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.

Teaching

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).

smenden@uri.edu

Artist

Technician

Post-Docs

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.

fmorison@uri.edu

Gayantonia Franzè

Post-Doc

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

franze@uri.edu

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

Mary Kane

Masters Graduate

Mary successfully defended her Master’s thesis in April 2015 and has returned to complete her Ph.D. Mary studies the movements and spatial distributions of Antarctic krill in situ – even in winter – to decipher krills’ role in the Southern Ocean food web.

 

Undergraduate Students

Sara Shapiro

Sara is currently working towards a masters degree in oceanography. She has joined the lab for some hands-on experience helping out with a number of current projects. Beyond being a great help in the lab Sara has shared her talent as a fantastic scientific illustrator.