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Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
5309 McGaugh Hall (Lab)
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697

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Center for Organismal Biology 

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Spanning from the molecular to the whole-organism level, research in my laboratory is focused on the energy acquisition strategies of organisms.  In short, I am interested in how organisms make a living and the consequences of different energy acquisition strategies for ecosystem fluxes.  I largely work in the marine environment, but my students also work in terrestrial systems.  


November 2017: I am the DECADE (Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience) mentor for the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the Ayala School of Biological Sciences. I am happy to announce that we will have our first Ayala School meeting/social this Thursday (16 Nov)!  Come if you can.  Flier here. Come if you can! Congrats to Samantha Leigh on winning a UCI Public Impact Distinguished Fellowship! This is a big deal that provides some nice funding for Sam as she heads down the home stretch of her dissertation work. Congrats to Alyssa Frederick on being selected for the SICB Student Journalism Program! She will be writing about interesting work at the SICB meeting in San Francisco in January! 

October 2017: Congrats to Alyssa Frederick on advancing to candidacy! My grad students make me so proud, and three of them are now candidates. We have a great lab.

September 2017: Our new paper on the phenotypic flexibility of the zebrafish digestive system is now online at Journal of Comparative Physiology B.  See the publications page. Congrats to Alyssa Frederick on winning the "2nd best student presentation" at the European Congress of Malacological Societies meeting in Krakow, Poland.

July-August 2017: Congrats to Samantha Leigh on winning the Samuel H. Gruber Presentation Award (American Elasmobranch Society) at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists!  She also won a Newkirk Graduate Student Fellowship Award from the Newkirk Center for Science and Society here at UCI!  We also had a great showing at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Portland, OR in August.  We continue to share our work on nutritional physiology with others, building new collaborations.

June 2017: Big news! Samantha Leigh advanced to candidacy on 6 June.  Congratulations! Two students have advanced now (Beck Wehrle is the other).  Alyssa Frederick won a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant!  Congrats to Alyssa!  That is also the second time a student won that award in the lab (Samantha Leigh did in 2016).  We continue onward and upward (oh, and I got tenure).

May 2017: We have a lot of undergrads in the lab.  It, thus, means a lot for me to win the UCI Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research!  I am very happy about it.   We have six presentations at the UROP symposium on 20 May.  Check it out!  Our paper on shark nutritional physiology is out in Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries.  See the Publications page.  Congrats to Michelle Herrera on winning a Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research!!

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We are always recruiting graduate students. Please contact Dr. German if you are interested in pursuing your PhD in Nutritional Ecology and/or Marine Biology at UCI.

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