José Guzmán

  • Assistant Teaching Professor

Research areas

My goal as an instructor is to help students develop critical thinking skills by making connections between concepts and drawing their own conclusions, rather than regurgitating facts. My teaching is evidence-based and culturally responsive, and I develop specific pedagogical strategies to promote flexibility, accessibility, cultural diversity, and higher-order thinking in my courses.

As a researcher, I am currently evaluating pedagogical interventions that contribute to the academic achievement of off-campus and working college students, who constitute a large proportion of the student body at UW. I am also interested in the mechanisms that regulate the onset and progression of sexual development in fishes, and how this knowledge can be used by the fishing and aquaculture industries to produce sustainable seafood.


  • Marine Biology 250
  • Aquatic Ecophysiology 270
  • Marine Evolutionary Biology 370


  • Fish Reproduction
  • Fish Physiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Aquaculture
  • Evidence-Based Teaching
  • Active Learning

Selected publications

  • Guzmán, J.M., Luckenbach, J.A., Hayman, E, H., da Silva, D.A.M., Ylitalo, G., Goetz, F.W., Swanson, P. 2018. Temporal profiles of pituitary gonadotropin subunit, sex steroid receptor and brain-type aromatase mRNAs, and plasma sex steroids during gametogenesis in wild sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A 259, 48-57.

  • Guzmán, J.M., Luckenbach, J.A., Middleton, M.A., Massee, K.C., Jensen, C., Goetz, F.W., Jasonowicz, A., Swanson, P. 2017. Reproductive life history of sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) from the US Washington coast. PLoS ONE 12(9): e0184413.

  • Guzmán J.M., Luckenbach, J.A., da Silva, D.A.M., Ylitalo, G.M., Swanson, P., 2015. Development of approaches to induce puberty in cultured female sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria). General and Comparative Endocrinology. 221, 101-113.

  • Guzmán, J.M., Luckenbach, J.A., Yamamoto, Y., Swanson, P., 2014. Expression profiles of Fsh-regulated genes during oogenesis in salmon. PLoS ONE 9(12): e114176.

  • Guzmán, J.M., Luckenbach, J.A., Swanson, P., 2013. Molecular characterization and quantification of sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) gonadotropins and their receptors: reproductive dysfunctions in female captive broodstocks. General and Comparative Endocrinology 139, 37-47.