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.


  • Cynthia showcases the history of her art - Cynthia showcased the evolution of her art at a local Synagogue, exhibiting everything from original pieces that began her career to the start of the digital age all the way to works not yet finished. It was incredible to hear her talk about how her ideas and inspiration changed as she traveled the world and […]
  • 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 […]
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