» Dr. William G. Wright
Associate Professor

Schmid College of Science and Technology
Biological Sciences, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Dr. William G. Wright
Office Location:
Hashinger Science Center 18
(714) 997-6954
University of California, Santa Cruz, Bachelor of Arts
University of California, San Diego, Ph.D.
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Bill Wright is an organismal biologist who studies the behavior of marine invertebrates at neurobiological, ecological, and evolutionary levels.  He incorporates training from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Friday Harbor Laboratories (University of Washington), and Yale University into his cross-disciplinary analyses of natural behavior.  His current research examines questions about the chemical, and behavioral defenses of sea hares, ecology of spiny lobsters, territorial ecology of intertidal limpets, and non-lethal effects of global warming.


  • BIOL 204 From Molecules to Cells: Evolution of Life on Earth
  • BIOL 205 Evolution & Diversityof Multicellular Organisms
  • BIOL 250 Biostatistics
  • BIOL 329 Advances in Neuroethology: The Cellular and Molecular Basis of Behavior and Behavioral Plasticity
  • BIOL 384 Directed Research
  • BIOL 440 Marine Biology


  • Evolution of mechanisms of learning in marine mollusks
  • Intertidal Ecology


National Science Foundation (2001-2005 and 2007-2010)

  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Society for Integrated and Comparative Biology
  • Western Society of Naturalists
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
K. K. Takagi, N., N. Ono, W. G. Wright. Interspecific variation in palatability suggests cospecialization of antipredator defenses in a sea hares. Mar. Ecol. Progr. Ser. 416:137-144.
A. J. Watkins, D. A. Goldstein, L. C. Lee, C. J. Pepino, S. L. Tillett, F. E. Ross, E. L. Wilder, V. A. Zachary, W. G. Wright. Lobster attack induces sensitization in the sea hare, Aplysia californica. J. Neurosci. 30: 11028 –11031.
The Watkins et al., 2010 publication was described under "Research Highlights" in Nature (v467), Sept 2010, "Lobster Shock".