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McCormick, Stephen

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Research Physiologist
S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center
413-863-3804
Email: mccormick

Primary interests

Dr. McCormick’s research examines environmental and endocrine control of
osmoregulation, growth and development in teleosts, primarily anadromous
fishes. His current research focuses on physiological and enviromental
factors that affect conservation, restoration and enhancement of Atlantic
salmon, American shad and Atlantic sturgeon. This includes laboratory and
field work on underlying physiological principles, and applied work with
pollution, hatcheries, dams and with wild populations.

Current Projects

  • Environmental and hormonal control of the parr-smolt transformation of
    Atlantic salmon.

  • Contaminants that act as endocrine disruptors of the parr-smolt
    transformation.

  • Gill tranport proteins involved in ion regulation of euryhaline fish.

  • Impact of acid and aluminum on salinity tolerance of Atlantic salmon.

  • Effects of fish ladders on stress, fatigue and reproductive success of
    adult American shad.

Selected Recent Publications

Rees, C.B., McCormick , S.D. , Vanden Heuvel, J.P. and Li, W. 2003. Quantitative analysis of CYP1A induction in Atlantic salmon ( Salmo salar ). Aquatic Toxicology 62: 67-78.

Magee, J. A., Obedzinski, M., McCormick , S.D. and Kocik, J. F. 2003. Effects of episodic acidification on Atlantic salmon ( Salmo salar ) smolts. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 60: 214-221.

McCormick , S.D. , O ‘ Dea, M.F., Moeckel, A.M., Björnsson, B.Th. 2003. Endocrine and physiological changes in Atlantic salmon smolts following hatchery release. Aquaculture 222: 45-57.

Singer, T.D., Finstad, B., McCormick , S.D. , Wiseman, S.B., Schulte, P.M. and McKinley, R.S. 2003. Interactive effects of cortisol treatment and ambient seawater challenge on gill Na + ,K + -ATPase and CFTR expression in two strains of Atlantic salmon smolts. Aquaculture 222: 15-28.

Shrimpton, J.M. and McCormick , S.D. 2003. Environmental and endocrine control of gill corticosteroid receptor number and affinity in Atlantic salmon ( Salmo salar ) during smolting. Aquaculture 222: 83-99.

Stefansson, S.O., McGinnity, P., Björnsson, B.Th., Schreck, C.B. and McCormick , S.D. 2003. The importance of smolt development to salmon conservation, culture and management: perspectives from the 6 th International Workshop on Salmonid Smoltification. Aquaculture 222: 15-28.

Stefansson, S.O., Björnsson, B.Th., Sundell, K., Nyhammer, G. and McCormick , S.D. 2003. Physiological characteristics of wild Atlantic salmon post-smolts during estuarine and coastal migration. Journal of Fish Biology 63: 942-955.

Pelis, R.M. and McCormick , S.D. 2003. Fin development in stream- and hatchery-reared Atlantic salmon. Aquaculture 220: 525-536.

McCormick , S.D. , Sundell, K., Björnsson, B.Th, Brown, C.L. and Hiroi, J. 2003. Influence of salinity on the localization of Na + ,K + -ATPase, Na + ,K + ,2Cl – cotransporter (NKCC) and CFTR anion channel in chloride cells of the Hawaiian goby ( Stenogobius hawaiiensis ). Journal of Experimental Biology 206: 4575-4583.

Zydlewski, J., McCormick , S.D. and Kunkel, J. 2003. Late migration and seawater entry is physiologically disadvantageous for American shad juveniles. Journal of Fish Biology 63, 1521-1537.

Handeland, S.O., Wilkinson, E., Sveinsbo, B., McCormick , S.D. and Stefansson, S.O. 2004. Temperature influence on the development and loss of seawater tolerance in two fast-growing strains of Atlantic salmon. Aquaculture 233: 513-529.

Zydlewdski, G.B., Haro, A.J., and McCormick , S.D. 2005. Evidence for cumulative temperature as an initiating and terminating factor in downstream migratory behavior of Atlantic salmon ( Salmo salar ) smolts. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 62: 68-78.

Marshall , W.S., Cozzi, R.R.F., Pelis, R.M. and McCormick , S.D. 2005. Cortisol receptor blockade and seawater adaptation in the euryhaline teleost Fundulus heteroclitus . Journal of Experimental Zoology 303A: 132-142.

Jackson , L.F., McCormick , S.D. , Madsen, S.S., Swanson, P. and Sullivan, C.V. 2005. Osmoregulatory effects of hyopphysectomy and homologous prolactin replacement in hybrid striped bass. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology , Part B 140: 211-218.

Iwanowicz, L.R., Lerner, D.T., Blazer, V.S. and McCormick , S.D. 2005. Aqueous exposure to Aroclor 1254 modulates the mitogenic response of Atlantic salmon anterior kidney T-cells: Indications of short- and long-term immunomodulation. Aquatic Toxicology 72: 305-314.

Reinecke, M., Björnsson, B.Th., Dickhoff, W.W., McCormick , S.D. , Navarro, I. , Power, D.M. and Guitierrez, J. 2005. Growth hormone and insulin-like growth factors in fish: Where are we and where to go. General and Comparative Endocrinology 142: 20-24.

McCormick , S.D. , O ‘ Dea, M.F., Moeckel, A.M., Lerner, D.T. and Björnsson, B.Th. 2005. Endocrine disruption of parr-smolt transformation and seawater tolerance of Atlantic salmon by 4-nonylphenol and 17 $ -estradiol. General and Comparative Endocrinology 142: 280-288.

Luo, Q., Matoshi, B., Ando, H., Kitahashi, T., Bhandari, R.K., McCormick , S.D. and Urano, A. 2005. Distinct effects of 4-nonylphenol and estrogen-17 $ on expression of estrogen receptor " gene in smolting sockeye salmon. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 140: 123-130.

Hiroi, J., McCormick , S.D. , Ohtani-Kaneko, R. And Kaneko, T. 2005. Functional classification of mitochondrion-rich cells in euryhaline Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) embryos, by means of triple immunoflourescence staining for Na + /K + -ATPase, Na + /K + /2Cl – contransporter and CFTR anion channel. Journal of Experimental Biology 208: 2023-2036.

Rees, C.B., McCormick , S.D. and Li, W. In press . A non-lethal method to estimate CYP1A expression in laboratory and wild Atlantic salmon ( Salmo salar ). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology .

Updated: February 14, 2008