Curriculum Vitae

Mackenzie Gerringer, PhD

CURRENT POSITION

Assistant Professor of Biology

State University of New York at Geneseo

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Marine Biology

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

B.A. in Biology & German Studies

Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

EMPLOYMENT

2019–Present   Assistant Professor of Biology. State University of New York at Geneseo. Physiology and ecology of deep-sea organisms.

2017–2019    Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Friday Harbor Labs, University of Washington. Functional morphology and physiology of fishes.

2015–2017  NSF Graduate Research Fellow. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Deep-sea fish physiology and ecology, focus on hadal trenches.

2013–2014 Graduate Research Fellow. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Deep-sea fish physiology and ecology, focus on hadal trenches.

2012–2013  Fulbright Fellow. English Teaching Assistant. Oberschule an der  Hermannsburg. Bremen, Germany.

PUBLICATIONS

Blanton, J.M., L.M. Peoples, M.E. Gerringer, C.M. Iacuaniello, N.D. Gallo, T.D. Linley, A.J. Jamieson, J.C. Drazen, D.H. Bartlett, E.E. Allen (2022). Microbiomes of hadal fishes across trench habitats contain similar taxa and known piezophiles. mSphere. doi: 10.1128/msphere.00032-22 Open Access

Gerringer, M.E., T.D. Linley, J. Nielsen (2021). Revision of the depth record of bony fishes with notes on hadal snailfishes (Liparidae, Scorpaeniformes) and cusk eels (Ophidiidae, Ophidiiformes). Marine Biology. 168, 167. doi: 10.1007/s00227-021-03950-8 Link to View 

Gerringer, M.E., A.S. Dias, A.A. von Hagel, J.W. Orr, A.P. Summers, S. Farina (2021) Habitat influences skeletal morphology and density in the snailfishes (family Liparidae). Frontiers in Zoology. 16(18). doi: 10.10.1186/s12983-021-00399-9 Open Access

Tokuda, A.K., J.C. Drazen, M.E. Gerringer, B.N. Popp, E. Grammatopoulou, D.J. Mayor (2020) Trophic interactions of megafauna in the Mariana and Kermadec trenches inferred from stable isotope analysis. Deep-Sea Research Part I. 164, 103360. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2020.103360 Open Access

Gerringer, M.E., P.H. Yancey, O.V. Tikhonova, N.E. Vavvlov, V.G. Zgoda, D.R. Davydov (2020) Pressure tolerance of deep-sea enzymes can be evolved through increasing volume changes in protein transitions: a study with lactate dehydrogenases from abyssal and hadal fishes. The FEBS Journal. 287, 5394-5410. doi: 10.1111/febs.15317 Open Access

Gerringer, M.E. (2019) On the success of the hadal snailfishes. Integrative Organismal Biology. 1-18. doi: 10.1093/iob/obz004 Open Access

Mundy, B.C., M.E. Gerringer, J.G. Nielsen, P. Fryer, A. Leitner (2018) First in situ observation of an aphyonid fish (Teleostei, Ophidiiformes, Bythitidae). Deep-Sea Research Part II. 150, 164-169. doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.09.009 Open Access

Gerringer, M.E., A.H. Andrews, G.R. Huss, K. Nagashima, B.N. Popp, T.D. Linley, N.D. Gallo, M.R. Clark, A.J. Jamieson, J.C. Drazen (2018) Life history of abyssal and hadal fishes from otolith growth zones and oxygen isotopic compositions. Deep-Sea Research Part I. 132, 37-50. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2017.12.002 Open Access

Gerringer, M.E., J.C. Drazen, T.D. Linley, A.P. Summers, A.J. Jamieson, P.H. Yancey (2017) Distribution, composition, and functions of gelatinous tissues in deep-sea fishes. Royal Society Open Science. 4, 171063. doi: 10.1098/rsos.171063 Open Access

Gerringer, M.E., T.D. Linley, A.J. Jamieson, E. Goetze, J.C. Drazen (2017) Pseudoliparis swirei sp. nov.: A newly-discovered species of hadal snailfish (Scorpaeniformes: Liparidae) from the Mariana Trench. Zootaxa. 4358(1), 161-177. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4358.1.7 Open Access

Gerringer, M.E., J.C. Drazen, P.H. Yancey (2017) Metabolic enzyme activities of abyssal and hadal fishes: pressure effects and a re-evaluation of depth-related changes. Deep-Sea Research Part I. 125, 135-146. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2017.05.010 Open Access

