Meet the Microzooplankton Lab!

George McManus, Professor


  • A.B., Cornell, 1973
  • M.S., Stony Brook University, 1981
  • Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 1986 Click here for a CV.
  • Professor McManus’ research interests include: Interactions between Planktonic Populations and Physical Processes, Trophic Roles of Protozoa and other Microzooplankton, & Biogeography of microbial eukaryotes.
  • Professor McManus has been at UCONN Marine Sciences since 1995, with prior appointments at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies, the University of Maryland, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
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Luciana Santoferrara, Assistant Professor-in-Residence

  • 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 to classify tintinnid species from Long Island Sound according to traditional lorica morphology and also modern DNA-based methods. She is the main person in the lab involved with bioinformatics. Here is a link to her faculty web page
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Rachel Cole, Research Assistant Emerita

  • B.S. University of Connecticut, 2018 (Marine Sciences)
  • Rachel, a four-year member of the lab, graduated with her BS in Marine Sciences in Spring 2018. She worked on a number of projects, including the DEEP microzooplankton monitoring, and took care of our phytoplankton and ciliate cultures. As of Fall 2018, she has had emerita status in the lab and consults with us frequently on various matters.

Sue Smith, Graduate Student

  • Sue graduated from UCONN with a BS in Marine Sciences and recently earned her MS.
  • She is currently working towards a PhD in Oceanography.  Her research involves finding sequences in the ciliate germline nucleus that definitively separate reproductively-isolated species.
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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.

Diwen Liang, Visiting Scholar

  • Diwen is visiting from Jinan University in China. 
  • He will be working in the microzooplankton lab for one year, studying the diversity of rotifer populations in the genus Polyarthra.

Kevin Murphy, Undergraduate Research Assistant

  • Kevin is majoring in Marine Sciences at UCONN.
  • He is taking over from Rachel the maintenance of our phytoplankton and ciliate cultures and helping with general lab duties.