Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Susanne Menden-Deuer

Susanne Menden-Deuer, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

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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. Focus is on planktonic organisms, biogeochemical cycles and the relationship of primary production to the physical and chemical environment. The course combines lectures, with laboratory exercises and 3 research cruises to Narragansett Bay.




Amanda Burke



Andreas Oikonomou


I am highly interested in researching the influence of protistan mortality processes on phytoplanktonic abundance and distribution, considering how predator-prey interactions and plankton behavior at the species level can enhance our understanding on the large ocean-scale ecosystem processes.

Gayantonia Franzè


The main focus of my research is to determine the temperature effects on the rates of heterotrophic protist population dynamics. These rate estimates are key measurements for global biogeochemical cycling models and studying how they are influenced by temperature is fundamental in a global warming prospective

Nigel D’souza


I am an aquatic microbial ecologist, and my work here at URI involves studying predator-prey dynamics in planktonic microbes. More specifically, I will be developing molecular markers to assess grazing and starvation in the ocean.

Graduate Students


Françoise Morison

Ph.D. Candidate

I investigate if there are patterns in the structure and trophodynamics of planktonic food webs associated with their physical environment and what such patterns imply for the oceanic carbon flux.