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Lara Ferry

Sr Assoc Dean & Pres Prof
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, WEST Campus, Mailcode 1251
Senior Global Futures Scientist
Administrative, WEST Campus, Mailcode 1251
Sr Assoc Dean & Pres Prof
Administrative, WEST Campus, Mailcode 1251
Associate Dean & President’s Professor
Academic Prof w/Admin Appt, WEST Campus, Mailcode 1251
Biography: 

Lara Ferry is the Senior Associate Dean for the Knowledge Enterprise in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and a President's Professor. In her administrative role she is focused on research, knowledge generation, and strategic initiatives for the New College.  She holds an academic appointment in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. She is also a PLuS Alliance Fellow, a Senior Global Futures Scientist in the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, affiliated faculty with the Biodesign Institute and the Global Security Initiative, and honors faculty in Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University.

Prior to joining ASU in 2010, she was a member of the research faculty at San Jose State University and 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
  • M.S. Marine Science, San Francisco State University
  • B.S. Biology, Cal Poly State University-San Luis Obispo

 

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 acquisition. 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.  

Publications: 

Please visit Ferry's Research Gate profile, or Google Scholar profile, for a full list of publications.

Research Activity: 

Please visit Ferry's Elsevier (Experts.ASU) site for a full list of grants and related activity

Summer 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 360Animal Physiology
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 592Research
BIO 599Thesis
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
LSC 394Special Topics
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 592Research
BIO 599Thesis
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 360Animal Physiology
LSC 493Honors Thesis
FOR 493Honors Thesis
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LSC 492Honors Directed Study
FOR 492Honors Directed Study
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 592Research
BIO 599Thesis
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LSC 493Honors Thesis
FOR 493Honors Thesis
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LSC 492Honors Directed Study
FOR 492Honors Directed Study
FOR 493Honors Thesis
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LSC 493Honors Thesis
FOR 493Honors Thesis
ENV 497Honors Colloquium
LSC 499Individualized Instruction
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
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
Presentations: 

Selected presentations relating to teaching and mentoring:

  • Workshop Co-creator and Co-leader, Mentoring Matters: A Three-Part Workshop Series for Graduate Students, ASU New College and ASU Graduate College
  • Workshop Organizer, Communicating Science, ASU New College
  • Workshop Organizer, Conflict Management, ASU New College
  • Invited Panelist, Successful Promotion to Full, ASU Faculty Women’s Association 
  • Workshop Creator and Leader, Effective Practices in the Lecture Classroom, ASU New College Teaching Innovation and Excellence (TIE) Initiative 
Honors / Awards: 
  • PLuS Alliance Fellow (global.asu.edu/plus-alliance), Arizona State University (2020-2022)
  • 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)
  • CSU Instructional Development honoree, San Jose State University (2006)
  • Excelllence in Teaching, UC Irvine (1998, 1999)
  • US Congressional Certificate of Recognition (2008)
  • California Senate and State Assembly Certificates of Recognition (2008)
  • Monterey County Board of Supervisors Certificate of Recognition (2008)
Editorships: 
  • Senior Executive Editor (2021-); Executive Editor (2016-2021), Functional Ecology
  • 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)
Consulting: 

Silvergate MediaOctonauts Children’s Television Series (airing on Disney Channel), scientific support 

Executive Education Courses: 

2020                    Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Certification, Arizona Assocation for Environmental Education (AAEE), and Visceral Change (VisceralChange.org)

2020                    Global Advocacy Certificate Program (GACP), Arizona State University

2019                    Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI), Cohort III, Arizona State University

2018                    Midfulness Leadership Certification, ASU Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience

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