Leanne Elder, Ph.D
Mailing address: PO Box 208109, New Haven CT 06520-8109
Street address: 21 Sachem st, New Haven CT 06511
My training is in comparative physiology. My research integrates ecology, biological and paleo oceanography to understand responses to global change. I am currently focused on individual and community variation in morphology and how this relates to ecological and evolutionary dynamics. I am also interested in advancing our understanding of the physiology of pelagic foraminifera in the modern ocean and using this to improve interpretations of the fossil record.
I received my PhD from the University of Rhode Island in Dr. Brad Seibel’s lab. My dissertation incorporated physiological, biochemical and molecular techniques to measure the responses of marine invertebrates to naturally and anthropogenically induced environmental stress. I focused on hyperiid amphipods living in Oxygen Minimum Zones (OMZs). Like most zooplankton, hyperiid amphipods vertically migrate in a diel pattern; spending the day in deeper colder waters and migrating to the surface at night. Understanding how the current temperature and oxygen levels affect migrating zooplankton will help predict how increased ocean temperatures from global warming will impact their distribution, and ecology.