Leah Devlin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology, Biology
Office Phone: 215-881-7355
Office Location: Rydal, 205

Bottom Fields

Bio

Educational Background

Ph.D.   Biological Sciences, the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
M.Sc    Biological Sciences, the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
B.A.     Biology, English Literature, Environmental Science, American University, Washington, DC

Administration

Acting Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs,  2008 – 2011

Division Head of Science and Engineering, 2007 – 2012

Coordinator of the Undergraduate Research Program, 2008-2013

Biology Department Coordinator, 1998-2005

Research Interests

History of marine biology; neuroscience of synapses; marine invertebrate physiology

History of Science

Devlin, C. L.  2015.  The influence of whaler William Scoresby, Jr. on the Arctic observations of Sir James Lamont.  Arctic.  68(3): 317 – 330 http://dx.doi.org/10.14430/arctic4510

Devlin. C. L.  2015.  Early observations of natural selection in Arctic animals by Sir James Lamont.  Nimrod, Journal of the Ernest Shackleton Autumn School.  In press.

C. Leah Devlin.  2014.  "The letters between James Lamont and Charles Darwin on Arctic fauna."  Polar Record, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0032247414000485

C.L. Devlin and P.J. Capelotti.  1996.  “Proximity to Seacoast:  G.W. Field and the Marine Laboratory at Point Judith Pond, Rhode Island, 1896-1900.” History of Biology 29 (2): 251-265.

Neuroscience

Devlin, C. L., Amole, W., Anderson, S., Shea, K.  2003.  Muscarinic acetylcholine receptor compounds alter net Ca2+ flux and contractility of an invertebrate smooth muscle. Invertebrate Neuroscience.  5:  9-17.

Devlin, C. L. and Schlosser, W. 2001.  A Review: The pharmacology of GABA and ACh receptors at the echinoderm neuromuscular junction.  In The Physiology of Echinoderms and Decapod Crustaceans, a special volume of the Journal of Experimental Biology.  204(5): 887-896.

Devlin, C. L. 2001.  5-hydroxytryptamine stimulates Ca2+ flux in the ventricular muscle of a mollusc (Busycon canaliculatum) during cardioexcitation. Biological Bulletin.  200: 344-350.

Devlin, C. L., Schlosser, W., Belz, D., Kodiak, K., Nash, R. and Zitomer, N.  2000. Pharmacological identification of acetylcholine receptor subtypes in echinoderm smooth muscle (sp.  Sclerodactyla briareus). Comp. Biochem. Physiol. C.  125:  53-64.

Devlin, C. L. and Schlosser, W.  1999. GABA modulation of acetylcholine-induced contractions of a smooth muscle from an echinoderm (sp. Sclerodactyla briareus). Invertebrate Neuroscience.  4: 1-8.

Devlin, C. L.  1997.  A vibrating Ca2+-selective electrode measures Ca2+ flux induced by the neuropeptide FMRFamide in a gastropod ventricle.  Comp. Biochem. Physiol.    116A:  93 -100.

Devlin, C. L. and Smith, P. J. S.  1996.  A non-invasive vibrating calcium-selective electrode measures acetylcholine-induced calcium flux across the sarcolemma of a smooth muscle.  J.  Comparative  Physiology B   166: 270-277.

Devlin, C. L. and Smith, P. J. S. 1995.  Acetylcholine-induced Ca2+ flux across the sarcolemma of an echinoderm smooth muscle.  Biological Bulletin.   16: 37.

Devlin, C. L.  1993.  Acetylcholine-induced contractions in a holothurian smooth muscle are blocked by vertebrate calcium antagonists, diltiazem and verapamil.  Comp. Biochem. Physiol.   160C: 573-577.

Devlin, C. L.  1993.  An analysis of control of the ventricle of a mollusk   I.  The ionic basis of autorhythmicity.  J. Exp. Biol.  179:  47-61.

Devlin, C. L.  1993.  An analysis of control of the ventricle of a mollusc.    II.  The ionic mechanisms involved in excitation by 5-hydroxytryptamine. J. Exp. Biol. 179: 63-75.   

Devlin, C. L.  1992.  Electrophysiological and pharmacological properties of the ventricle of the mollusc, Mercenaria mercenaria.   In Phylogenetic Models in Functional Coupling of the CNS and the Cardiovascular System.  (R. B. Hill, ed.),  S. Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers, Basel, Switzerland.  pp. 166-181.

Hill, R. B., Huddart, H. and Devlin, C. L.  1992.  Activation of a molluscan heart.  In Phylogenetic Models in Functional Coupling of the CNS and the Cardiovascular System.   (R. B. Hill, ed.),  S. Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers, Basel, Switzerland.  pp. 149-165. 

Hill. R. B., Devlin, C. L., Langton, P. D. and Smith, P. J. S.  1987.   The electrical membrane responses which accompany mechanical responses of molluscan buccal and cardiac muscle to FMRFamide:  comparison to serotonin and acetylcholine.  In Neurobiology:  Molluscan Models. (H. H. Boer, W. P. M. Geraerts and J. Josse, eds.)   North-Holland Publishing Co., Amsterdam, pp. 105 - 109.

Teaching Interests and Courses Taught

Neurobiology, General Endocrinology, Advanced Mammalian Physiology, Introductory Human Physiology, Mammalian Anatomy, the Development and Physiology of Organisms

Selected awards, grants, patents, other honors

Penn State Abington Outstanding Teaching Award 1997
Penn State Abington Scholar Award 2000