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 investigates, 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 fluctuations 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.
- 2022 – Baumann, H., Pacileo, D., Benway, J., and McBride, R.S. Increasing Black Sea Bass abundance in Long Island Sound: a local or broader regional phenomenon? Connecticut Sea Grant College Program R/LR-30 ($149,173 2 years).
- 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).
Lucas Jones MSc (Research associate)
Lucas Jones started in summer 2019 as a master student in the Baumann lab after getting his bachelors degree from the University of Connecticut. Before, Lucas volunteered in our lab 2017 and because of his dedication and experimental talent quickly became an indispensable asset to our scientific operations. He continued 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. Lucas graduated with his Masters in December 2021, presenting his thesis research titled:
"Using low-coverage, whole genome sequencing to study Northern sand lance (Ammodytes dubius) population connectivity in the Northwest Atlantic" (publicly available from the Connecticut Archives)
Lucas is currently working on publishing his Master thesis research and plans to continue as a PhD student in our lab in fall 2022.
[Northern sand lance, population dynamics, connectivity, climate change]
Kelli Mosca (MS student)
Kelli Mosca started in January 2020 as a 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.
[Atlantic sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrynchus, age, growth, migration]
Max Zavell (PhD student)
Max Zavell started on his journey as a PhD student in our lab in fall 2020, after graduating in May 2020 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 Atlantic silversides (Menidia menidia), his work is breaking new ground for our lab by starting to work with Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata). Growth, physiology, and sex determination of this northernmost grouper species are of great interest, given its recent, explosive increase in abundance in Long Island Sound and the larger northwest Atlantic shelf.
[Atlantic Silverside, Black Sea Bass, metabolism, sex determination, age, growth, migration, climate sensitivity]
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!
[Black Sea Bass Centropristis striata, otoliths, age, growth, migration]
Undergraduate volunteers, summer students
Volunteering and working as an undergraduate in our lab is a great way to explore and develop your fascination with Fish Biology, Ecology, and Evolution, while gathering practical and analytical skills. And if it's not 'your cup of tea' - no hard feelings.