Larval Ecology



Scott Gallager, Lauren Mullineaux, Jesús Pineda

Dispersal of larvae of benthic organisms living at deep-sea hydrothermal vents is essential for these species to maintain populations in the patchy, ephemeral vent environments. Lauren Mullineaux's lab is involved in collaborative field studies to investigate the physiological, behavioral and physical mechanisms that control dispersal to new or existing vent sites. These studies are part of the NSF-sponsored RIDGE LARVE (Larvae At Ridge VEnts) Project.