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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.  


March 2018: I am excited to report that Karina Brocco French (currently an ORISE Fellow at the EPA) will be joining the lab as a new PhD student in the fall! Welcome, Karina! I am also up to my eyeballs in manuscripts from lab members at the moment. Good problem to have, but please excuse me if I am slow to reply.

February 2018: Alyssa Frederick has gone to New Zealand to pursue the mysteries of Haliotis iris (paua) as part of her National Geographic Young Explorers grant. Samantha Leigh's paper on zebrafish digestion is officially out at J Comp Physiol B. See the publications page.

January 2018: Following her excellent talk at SICB, Science Magazine did a little report on Samantha Leigh's research on seagrass-eating bonnethead sharks. See it here.  Samantha also won the Best Oral Presentation for the Division of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry at SICB! We had six talks at SICB this year, so it was a successful conference.

December 2017: Congrats to Samantha Leigh on winning a second Sigma Xi GIAR!

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.

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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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