Research in the Fangue lab focuses on determining the ecological significance of physiological variation in animals that inhabit dynamic environments. Using a combination of field- and laboratory-based studies, much of our research to date has centered on understanding how variation in the abiotic parameters (e.g. oxygen, temperature) of the natural environment translates into an animal’s physiological performance. We study a variety of aquatic species, often those living in naturally extreme or anthropogenically-challenging habitats. Integrating comparative animal physiology with mechanistic, ecological, and evolutionary physiology, our work addresses mechanisms that underlie processes of local adaptation and acclimation. We also use this fundamental knowledge in applied conservation contexts, such as predicting species' responses to predicted climate change or habitat modifications.
January 2016: We are proud to welcome two talented Post-doctoral Researchers to the lab, Dr. Anna Steel and Dr. Matthew Hansen!
In addition, two new Master's students have began research at the lab! Welcome Nicole Aha and Vanessa Lo!
December 2016: Cynthia graduates from ERDC University, returning to UC Davis soon with a beautiful data set in hand! Congratulations!
July 2016: Congratulations to two of our amazing post-docs! Dr. Ken Jeffries and Dr. Jamilynn Poletto are leaving the lab and starting their own! Ken is now faculty at University of Manitoba, and Jamilynn at University of Nebraska, Lincoln! We will miss you both! Good luck! Check out their links to see their new lab websites:
Dr. Ken Jeffries: http://umanitoba.ca/Biology/people/ken-jeffries/
Dr. Jamilynn Poletto: http://snr15.unl.edu/aboutus/who/people/faculty-member.asp?pid=2347
May 2016 - Congratulations to Dr. Ken Jeffries - winner of the UC Davis Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research. Great job Ken!
April 2016 - Brittany Davis awarded a 2016 Delta Science Fellowship
Britt, a PhD candidate co-advised by Dr. Anne Todgham, was recently selected to be a 2016 Delta Science Fellow. She will study the effects of drought and climate change on interactions between native and non-native fishes in the Delta. Read more about her research and other fellows at:
March 2016 - Ken Zillig received a research grant from the Marin Rod & Gun Club and the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology & Aquaculture.
October 2015 - Congratulations to Dr. Matthias Hasenbein on his successful dissertation defense! We are very proud of you!
August 2015 - Post-doc Ken Jeffries and P.I. Nann Fangue present posters on smelt fishes at the American Fishery Society annual meeting in Portland, Oregon.
Summer 2015 - Presenting Dr. Seunghyung Lee. Congratulations on a fabulous dissertation. Job well done!!
March 2015 - Our work on reducing juvenile green sturgeon entrainment into water diversions has been featured in an article written by Fishbio! Check it out here: http://fishbio.com/field-notes/the-fish-report/safer-passage-reducing-entrainment-risk-for-juvenile-green-sturgeon.
December 2014 - Congratulations to Lisa Komoroske on the completion of her doctoral degree. Lisa's dissertation focused on understanding the molecular and physiological responses of the endangered Delta smelt to increasing temperature and salinity. Please congratulate Dr. Komoroske!
November 2014 - Ph.D. student Britt and P.I. Nann taking a break from the lab to explore an Antarctic ice cave!
New article on river water diversion threats to green sturgeon research featured in UC Davis News!
Research Featured in Slate Science Article!
Fangue lab research featured on Cover of the Integrative and Comparative Biology Journal!
Hasenbein, M., L.M. Komoroske, R.E. Connon, J. Geist, and N.A. Fangue (2013). Turbidity and Salinity Affect Feeding Performance and Physiological Stress in the Endangered Delta Smelt. Integrative and Comparative Biology DOI: 10.1093/icb/ict082.