Rudolf ScheltemaDispersal 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.