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.
2020 – Baumann, H., Savoy, T., Benway, J., and Pacileo, D. A re-emergent spawning population of Atlantic Sturgeon in the Connecticut River? Combined age analyses and telemetry data will provide new insights. Connecticut Sea Grant College Program ($149,690 2 years). Project page
2018 – Therkildsen, N. and Baumann, H. Collaborative research: The genomic underpinnings of local adaptation despite gene flow along a coastal environmental cline. NSF-OCE #1756316 ($325,388 3 years) Project page
2018 – Wiley, D., Kaufman, L., Baumann, H. and Llopiz, J. Productivity and ecology of sand habitats. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), interagency agreement with DOC/NOAA/OAR ($1,050,000 3 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) Project page
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) Project page
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) Project page
2016 – Dam, H., Finiguerra, M., and Baumann, H. Predicting the performance of the copepod Acartia tonsa under future conditions of temperature and CO2. Connecticut Sea Grant College Program ($149,969 2 years).
2016 – Baumann, H. and Rader, L. 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).
Callie Concannon started in fall 2018 as a master student in the Baumann lab after getting an excellent bachelors degree from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. She has chosen an important but tricky question for her thesis research, i.e., whether high CO2 environments result in measurable changes in the reproductive output (fecundity) of fishes. In summer of 2018, she took over a long-term rearing experiment on Atlantic silversides, which together with earlier data she is now synthesizing for her Masters thesis.
Lucas Jones started in summer 2019 as a master student in the Baumann lab after getting his bachelors degree from the University of Connecticut. Lucas started out as a volunteer in our lab 2017 and because of his dedication and experimental talent quickly became an indispensable asset to our scientific operations. He now continues to leverage his familiarity with our rearing system to further investigate the climate sensitivity and population characteristics of Northern sand lance (Ammodytes dubius), an important winter-spawning forage fish in the Gulf of Maine.
Kelli Mosca started in January 2020 as the latest graduate student in the Fish Ecology Lab. Kelli received her Bachelors degree in spring 2017 from the University of New Haven. She became a dedicated seasonal worker at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP), where she assisted particularly with the sturgeon monitoring program. This has made her the best possible graduate candidate to work on our newly received CT SeaGrant project to look at age and telemetry data of Atlantic Sturgeon in Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River. Welcome, Kelli!
Max Zavell just started on his journey as a PhD student in fall 2020, after graduating the same May with his Bachelor from the University of Rhode Island. Max is interested to work experimentally and continue exploring questions of coastal fish and climate change. In addition to continue working with Atlantic Silverside (Menidia menidia), his work will break new ground for our lab by starting with a new species for in our lab: Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata). Growth and physiology of this northernmost grouper species is of interest, given its recent, explosive increase in abundance in Long Island Sound.
[Atlantic Silverside, Black Sea Bass, metabolism, sex determination, age, growth, migration, climate sensitivity] firstname.lastname@example.org
David Riser (MS student)
David Riser started his Masters in September 2020 after graduating with his Bachelor from the University of Connecticut and a Major in Marine Sciences. David already looks back on a successful career in the US Coast Guard, but now ventures to develop academic chops and expertise. In close collaboration with CTDEEP, he will analyze time series of Black Sea Bass catches in Long Island Sound and begin collecting and aging adult Black Sea Bass using otoliths. Welcome, David!