Christopher D. Marshall


Christopher D. Marshall
Associate Professor

Galveston Campus
Bld# 3029, Office 253

Email               Website
(409) 740-4884
(409) 740-5002 Fax

Marine Biology
Marine Biology Graduate Program (MARB IDP)

Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences



My research interests focus on the function and evolution of vertebrate feeding and digestive systems, the musculoskeletal system, and associated sensory and neuro-biology.

B.S., (Biology), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 1990
M.S., (Marine Biology), Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center, Dania, FL,  1992
Ph.D., (Functional Morphology), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1997

Courses Taught
Natural History of Vertebrates (MARB 315)  
Introductory Biology (MARB 113)

Recent Publications
MARSHALL, C.D. 2009. Feeding Functional Morphology. In: Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. W.F. Perrin, B. Wursig, and H.G.M. Thewissen, eds. Elsevier
Case, J.E, Westneat, M.W., and C.D. MARSHALL. 2008. Feeding Biomechanics of Juvenile Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) From the Northwestern Gulf Of Mexico. Journal of Experimental Biology 211:3826-3835..
MARSHALL, C.D., Kovacs, K., and C. Lydersen. 2008. Feeding Kinematics, Suction, and Hydraulic Jetting Capabilities in Bearded Seals (Erignathus barbatus). Journal of Experimental Biology 211: 699-708  
MARSHALL, C.D., Vaughn S.D., Sarko, D., and R.L. Reep. 2007. Topographical organization of the facial motor nucleus in Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris). Brain Behavior and Evolution 70:164-173.  
Bloodworth, B. and C.D. MARSHALL. 2007. A functional comparison of the hyolingual complex in pygmy and dwarf sperm whales (Kogia breviceps & K. sima), and bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Journal of Anatomy 211:78-91.