Marion McClary

Marion McClary

Professor of Biology, Chair, Department of Biological Sciences

Contact Information


  • Biological Diversity
  • Molecules, Cells, and Genes
  • Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory
  • Oceanography
  • Animal Behavior
  • Biology Seminar
  • Human Ecology
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Neuroscience


  • Animal behavior
  • Animal physiology
  • Behavioral ecology
  • Physiological ecology
  • Invertebrates


  • BS, Richard Stockton State College of New Jersey 
  • PhD, Duke University

Academic Profile

Dr. Marion McClary is a Professor of Biology and is Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU).  Dr. McClary received his B.S. in Marine Science from Richard Stockton State College of New Jersey, now Stockton University, in 1990 and received his Ph.D. in Zoology from Duke University in 1997.  Dr. McClary serves on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Endangered and Nongame Species Advisory Committee, the NY/NJ Harbor & Estuary Program Science and Technical Advisory Committee, the Teaneck Martin Luther King Birthday Committee, the Urban Coast Institute Advisory Committee, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation Environmental Advisory Board, the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions Board of Trustees, and the Hackensack River Greenway Advisory Board.  He is also the representative of the Faculty Athletics Representatives (FARs) of the Northeast Conference (NEC) to the NEC SAAC and is a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Academics.  At FDU Dr. McClary is the NCAA Division I Faculty Athletics Representative and is the Coordinator of the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) which is a grant that is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the purpose of doubling the number of minorities who earn B.S. degrees in STEM.  Dr. McClary is a behavioral/physiological ecologist.  He is interested in how behavior and physiology influence ecology and how the environment influences behavior, physiology, and ecology.  In his past work he studied how chemoreception mediates gregarious settlement of barnacles.  His later work has focused on studies of Spartina alterniflora and Phragmites australis as habitat for ribbed mussels in the Hackensack Meadowlands.  His current work focuses on the nerve activity of roaches.

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