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What we do

The Mullineaux Lab studies the dispersal of larvae of benthic invertebrates through the ocean, their settlement back to the seafloor, and the influence of these processes on resilience of benthic communities. We use field observations and laboratory experiments to understand how larvae respond to environmental cues, and mathematical models to understand connectivity and dynamics of geographically separated communities. Our field sites range from coastal bays in New England to deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the eastern and western Pacific.