Leanne Elder


I am a comparative physiologist that integrates ecology and biological oceanography into my research.  Through the use of physiological, biochemical and molecular tools, I measure the responses of marine invertebrates to naturally and anthropogenically induced environmental stress. My dissertation work has 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.

I am currently searching for postdoctoral opportunities and would appreciate the chance to speak with anyone interested in my research.