Lara Ferry

ASU West Campus, CLCC 290
PO Box 37100, mail code 2352
School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Faculty
Campus:
WEST
Mailcode:
2352

Biography

Professor Ferry is the Director of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. She is also a Senior Sustainability Scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, affiliated faculty with the Global Security Initative, and 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.

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 to get to know our students and researchers.

 

 

Publications

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

Research Activity

  • Ferry,Lara Annette*. Collaborative Research: Strain in Cartilaginous Fish Skeletons. NSF-BIO(6/1/2014 - 5/31/2018).
  • Ferry,Lara Annette*. Imaging the Future (ASUF 30005884). ASU FDN(1/21/2014 - 10/13/2014).
  • Ferry,Lara Annette*. RIG/CAA: The Chimaera's Beak: the Mechanics and Performance Consequences of an Ancient Feeding Mechanism. NSF-BIO(2/2/2011 - 6/30/2012).
  • Ferry,Lara Annette*. RUI/Collaborative Research: Development, Performance, & Evolutionary Ramifications of Premaxillary Protrusion in Teleosts: A Transdisciplinary Study. NSF-BIO(2/2/2011 - 8/31/2012).

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
HON 272 The Human Event
LSC 394 Special Topics
LSC 493 Honors Thesis
LSC 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 306 Modes of Biological Thought
LSC 484 Internship
LSC 499 Individualized Instruction
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
LSC 359 Animal Physiology Laboratory
BIO 360 Animal Physiology
MED 492 Honors Directed Study
LSC 493 Honors Thesis
LSC 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 306 Modes of Biological Thought
LSC 484 Internship
LSC 492 Honors Directed Study
LSC 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
ASU 140-NCIAS ProMod
LSC 493 Honors Thesis
LSC 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
ASU 140-NCIAS ProMod
BIO 306 Modes of Biological Thought
LSC 484 Internship
LSC 492 Honors Directed Study
LSC 499 Individualized Instruction
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
HON 394 Special Topics
LSC 492 Honors Directed Study
LSC 493 Honors Thesis
LSC 499 Individualized Instruction
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
BIO 100 The Living World
LSC 484 Internship
LSC 492 Honors Directed Study
LSC 499 Individualized Instruction
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
BIO 360 Animal Physiology
LSC 492 Honors Directed Study
LSC 493 Honors Thesis
LSC 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
BIO 182 General Biology II
LSC 484 Internship
LSC 492 Honors Directed Study
LSC 499 Individualized Instruction

Honors/Awards

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

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, ASU Faculty Womens Association (2016)

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

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

Editorships

Associate Editor, Functional Ecology (2016-)

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

Editorial Board, Zoology (2009-)

Section Editor, Frontiers in Aquatic Physiology (2008-11)

Professional Associations

<p>Society for Integrative &amp; Comparative Biology (SICB); American Society of Ichthyologists &amp; Herpetologists (ASIH); American Elasmobranch Society (AES); Arizona Nevada Academy of Science (ANAS); ASU Faculty Womens Association (FWA).</p>

Service

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

Board of Governors, American Soctiey 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)