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.


  • President Andria cuts ribbon for GSO wellness center - On Valentine’s Day Andria – as president of the GSO student community group – aided in cutting the ribbon to formally open GSO’s new Health and Wellness Center on campus. Complete with a designated prayer and mediation space, huge TV, and student work and meeting places (all in different rooms), this newly renovated space is […]
  • Congrats Andria for ASLO award! - Congratulations to Andria for being accepted to participate in the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Multicultural Program of 2023!  The program will take place in Palma, Mallorca, Spain from June 3 – 9 during the ASLO Aquatic Science Meeting. While there, she will participate in a variety of networking, community building, and other events […]
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