Affiliate - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor of Biology, Hopkins Marine Station
Humanities and Sciences
Hopkins Marine Station
William Gilly was trained in molecular physiology and biophysics and has contributed to our basic understanding of electrical excitability in nerve and muscle cells, but his recent work primarily addresses biological and environmental topics. Current research concentrates on the physiological ecology of Dosidicus gigas, the jumbo or Humboldt squid, in the Gulf of California and focuses on short-term vertical movements and long-distance migrations, the physiology of hypoxia tolerance, and control of chromatophores, the color-changing organs in the skin. Additional research by his group involves the biology of toxin diversity in venomous cone snails (genus Conus).
News & Press Releases
William Gilly comments on octopus genes and a recent published study claiming alien origins of the animal.
By Sara Chodosh,
Woods affiliate William Gilly discusses a massive northward expansion of the northern Pacific Ocean’s most ravenous visitor, the Humboldt squid.
By Craig Welch,
Describes findings of study co-authored by Woods-affiliated professor of biology William Gilly that involved mounting cameras on giant Humboldt squids to observe their communication behaviors
By Jane J. Lee,