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.


  • Winter NES LTER cruise successful! - The Menden-Deuer team returned from another wonderful winter cruise on the R/V Endeavor, this time represented by Frankie, Nick, Pierre, and Rickie. The ship returned to port on Valentine’s Day, so celebrations were in order (see photo).
  • Congrats Pierre on transition to GSO research associate! - Congrats to Pierre for a transition from post-doc to marine research associate for URI GSO! After working hard for 5 years as a post doctoral scholar for our lab, Pierre has been chosen by the university to transition from post-doc to faculty member. We’re very grateful for everything Pierre has contributed to the lab, and […]
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