Student Projects

Dr. Laura Grange - postdoc

Phone: (808) 956-5029
Fax: (808) 956-9516

University of Hawai`i at Manoa
1000 Pope Road, 
Marine Sciences Building, office 609
Honolulu, HI 96822


I have only very recently joined Craig Smith’s lab at the University of Hawaii as a postdoctoral scholar working on the FOODBANCS project. I am primarily interested in the way in which seafloor communities respond to the variable and highly seasonal food supply typical on the Antarctic shelf, specifically in terms of their feeding dynamics and reproductive responses. I have previously studied inter-annual and seasonal variation in the reproductive cycles of three Antarctic echinoderms and a nemertean worm abundant on the Western Antarctic Peninsula, and associated these cycles with the seasonal food supply characteristic of the Antarctic. During the forthcoming cruise I will also be looking at how these responses are affected by climate change and will be undertaking many animal dissections, collecting gonad tissues for weight measurements and gut tissues to describe differences in gut morphology and seafloor feeding dynamics. In addition we will also be studying these tissues to determine their composition and energy content, and the likely food sources available.

Laura Grange