Gerringer, M.E., B.N. Popp, T.D. Linley, A.J. Jamieson, J.C. Drazen (2017) Comparative feeding ecology of abyssal and hadal fishes through stomach content and amino acid isotope analysis. Deep-Sea Research Part I. 121, 110-120.  doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2017.01.003 Open Access

Linley, T.D., A.L. Stewart, P.J. McMillan, M.R. Clark, M.E. Gerringer, J.C. Drazen, T. Fujii, A.J. Jamieson (2017) Bait attending fishes of the abyssal zone and hadal boundary: community structure, functional groups and species distribution in the Kermadec, New Hebrides and Mariana Trenches. Deep-Sea Research Part I. 121, 38-53. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2016.12.009 Available

Linley, T.D., M.E. Gerringer, P.H. Yancey, J.C. Drazen, C.L. Weinstock, A.J. Jamieson (2016) Fishes of the hadal zone including new species, in situ observations, and depth records of Liparidae. Deep-Sea Research Part I. 114, 99-110. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2016.05.003 Open Access

Mills, S., D. Leduc, J.C. Drazen, P.H. Yancey, A.J. Jamieson, M.R. Clark, A.A. Rowden, D.J. Mayor, S. Piertney, T. Heyl, D. Bartlett, J. Bourque, W. Cho, A. Demopoulos, P. Fryer, M.E. Gerringer, E. Grammatopoulou, S. Herrera, M. Ichino, B. Lecroq, T.D. Linley, K. Meyer, C. Nunnally, H. Ruhl, G. Wallace, C. Young, T.M. Shank (2016) 10,000 m under the sea: an overview of the HADES expedition to the Kermadec Trench. In B. Golder and A. Connell (Eds.) Proceedings of Kermadec Discoveries and Connections (pp 36–38). The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Kelley, C., S. France, F. Parrish, D. Wagner, M.E. Gerringer, M. Garcia (2016) CAPSTONE’s First Year – 2015 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaii. Oceanography. 29(1),68-74. doi: 10.5670/oceanog.2016.supplement.01 Open Access

Drazen, J.C., J.R. Friedman, N.E. Condon, E.J. Aus, M.E. Gerringer, A.A. Keller, M.E. Clarke (2015) Enzyme activities of demersal fishes from the shelf to the abyssal plain. Deep-Sea Research Part I. 100, 117-126. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2015.02.013 Available

Yancey, P.H., M.E. Gerringer, J.C. Drazen, A.A. Rowden, A.J. Jamieson (2014) Marine fish may be biochemically constrained from inhabiting deepest ocean depths. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 111(12), 4461-5. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1322003111 Open Access

RESEARCH CRUISES (>180 days total)

2018    RV Sonne, SO261, Peru-Chile Trench, Chile–Ecuador. HADES-ERC.

2017    RV Shinyo-maru, SY1615, Mariana Trench, Japan–Palau.

2016    RV Ka’imikai-o-Kanaloa, Hawaii. Dive, Pisces IV, 500 m. HUMMA Project.

2015    RV Okeanos Explorer, EX1504L4, Johnston Atoll, Hawaii.

2014    RV Falkor, FK141109, Mariana Trench, Guam, HADES.

2014    RV Thomas G. Thompson, TN309, Kermadec Trench, New Zealand–Samoa, HADES.

2013 RV Kaharoa, KAH1310, New Hebrides Trench, New Caledonia–New Zealand, HADEEP.

2011    RV Kaharoa, KAH1109, Kermadec Trench, New Zealand, HADEEP.

AWARDS & HONORS

Patricia & Jerry Smith Endowed Faculty Incentive Award for Research

SUNY Geneseo, 2020

National Science Foundation Graduate Student Research Fellowship

Honorable Mention, 2014

Awarded, 2015

Fulbright Fellowship

Bremen, Germany, 2013

Edith Blackman Merril Davis Award for Four Years of Service to the Theater

Harper Joy Theater, Walla Walla, WA, 2012

Laurie Pitts Award for Outstanding Stage Manager

Harper Joy Theater, Walla Walla, WA, 2011

J. Stanley Brode Memorial Biological Life Study Award

Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, 2011

Alexander J. Anderson Scholarship

Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, 2008

TEACHING

2021   Instructor of Record. Marine Biology & Lab, Biology Department, SUNY Geneseo. In Person

2021   Instructor of Record. Communicating Science, Biology Department, SUNY Geneseo. In Person

2021    Instructor of Record. Animal Physiology Lecture & Lab, Biology Department, SUNY Geneseo. Online

2020   Instructor of Record. Marine Biology & Lab, Biology Department, SUNY Geneseo. Online

2020   Instructor of Record. Communicating Science, Biology Department, SUNY Geneseo. Online

2020   Instructor of Record. Animal Physiology & Lab, Biology Department. SUNY Geneseo. In Person & Online

2019    Instructor of Record. Marine Biology, Biology Department. SUNY Geneseo.

2019    Instructor of Record. Science Communication, Biology Department. SUNY Geneseo.

2019  Instructor of Record. Integrative Oceans, Oceanography. Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington.

