Dean Research & Strategic Initiatives
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, WEST Campus, Mailcode 1251
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, WEST Campus, Mailcode 1251
Biography

Dr. Lara Ferry is the Associate Dean of Research and Strategic Initiatives for the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and a President's Professor.  She holds an academic appointment in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. She is also a Senior Sustainability Scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, affiliated faculty with the BioDesign Institute and the Global Security Initiative, and honors faculty in Barrett the Honors College.

Prior to joining ASU in 2010, she was a member of the research faculty at San Jose State University/Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Her research focuses on the evolution of jaws and their function in the aquatic realm, as well as the performance of biological materials.

Education
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Population Biology and Department of Evolution and Ecology, University of California Davis
  • Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Comparative Physiology Graduate Group), University of California Irvine 1998
  • M.S. Marine Science, San Francisco State University 1994
  • B.S. Biology, Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo 1991

 

Research Interests

Professor Ferry's research is within the field called Functional Morphology. Functional Morphology is the study of organism structure (i.e., anatomy) and function (e.g., how it works in a particular context). She is particularly interested in the evolution of jaws and novel structures associated with food aquisition. Her research uses primarily fishes, as they are the most diverse of all the vertebrates, and are the group in which jaws first evolved. Most of her work has focused on functional traits associated with aquatic prey capture and processing, as well as how fish generate water flow into the head and over the respiratory structures.  

Areas of Interest:  Physiology, Functional Morphology, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Ecophysiology, Ichthyology 

Ferry lab website:  morphology.asu.edu

 

Research Group

Please visit the lab website (above) to get to know our students and researchers.

 

 

Publications

Please visit the lab website (above) for a current list of publications.

Research Activity

Recent research grants:

  • NSF RoL:FELS-1839786 Reciprocal illumination between ecology and biomechanics: evolution, integration, and constraint (2018-2020).
  • NSF S-STEM-7676688 Collaborative Research: TRAIN (TRAnsfer to Interdisciplinary Natural sciences): A Community College-University Consortium to Increase Community College Student Transfer and Success (2018-2023).
  • NSF IOS-1324560 Collaborative Research: Strain in Cartilaginous Fish Skeletons (2014-2018)​.
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LSC 484Internship
LSC 492Honors Directed Study
FOR 492Honors Directed Study
FOR 493Honors Thesis
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
LSC 394Special Topics
LSC 493Honors Thesis
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 306Modes of Biological Thought
LSC 484Internship
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LSC 359Animal Physiology Laboratory
BIO 360Animal Physiology
MED 492Honors Directed Study
LSC 493Honors Thesis
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 306Modes of Biological Thought
LSC 484Internship
LSC 492Honors Directed Study
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 140-NCIASProMod
LSC 493Honors Thesis
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 140-NCIASProMod
BIO 306Modes of Biological Thought
LSC 484Internship
LSC 492Honors Directed Study
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 394Special Topics
LSC 492Honors Directed Study
LSC 493Honors Thesis
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 100The Living World
LSC 484Internship
LSC 492Honors Directed Study
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 360Animal Physiology
LSC 492Honors Directed Study
LSC 493Honors Thesis
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
Honors / Awards

Sun Devil Award for Service, Arizona State University (2016)

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, ASU Faculty Women’s Association (2016)

Outstanding Research/Creative Activity Award, ASU New College (2014)

nominated to Knowledge Enterprise and Development (KED) Leadership Academy, ASU (2014)

Editorships

Senior Editor, Functional Ecology (2016-)

Editorial Board, Integrative & Comparative Biology (2011-2016)

Editorial Board, Zoology (2009-2016)

Section Editor, Frontiers in Aquatic Physiology (2008-2011)

Professional Associations

British Ecological Society (BES); Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology (SICB); American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists (ASIH); American Elasmobranch Society (AES); Arizona Nevada Academy of Science (ANAS); ASU Faculty Women’s Association (FWA).

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Honors Faculty, Barrett The Honors College; Graduate Faculty, Biology PhD; Graduate Faculty, Environmental Life Sciences PhD; Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability (sustainability.asu.edu); Affilated Faculty, Global Security Initiative (globalsecurity.asu.edu); Affilated Faculty, Biodesign Institute (biodesign.asu.edu)

Service

Selected highlights

Board of Directors, Faculty Women's Association (2016-)

Board of Governors, American Society of Ichtnyologists and Herpetologists (2016-2020)

Board of Directors, American Elasmobrach Society (2016-2019)

Committee on Equity & Diversity, American Elasmobrach Society (2014-)

Meritorious Teaching Award Committee, ASIH/AES (2014-)

Executive Board Member, American Elasmobrach Society (2014-15)

President, American Elasmobrach Society (2012-13)

Divisional Secretary, Society for Inegrative and Comparative Biology (2010-11)