Wendy McFarlane



Brownson Hall, 242

Wendy was raised and educated in Canada, achieving a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and a PhD in Fish Physiology.  In addition to her undergraduate course offerings, she mentors undergraduate students doing research on organisms from jellyfish to spiders to sea turtles. The bulk of her most recent research is focused on endangered sea turtles.  Wendy initially became interested in these species during a trip to help teach in a field school in the Caribbean island of Barbuda with Manhattanville colleague, Nancy Todd. Together, they developed a field course offered by Manhattanville and a research program on the island’s biodiversity, including its turtles.  Her background in animal physiology and marine biology was a perfect fit to begin working with the New York Marine Rescue Center in Riverhead, NY on the physiology and rehab of cold-stunned sea turtles.  She has been volunteering as a visiting scientist with the rescue center since 2017 and feels fortunate to have been involved in the ongoing satellite tagging of rehabilitated turtles that had stranded on New York beaches. 

Chair of the Academic Technology Committee, and College Pre-Health Advisor
Manhattanville University


Visiting Researcher
New York Marine Rescue Center

Marine Biology, BS, University of Guelph
Fish Physiology, PhD, McMaster University
University of Waterloo and University of British Columbia, Fish Eco-telemetry, Postdoctoral Fellowship

Historical Trends in New York State Cold-Stun Sea Turtle Stranding-to-Release: 1998-2019
Chelonian Conservation Biology, 2022


Observing web damage response variability in Zygiella x-notata
BIOS 91(2), 118-124, 2020


A Caribbean Eden recovers from Hurricane Irma
The State of the World’s Sea Turtles, 14: 44-45, 2019


Development of an intelligent reasoning system to distinguish hunger states in Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 62(1): 29-34, 2008


Creatine supplementation affects sprint endurance in juvenile rainbow trout
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, 130(4): 857-866, 2001


Short-Term Effects of 3,5,3’- Triiodothyronine on the Intermediary Metabolism of the Dogfish Shark Squalus acanthias: Evidence from Enzyme Activities
Journal of Experimental Zoology, 274: 157-162, 1996