2017   Instructor of Record. Integrative Oceans, Oceanography. Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington.

2017  Instructor of Record. Seminars in Marine Science. Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington.

2016   Lab Instructor, Lecture Assistant. Introductory Oceanography: The Science of the Sea. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

2012–2013 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Oberschule an der Hermannsburg. Bremen, Germany.

2011   Teaching Assistant. Marine Biology Lab. Whitman College.

2010   Teaching Assistant. Civics. Lincoln High School, Walla Walla, WA.

PRESENTATIONS & POSTERS

2022    Deep-sea biology in an undergraduate classroom: Biodiversity of cold-water coral ecosystems and substrate complexity. Gerringer, Camilo Hernandez, Cannon, Gonzales, Ismail. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Phoenix, AZ. 

2022   Comparison of metabolic activity between deep-sea and shallow-water fishes through swimming kinematic analysis. Woodworth, Palmeri, Flannery, Fregosi, Donatelli, Geringer. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Phoenix, AZ. 

2022    Feeding morphology of deep-sea demersal fishes. Bohen, Oleyourryk, Gerringer. Poster. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Phoenix, AZ. 

2021    Habitat influences skeletal morphology and density in the snailfishes (Family Liparidae). Gerringer, Dias, von Hagel, Orr, Summers, Farina. Deep-Sea Biology Symposium. Hybrid Virtual Meeting & Brest, France. 

2021    Pressure adaptation in the deep oceans: insights from the enzymes of hadal fishes. Gerringer. Biology Under Extreme Conditions: 2030 and Beyond, Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source. Virtual Meeting. 

2021    Responding to COVID-19: How public liberal arts helps students engage. HEDs Up Session. Smith, Gerringer. Association of American Colleges & Universities. Virtual Meeting.

2021     Classification of unknown deep-sea snailfishes through morphological and genetic evidence. Woodworth, Palmeri, Fregosi, Suplicz, Gerringer. Poster. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Virtual Meeting. Session Chair.

2020    Evolving pressure tolerance in enzymes of abyssal and hadal fishes. Gerringer, Yancey, Tikhonova, Vavvlov, Zgoda, Davydov. Poster. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Austin, TX.

2020    Hadal bait-attending fishes of the Atacama Trench (Western South America) including new snailfish (Liparidae) species. Linley, Gerringer, Scott-Murray, Weston, Ritchie, Jamieson. Poster. Ocean Sciences Meeting. San Diego, CA. 

2019     Evolution of bone density in deep-sea snailfishes. Dias, Von Hagel, Summers, Gerringer, Farina. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Tampa, FL.

2019     Variations in bone density within deep-sea grenadier (Macrouridae). Martin, Dias, Summers, Gerringer. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Tampa, FL.

2018    On the success of the hadal snailfishes. Gerringer. Invited Seminar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego. La Jolla, CA.

2018    Life in the trenches: the biology of the planet’s deepest-living fishes. Gerringer. Invited Seminar, Western Washington University. Bellingham, WA.

2018    Life history of abyssal and hadal fishes from otolith analyses. Gerringer, Andrews, Huss, Nagashima, Popp, Gallo, Clark, Linley, Jamieson, Drazen. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Conference. San Francisco, CA.

2017    Life in the trenches: the biology of the planet’s deepest-living fishes. Gerringer. Invited Seminar, Whitman College. Walla Walla, WA.

2017    Life in the trenches: the biology of the planet’s deepest-living fishes. Gerringer. Invited Seminar, Friday Harbor Laboratories. Friday Harbor, WA.

2017    Life history of abyssal and hadal fishes from otolith growth zones and oxygen  isotopes. Gerringer, Andrews, Huss, Nagashima, Popp, Gallo, Clark, Linley, Jamieson, Drazen. Goldschmidt Conference. Paris, France.

2017    On the success of the hadal snailfish: The influence of trophic ecology, life history, and pressure adaptation on depth zonation in the planet’s deepest-living fishes. Seminar: PhD Defense. Honolulu, HI.

2016    Feeding ecology of abyssal and hadal fishes. Gerringer, Linley, Popp, Jamieson, Drazen. Conference of Biological Oceanography Graduate Students and Tester Symposium. Honolulu, HI.

