Dr. Paul H.Yancey is a Professor and the Carl E. Peterson Endowed Chair of Sciences at Whitman College (Walla Walla, Washington, USA), where he teaches undergraduate courses in marine biology (for both biology and non-science majors), animal physiology, bioethics, and student research. Dr. Yancey is also Director of the Deep Sea for MarineBio.org and runs his own educational deep-sea website. Dr. Yancey studies biochemical and physiological adaptations of marine animals to physical and chemical factors, specifically water and osmosis, pH, temperature, hydrogen sulfide at vents and seeps, and hydrostatic pressure in the deep sea. Since 1983, Paul has gone on numerous deep-sea expeditions using nets, ROVs, and the Alvin submersible to collect animals. His specific deep-sea research includes tissue compositions and buoyancy of deep pelagic fishes.
Dr. Yancey obtained a B.S. in Biology from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, followed by postdoctoral work at the University of St. Andrews and the Marine Biological Laboratory Plymouth (UK). He has worked during summers and sabbaticals at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, the National Institutes of Health [medical research], the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Louisiana State University, University of Hawaii’s Oceanography Dept. and Institute of Marine Biology, University of Otago (New Zealand), and University of Aberdeen.