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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, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Rachel is a senior majoring in Marine Sciences. She works on a number of projects, including the DEEP microzooplankton monitoring, and takes care of our phytoplankton 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 his transcriptomics studies of Strombidium rassoulzadegani.


Jennifer Mydosh, UCONN/Mystic Aquarium REU program

Jennifer is a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire. She was at UCONN for the summer 2017 Research Experiences for Undergarduate program. The program is joint with Mystic Aquarium and funded by NSF. Jennifer studied the "costs" of mixotrophy by measuring light and dark growth and also the fraction of ciliate biovolume occupied by chloroplasts.