Dr. Marion McClary, Jr. is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and is the Co-Director of the School of Natural Sciences on the Metropolitan campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneack and Hackensack New Jersey. He received a B.S. in Marine Science from Richard Stockton State College and a Ph.D. in Zoology from Duke University.
Dr. McClary is a behavioral/physiological ecologist. He is interested in how behavior and physiology influence ecology and how the environment influences behavior, physiology and ecology. For his doctorate he studied how chemoreception mediates gregarious settlement of barnacles. His later work has focused on the distribution of barnacles in the Hackensack River of New Jersey, gastropod feeding on detritus of Spartina alterniflora and Phragmites australis from polluted and non-polluted areas, toxicity tests of Roundup on fiddler crabs and ribbed mussels, studies of Spartina alterniflora and Phragmites australis as habitat for ribbed mussels in the Meadowlands of New Jersey, and studies of benthic biodiversity prior to reverse osmosis in China. His current work focuses on benthic biodiversity in Kearny Marsh of New Jersey before and after capping of contaminated sediments, and benthic biodiversity in the Tenakill and Musquapsink Brook watersheds.
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