Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Susanne Menden-Deuer

Professor of Oceanography

My research focuses on understanding the ecosystem consequences of cell-cell interactions in marine, plantonic communities and food webs. I am co- or principal investigator of multiple research projects and co-author most publications with my students and post-doctoral fellows.


Biological Oceanography OCG 561

This core course in Biological Oceanography provides an introduction to Ocean Ecology and how it pertains to the study of Oceanography. The course combines lectures, with laboratory exercises and 3 research cruises to Narragansett Bay.

Moreover, I teach a seminar in ‘Data Analysis and Visualization in Marine Science’, co-taught with Prof. Jenkins (CELS, URI) and alternating Prof. Rynearson (GSO, URI).



Françoise Morison

Francoise is investigating the relationship between water column stratification, light and predator induced mortality rates and how these factors interact to affect the development of phytoplankton blooms and their dominant species.

Mary Kane

Mary successfully defended her Master’s thesis in April 2015 and returned to complete her Ph.D, she graduated in May 2019. Mary’s dissertation addressed the movements and spatial distributions of Antarctic krill in situ – even in winter – to decipher the role of krill in the Southern Ocean food web. Mary is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory being co-advised by Dr. Angus Atkinson and Dr. Susanne Menden-Deuer.


Pierre Marrec

Pierre’s main focus in the lab will be investigating a multitude of variables that influence plankton community structure across the Northeast continental shelf as part of the NES LTER

Graduate Students

Jacob Strock

Jacob joined the lab in August 2017, as a PhD student. Jacob served as the Plankton Assistant during his first year (2017/2018).

Mikayla Cote

Mikayla Cote joins the lab Fall 2019 as a masters student. She has a background in drinking water treatment.

Victoria Fulfer

Victoria joins the lab Fall 2019 as a PhD student. She has a background in deep sea microbial ecology that she’ll be bringing into the euphotic zone.

Undergraduate Students

Jason Schaedler

Jason Schaedler joins the lab as an undergraduate. He’s a 2nd year Ocean Engineering major. Currently assisting with plankton culturing and growth experiments.