Faculty & Staff

Robert D. Roer, Professor


Roer
Ph.D., Zoology (Physiology minor), Duke University, Durham, NC, 1979
Sc.B., Aquatic Biology, Brown University, Providence, RI, 1974
Dobo Hall 215 | (910) 962-3884 | 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5915
roer@uncw.edu | http://people.uncw.edu/roer/

My field of interest is animal physiology, particularly in the areas of biomineralization, osmoregulation and membrane transport. The major emphasis of my research involves the control of calcification in the Crustacea and the mechanisms of ion translocation to and from skeletons. Graduate students in my lab have worked on problems involving crustacean mineralization, crustacean gill structure and ion transport, crustacean salinity and temperature preference, and age determination in blue crabs.

Recent Publications:

Roer, R. and D. Towle (2004) Partial nucleotide sequence of a putative cuticular hexosaminidase from the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus.  MDIBL Bulletin 43: 40-42.

Roer, R. and D. Towle (2005) Partial nucleotide sequence and expression of plasma membrane Ca-ATPase in the hypodermis of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus.  MDIBL Bulletin 44: 40-43.

Li, T., R. Roer, M. Vana, S. Pate and J. Check (2006) Gill area, permeability and Na+,K+-ATPase activity as a function of size and salinity in the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus.  J. Exp. Zool. 305: 233-245.

Zheng, J., T. Nakatsuji, R.D. Roer and  R.D. Watson (2008) Studies of a receptor guanylyl cyclase cloned from Y-organs of the blue crab (Callinectes sapidus), and its possible functional link to ecdysteroidogenesis.  Gen. Comp. Endocrinol.  155: 780-788.

Williams, D.L., S. Modla, R.D. Roer and R.M. Dillaman (2009) Post-ecdysial change in the permeability of the exoskeleton of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus.  J. Crust. Biol. 29: 550-555.

Zheng, J., H.-Y. Chen, C.Y. Choi, R.D. Roer and R.D. Watson (2010) Molecular cloning of a putative crustacean hyperglycemic hormone (CHH) isoform from extra-eyestalk tissue of the blue crab (Callinectes sapidus), and determination of temporal and spatial patterns of CHH gene expression.  Gen. Comp. Endocrinol.  169: 174-181.

Chen, H.-Y., R.M. Dillaman, R.D. Roer and R.D. Watson (2012) Stage-specific changes in calcium concentration in crustacean (Callinectes sapidus) Y-organs during a natural molting cycle, and their relation to the hemolymphatic ecdysteroid titer.  Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 163: 170-173.

Chen, H.-Y., R.D. Roer and R.D. Watson (2013) Molecular cloning of a plasma membrane Ca2+ ATPase (PMCA) from Y-organs of the blue crab (Callinectes sapidus), and determination of spatial and temporal patterns of PMCA gene expression.  Gene 522: 8-17.


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