Dr. James T. Wetzel

The Pulaski L. Bealy Smith Professor of Biology
Joined PC in 1990

Contact Information
202 Lassiter
(864) 833-8412

B.S., Point Park College
M.A., California State University
Ph.D., Clemson University

Areas of Specialty
Vertebrate reproduction and embryonic development, biology of seahorses, ichthyology, electron microscopy.

Courses Taught
Introductory Biology
Developmental Biology
Comparative Anatomy
Human Anatomy and Embryology
Electron Microscopy

Professional Activities
Electron Microscopy Society of America
American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists
Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology
South Carolina Academy of Sciences

Honors and Recognition
First place, Polaroid Corporation International Scientific
Photographic Competition: Electron microscopy category (1994)
“Biologist At Large,” Appalachian Region EM Society (1995)
“Visiting Scholar” at Belle Baruch Institute, SC (Summer 2001)

Publications and Articles
Wetzel, J., Wourms, J.P., and Friel, J. Comparative morphology of cotylephores in Platystacus and Solenostomus; modifications of the integument for egg attachment in skin-brooding fishes. Envir. Biol. Fish. 50(1). (1996)

Wetzel, J. and Wourms, J.P. Adaptations for reproduction and development in the skin-brooding ghost pipefishes, Solenostomus. Envir. Biol. Fish. 44:363-384. (1995)

Bartsch, J., Ergle, S., Kokkala, I., and Wetzel, J. Development of the lateral line in embryos of the the dwarf seahorse, Hippocampus zosterae. ASB Bull. 41 (2):82. (1994)

Wourms, J. and Wetzel, J. Evolutionary morphology of cotylephores: egg attachment sites in skin-brooding fishes. Amer. Zool. 32 (5): 160A. (1992)

Wetzel, J., Wourms, J.P., and Poss, S.G. Cotylephores of the ghost pipefish: sites of egg attachment and maternal-embryonic exchange. Amer. Zool. 32 (5): 154A. (1992)

Wetzel, J. and Wourms, J.P. Paternal-embryonic relationships in seahorses and pipefishes (Syngnathidae). Amer. Zool. 31:83A. (1991)

“Evolution and function of the seahorse brood pouch.” South Carolina Marine Education Association (1996)

“The evolution of the paternal brood sac in Syngnathid fishes.” Winthrop University (1993)

“Paternal-embryonic relations “Species diversity in the eastern and western pacific.” Bodega Marine Laboratory (1986); Tokai University, Kumamoto, Japan (1987); Amucksa Aquarium, Amucksa, Japan (1987)