Bio

Maya deVries is a postdoctoral researcher in the Marine Biology Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

Her research focuses on the fundamental relationship between animal form and function and explores how this relationship can help to shape ecosystems. She has a particular interest in the relationship between feeding morphology and feeding ecology in aquatic animals, given the unique challenges that feeding in water presents. To understand this relationship on both the organismal and ecosystem level, deVries integrates tools in biomechanics, animal behavior, and stable isotope ecology. Her current research aims to understand how the diet-morphology relationship in marine animals could shift with the predicted changes to ocean chemistry due to climate change.

deVries received a B.S. in Evolution and Ecology from UC Davis and Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley. She currently holds a Scripps Postdoctoral Scholar Award and a NSF Ocean Sciences Division Postdoctoral Fellowship for her research at Scripps.