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.


  • Happy Halloween! - A break from science was warranted for the recent spooky holiday. Susanne hosted the lab to celebrate the holiday and Andria’s birthday, and Susanne’s kids (at the front of the picture) hosted a pumpkin carving contest. Every participant won a category, got a slice of birthday cake, and kept warm by the bonfire.
  • Amanda attends National SWE conference - Amanda recently attended the National Society of Women in Engineering (SWE) conference in Texas as a representative of the URI SWE chapter. This conference supports women in all engineering majors by providing education in engineering and life lessons such as managing finance, discrimination, and more. Amanda reports having had a wonderful time and being incredibly […]
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