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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.  


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.

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!!

April 2017: We are happy to announce that Michelle Herrera will join the lab as a PhD student starting in fall 2017!  Michelle will continue her excellent work on prickleback transcriptomics and digestive biochemistry. 

March 2017: 
Congratulations to Samantha Leigh for winning a UCI Oceans Grant, and a fellowship to travel to FHL this summer to continue her exciting work on spiral intestines!  Congrats to Michelle Herrera for receiving an honorable mention on her NSF GRFP application!

These are the recent news stories.  Check out the "People" page for links to each person's personal page, which will have more individual news.

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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Ecological and nutritional physiology