Welcome to the Menden-Deuer Lab

We are plankton ecologists who conduct hypothesis driven experiments in the laboratory, at sea and in silico to decipher patterns and processes that drive plankton abundance and distribution. Plankton make planet Earth habitable and are central conduits of globally relevant processes, including the carbon cycle. Our goal is to understand what makes plankton tick to predict their role in marine ecosystems now and in the future. If images seem particularly beautiful on these pages, they are most likely created by Cynthia Beth Rubin.


  • Welcome Frankie, our newest PhD student! - A warm welcome to Frankie, who came from UCLA to join the Menden-Deuer lab for her PhD. Frankie joins us with and excitement to learn and is starting the term off strong with a full course load and prep for the upcoming NES LTER cruise in October – certainly hitting the ground running!
  • Rickie tests GSO beach water for quality - As part of the water quality measurements that are taken bi-weekly across Rhode Island, Rickie volunteered to take bacteria samples for the 3rd year in a row. Some bacteria levels were above suggested shell fishing and swimming guidelines, likely because of recent rains. This long-term sampling effort is funded by the community and supported by […]
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