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Meet the Microzooplankton Lab!


George McManus, Professor


A.B., Cornell, 1973
M.S., Stony Brook University, 1981
Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 1986

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Interactions between Planktonic Populations and Physical Processes, Trophic Role of Protozoa and other Microzooplankton, Biogeography of microbial eukaryotes .

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Luciana Santoferrara, Postdoctoral Scholar

Luciana Santoferrara

B.S., Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2002 (Biochemistry)

Ph.D., Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2008 (Biological Sciences)

Ecology of tintinnid ciliates.

Luciana is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence at the UCONN Stamford campus. She helps us toclassify tintinnid species from Long Island Sound according to traditional lorica morphology and also modern DNA-based methods.

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Rachel Cole, Research Assistant

Rachel, a four-year member of the lab, just graduated with her BS in Marine Sciences and is working through the summer as a Research Assistant in the lab. She works on a number of projects, including the DEEP microzooplankton monitoring, and takes care of our phytoplankton and ciliate cultures.

Sue Smith, Graduate Student

Sue graduated from UCONN with a BS in Marine Sciences. She is currently working towards a PhD in Oceanography.

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Weiwei Liu, Visiting Scholar

Dr. Liu worked in the Microzooplankton Lab for one year. He has now returned to his home institution, the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology. We hope to continue collaboration with him on transcriptomics studies of Strombidium rassoulzadegani.


Gretchen Johnson, UCONN/Mystic Aquarium REU program

Jordan is a junior majoring in Marine Sciences at UCONN. She is taking over from Rachel the maintenance of our phytoplankton and ciliate cultures and helping with general lab duties.