Biology & Marine Biology

Faculty & Staff

Richard M. Dillaman, Professor Emeritus

Dr. DillamanPh.D., Biology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 1974
B.A., Biology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1970
Friday Hall 3013 | (910) 962-7264 | 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5915

My research deals with cell structure and function as it applies to a wide variety of physiological processes, particularly biomineralization. In my research on calcification I have studied shell formation in mollusks, spicule formation in sea urchins, tooth structure in fishes, and bone formation in chickens and rats. Most recently I have been examining carapace formation and calcification in crustaceans. I have also collaborated with Drs. Kinsey and Priester at UNCW and Dr. Marilyn Ramenofsky at UC Davis in studies on the structure of muscle cells in a variety of organisms. The tools I use in my research include transmission and scanning electron microscopy as well as light microscopy. I also collaborate with faculty and students in other laboratories who wish to include a morphological or ultrastructural component in their research programs.

Kinsey, S.T., Locke, B.R. and Dillaman, R.M. (2011) Molecules in Motion: Influences of diffusion on metabolic structure and function of skeletal muscle. J. Experimental Biology 214: 263-274.

Priester, C., Morton, L., Watanabe, W., Kinsey, S. T., Dillaman, R. M. (2011). Growth patterns and nuclear distribution in white muscle fibers from black sea bass, Centropristis striata: evidence for the influence of diffusion. Journal of Experimental Biology, 214, 1230-1239.

Williams, D.L., S. Modla, R.D. Roer and R.M. Dillaman. 2009. Postecdysial change in the permeability of the exoskeleton of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. Journal of Crustacean Biology 294: 550-555.

Ana Gabriela Jimenez, Stephen T. Kinsey, Richard M. Dillaman, and Donald F. Kapraun. 2010 Nuclear DNA content variation associated with muscle fiber hypertrophic growth in decapod crustaceans. Genome 53:161-171.