Dr. Jim Wetzel

Jim Wetzel , Ph.D.

Pulaski L. Bealy Smith Professor of Biology

Department of Biology

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Dr. Wetzel – Curriculum Vitae »

Education Background

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

Areas of Specialty
  • Biology of Seahorses
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Ichthyology
  • Vertebrate Reproduction and Embryonic Development
Courses Taught
  • Comparative Anatomy
  • Developmental Biology
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Human Anatomy and Embryology
  • Introductory Biology
  • Professional Activities
  • American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists
  • Electron Microscopy Society of America
  • 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)