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.
Cheryl completed a Bachelor's Degree from UC San Diego in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution.
Her master's research is with Dr. Wim Kimmerer and Dr. Jungbluth focused on lower food web dynamics in the upper reaches of the estuary within wetland habitats. She is investigating and quantifying copepod feeding on cyanobacteria using molecular techniques to better understand foodweb support for fish food in the estuary.
Erick completed a Bachelor's Degree in Oceanography from Humboldt State University.
His master's research with Dr. Jungbluth focused on characterizing the biological diversity of species in the waters of restored wetlands and determining which species serve as biological indicators of beneficial wetlands in the San Francisco Estuary.
Jennifer received her B.S. in Marine Sciences from UConn Avery Point. Living in Connecticut on Long Island Sound, the ocean has always been a big part of her life and she especially loves the microscopic world!
Her master's research is with Dr. Jungbluth studying food web support for high-latitude copepods in the Gulf of Alaska.
Anthony graduated from Unity College with a B.S. in Marine Biology & Sustainable Aquaculture in the fall of 2021. Shortly after graduating he worked as a lab assistant at the UC Davis – Fish Conservation & Cultivation Laboratory during the spawning season cultivating Delta smelt and Longfin smelt to supplement the wild populations in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta.
He will be investigating the variability in food web connections between zooplankton and larval fishes using high-throughput sequencing and exploring how this information can be utilized to help restore the wetlands of the San Francisco Estuary.
Amy completed a B.S. from UC Davis in Animal Biology and went on to work for the fish and aquatic science team at an environmental consulting company, ICF.
Her master's research is with Dr. Wim Kimmerer and Dr. Jungbluth using high throughput sequencing to determine the diet composition of two copepod species that are an important food source for native threatened and endangered larval fishes. Her favorite marine organism is the nudibranch!
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.
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!