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About Dr. Jungbluth

About Dr. Jungbluth (she/her)


Dr. Michelle Jungbluth is an ecologist, naturalist, and marine biologist interested in the phenomena occurring at the base of aquatic food webs.

In her career as a scientist, she has focused on a variety of studies involving mainly zooplankton - the animals that "drift" in the sea. But they aren't just passive particles, they have unique behaviors that make them very interesting and important members of ecosystems. 

Her technical expertise includes characterizing life on earth through DNA barcoding, quantitative PCR-based studies of animal life history and food web connections, and next-generation DNA sequencing. She has also dabbled in DNA barcoding of zooplankton, including a range of deep-sea larval invertebrates - a location where we know almost nothing about organism diversity and even less about larval ecology.

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Dr. Jungbluth grew up in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

~land of the Potowatomi and Winnebago people~

She completed a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin Madison, then her M.S. and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. 

~land of indigenous Hawaiians known as Papahānaumoku~

After completing her Ph.D. she began exploring the complexities of food web ecology in the San Francisco Estuary in the lab of Dr. Wim Kimmerer.  She continues her work in the Estuary

~lands of the Ramaytush Ohlone and Huimen Miwok people ~

and is now expanding to studies of zooplankton ecology in a high latitude ecosystem in the Gulf of Alaska.

~lands of the Qutekcak people~

She is also a lecturer at the University of California Berkeley, teaching an Introductory Oceanography summer course.

Current Students

Current Students
Other Contributors

Other Lab Contributors

Dr. Sean Jungbluth
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology

Sean is a microbial ecologist, oceanographer, and computational biologist interested in the promising applications for environmental molecular sequencing to explore and monitor life in aquatic and other environments. His primary appointment is as a Research Scientist with the Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


As an Adjunct Faculty member at the EOS Center, he readily collaborates and contributes his expertise in software development and molecular microbial ecology to further Jungbluth Lab molecular sequencing-based research.

He holds a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Lab Alumni

Undergraduates and Interns

Thanks to all of the volunteers and undergraduate assistants who have contributed to our research over the years!

Adrianna Albert (REU Fellow, SFSU)

Paris Kellogg (REU Fellow, SFSU)

Aspen Katla (REU Fellow, SFSU)

De'Asha Moore (STAR Fellow, SFSU)

Chandler Gorman (SFSU)

John Lee (UH Manoa)

Michelle Uchida (UH Manoa)

Eric Shimabukuro (UH Manoa)

Christine Babiano (UH Manoa)

... And Others! If I've somehow forgotten to include you, reach out and I'd happily add you here!

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