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.


  • Our lab hosts yet another president – Frankie! - Congratulations to Frankie, who just accepted the presidential nomination for URI GSO’s student organization, Chowder & Marching! Frankie will reign next year, when she will act as the leader for the organization in charge of helping usher in new students, organizing social events, and building community. It is wonderful to celebrate another presidency in our […]
  • NES LTER Spring Cruise! - Rickie, Frankie, and Alex have returned from yet another successful research cruise along the NES LTER transect! Although our lab has attended many summer and winter cruises, this was only the second spring cruise we attended, and what a trip! The cruise took place during an unusual bloom of phytoplankton, for which the whole science […]
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