Hannes Baumann (PI)

Hannes Baumann (PI)

Hannes Baumann started the ‘Evolutionary Fish Ecology’ Lab in September 2014 to expand ecological and evolutionary frontiers via experimental, field, and modeling work. His work focuses on the central question, how coastal marine organisms will cope with the simultaneous changes in their environment caused by global and regional human activity, and how they are already adapted to environmental variability in e.g. temperature, oxygen, or pH.

Local field work includes maintaining deployed sensors, frequent collections with plankton nets and beach seines, in addition to laboratory rearing of fish, physiological measurements, and otolith microstructure analysis – all of which can incorporate the help of interested and ambitious undergraduate students searching for hands-on experience and own projects.

Current grants:

  • 2016 – Baumann, H., Wiley, D. Kaufman, L., Valentine, P., and Gallager, S. Sensitivity of larval and juvenile sand lance Ammodytes dubius on Stellwagen Bank to predicted ocean warming, acidification, and deoxygenation. Northeast Regional SeaGrant Consortium ($198,393 2 years)
  • 2016 – Dam, H., Baumann, H., Finiguerra, M., and Pespeni, M. Collaborative Research: Transgenerational phenotypic and genomic responses of marine copepods to the interactive effects of temperature and CO2. NSF-OCE #1550180 ($609,684 3 years)
  • 2016 – Baumann, H. and Nye, J. Collaborative research: Understanding the effects of acidification and hypoxia within and across generations in a coastal marine fish. NSF Project# 1536336 ($829,035 3 years)
  • Dam, H., Finiguerra, M., and Baumann, H. – 2016. Predicting the performance of the copepod Acartia tonsa under future conditions of temperature and CO2. Connecticut Sea Grant College Program ($149,969 2 years).
  • Baumann, H. and Rader, L – 2016. Lifting a treasure: Full digitization of Project Oceanology’s 40+ years of coastal research data in Long Island Sound. Connecticut Sea Grant Project# PD-15-14 ($5,000).

Publications | Courses | Marine Science Department | Google Scholar | CV | Collaborators & Co-authors | Publons Reviewer Profile

Chris Murray (PhD student)

Chris Murray (PhD student)
Chris Murray (PhD student)

Christopher Murray started his PhD at UConn/Avery Point in September 2014, after finishing his MS in May 2014 at Stony Brook University, NY. While building on his experience in ocean acidification research, for his PhD he is now interested in studying multi-stressor effects of OA and hypoxia on coastal marine fishes. He has been instrumental in designing and building a state-of-the-art experimental unit that allows rearing of fish early life stages under static and fluctuating conditions of factorial CO2, O2, and temperature combinations.

[ocean acidification, hypoxia, Atlantic silverside, sand lance, transgenerational effects, climate change] | Chris’ website

Jacob Snyder (MS student)


Jacob Snyder started as a M.S. graduate student at UConn/Avery Point in September 2015. Before coming to our lab, Jake did his Bachelor degree at the University of Maine and worked for over two years as an instructor at Project Oceanology, all of which made him enthusiastic and determined to pursue a degree in marine science. Apart from working experimentally, one of his projects will involve digitizing and analysing the long-term dataset of Project Oceanology.

[ocean acidification, hypoxia, Atlantic silverside, climate change, long-term data set, Long Island Sound] | Jake’s website

Julie Pringle (MS student)


Julie Pringle  is the newest member of our lab, having started her MS in September 2016. Prior to coming to Avery Point, Julie graduated Tufts University in 2014 and was a technician in a larval fish ecology lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. At WHOI, she studied the trophodynamics of small pelagic fishes in the Western Atlantic. She will continue to work with forage fishes as a graduate student, investigating the growth and selective survival in Atlantic silversides (Menidia menidia) collected in Mumford Cove.

[Atlantic silverside, climate change, Mumford Cove, otolith microstructure analysis, growth, selective survival]

Undergraduate volunteers, summer students

Rainer-Moy-Huwyler (fall 2015 – spring 2017)
Rafeed Hussain
Rafeed Hussain (summer, fall 2016)
James Harrington (fall 2016 – spring 2017)
Tyler Clouthier (fall 2016 – spring 2017)
Elizabeth Karamavros
Elizabeth Karamavros (summer 2015 – summer 2016)
Brittany Besaw
Brittany Besaw (summer 2016)
Wesley Huffman
Wes Huffman (summer 2015 – summer 2016)
Megan Barry
Megan Barry (fall 2015 – summer 2016)
Molly Hughes
Molly Hughes (summer 2015, read her blog)