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Ryan W. Bavis, PhD
Helen A. Papaioanou Professor of Biological Sciences and Chair, Department of Biology
Bates College
PhD, Organismal Biology and Ecology, University of Montana (Missoula)
BA, Biology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Mailing Address:
Lewsiton , ME

Research Interests

Respiratory physiology and neurobiology

Professor Bavis studies respiratory physiology, with a particular emphasis on the neural control of breathing in mammals and birds. Recent research projects in his laboratory have focused on the interaction between environmental conditions during early life and development of the respiratory control system (i.e., developmental plasticity). The primary objectives of his research program are to identify the functional significance and underlying mechanisms of plasticity in the control of breathing.

He and his students use an integrative approach to study these problems, combining molecular, histological and electrophysiological techniques with studies in the intact animal (typically rats, mice, and quail, but also other vertebrate and invertebrate species). Ultimately, understanding the neural control of breathing has broad biomedical and evolutionary significance, and Professor Bavis strives to incorporate both perspectives into his research. Professor Bavis’s research interests are not limited to the control of breathing, however. Throughout his research career he has been interested in how variation in oxygen and carbon dioxide influence other physiological processes, such as thermoregulation and energy metabolism, and how these gases impact growth, development and behavior. Professor Bavis has also mentored student-originated thesis research projects in diverse areas of animal physiology and behavioral ecology.


Photo: Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College


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