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.


  • Congrats Andria! - Andria Miller, M.S., pictured front and center, was celebrated in the 2024 Annual Shirting Ceremony, a GSO tradition for honoring graduates. While Andria defended her thesis in Summer of 2023, the lab was excited to celebrate her achievements at the official ceremony. Congratulations Andria!
  • Welcome Summer Students! - We extend a warm welcome to the undergraduate students our lab will host during the summer, pictured here. Alex (left) is a student and lab member throughout the school year at URI and is joining us to continue her work on bacteria. Didi (right) is a student at Aurora University in Illinois, joining us to […]
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