2015    Trends in metabolic enzyme activities and pressure-related changes in maximum  reaction rate of lactate dehydrogenase in abyssal and hadal fishes. Gerringer, Davydov, Yancey, Drazen. Deep-Sea Biology Symposium. Aveiro, Portugal.

2015    Trends in metabolic enzyme activities and pressure-related changes in maximum reaction rate of lactate dehydrogenase in abyssal and hadal fishes. Gerringer, Davydov, Yancey, Drazen. Conference of Biological Oceanography Graduate Students. Honolulu, HI.

2015    Gelatinous tissue in deep-sea fishes: Insights from a robotic snailfish. Gerringer, Yancey, Linley, Jamieson, Summers. Tester Symposium. Honolulu, HI.

2015    Life in the trenches: Diversity and discovery in the hadal zone. Gerringer, Yancey. Invited Seminar: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA.

2015 Gelatinous tissue in the hadal snailfish: Proximate chemical composition and implications for swimming performance. Gerringer, Yancey, Linley, Jamieson, Summers. Seminar: Friday Harbor Labs and Poster: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. West Palm Beach, FL.

2013  High contents of methylamines and scyllo-inositol as potential piezolytes (pressure counteractants) in muscles of amphipods from the Mariana Trench. Yancey, Gerringer, Cameron, Hardy, Chastain, Bartlett. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. San Francisco, CA.

2012    High trimethylamine oxide contents in hadal snailfish (Liparidae) indicate a depth limit for teleost fishes. Gerringer, Yancey, Drazen, Rowden, Jamieson. Deep-Sea Biology Symposium. Wellington, New Zealand.

2012   Whitman Undergraduate Conference. The HADES Project: Fish from 25,000 Feet and Future Deep-Sea Research, 2012. The Edelweiss Pirates, 2012.

2012    Proximate chemistry of buoyant gel tissues in benthopelagic and benthic deep-sea fishes. Gerringer, Friedman, Drazen, Yancey. Whitman College. Poster: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Charleston, South Carolina.

2009    Characterization of aging and bioavailability of organic pollutants in sediments using the bacteria contact assay with Arthrobacter globiformis. Gerringer, Adamzyk, Zielke, Hollert. Institute for Environmental Research (Biology V), RWTH-Aachen University, Germany. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and Murdock Undergraduate Sciences Conference. Aachen, Germany and Spokane, Washington.

2009    Der miniaturisierte Bakterienkontakttest mit Arthrobacter globiformis. Adamzyk, Gerringer, Zielke, Spira, Feiler, Seiler, Ahlf, Hollert. Poster: Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry – Europe, German Language Branch. Munich, Germany.

SELECTED OUTREACH

2019-2021    Skype a Scientist

2018    Friday Harbor Labs Open House

2018    Article on the discovery of the Mariana snailfish for The Conversation

2017    Lightning Talks. Invited talk: Life in the Trenches. Seattle Aquarium.

2017    Heirs to Our Oceans, middle-school conservation group, lab tour and discussion-leading, Friday Harbor Labs.

2017    NHK: Deep Ocean, Scientific consultation and interviews in documentary about hadal trenches, broadcast on national television in Japan.

2017    Laboratory tours to visiting high school and middle school students. Friday Harbor Labs.

2017    Expanding Your Horizons. Journey to the Deep. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

2016    Waikiki Aquarium Family Night. Deep-sea collection demonstration and Q&A.

2016    Expanding Your Horizons. Journey to the Deep. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

2015    Onboard Scientist. Okeanos Explorer. Narrated telepresence-enabled ROV dives to global audience.

2015    Hook the Deep: The Hadal Zone in Fiber. Collaborative art installation and public seminar. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Commons Gallery.

2014    Waikiki Aquarium Family Night. Deep-sea collection demonstration and Q&A.

2014    Life in the Trenches. Gerringer, Wallace, Yancey. Whitman Magazine.

2013    Waikiki Aquarium Family Night. Deep-sea collection demonstration and Q&A.

SELECTED MEDIA

2021    Anglerfish are stranger than science fiction

 Live Science

2020    Discoveries in the Deep

Geneseo Scene

2019    Environmental Stewardship and Friday Harbor Labs

Public Lands Podcast

2018    Snailfish robot and gelatinous tissues:

Science News

International Business Times

2017    Description of Pseudoliparis swirei, the Mariana Snailfish:

National Geographic

Phys.Org

20 Minuten

King TV

2015    Gelatinous tissues in deep-sea fishes:

Science

2014    Deepest Fish Found:

BBC

2014    Trench Exploration:

Whitman Magazine