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.
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September 2020: Assistant Project Scientist opening! We are seeking applicants with a PhD in Aquatic Science, Animal Physiology, Ecology or appropriate related field by the start date. Applicants can apply immediately online through the Recruit portal: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03760
August 2020: Junior Specialist Opening. We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in the field of Eco-physiology; relating to aquatic animals’ thermal performance, swimming performance, and behavior near engineered structures.
Applicants can start applying immediately, online through the Recruit portal: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03722.
May 2019: Congratulations to Sarah Baird for completing her Master's degree in Ecology and getting to ring the UC Davis cowbell!
October 2018: Thanks to UC Davis Tree Crew, we have a new chair outside one of our fish facilities!
June 2018: A big congratulations to the newest Fangue & Todgham lab graduate, Dr. Britt Davis!
Britt will continue her research surrounding conservation physiology investigating the effects of climate change on native and endangered fishes in the San Francisco Estuary and understanding the impacts of domestication and captivity on hatchery fishes. We wish her the best of luck at the Dept. of Water Resources.
March 2018: Yuzo Yanagitsuru is awarded a 2018 Delta Science Fellowship
Yuzo, a PhD student co-advised by Dr. Anne Todgham, was recently selected to be a 2018 Delta Science Fellow. He will study the effect of temperature and salinity on the physiology of longfin smelt. Read more about his work and other fellows at:
March 2018: Congratulations to the now Dr. Brittany Davis on completing her PhD dissertation! All are welcome to attend Britt's exit seminar March 16th at 12pm in the Wier room (Meyer Hall). She will broadly talk about the Susceptibility of Juvenile fishes to environmental change: Linking physiological responses to behavioral outcomes. It should be an exciting talk examining fishes from polar and temperate coasts to our local Bay-Delta estuaries. Congrats Britt, ring that Aggie gong!
September 2017: Exciting! We’ve just received a new NSF NRT training grant, entitled “Sustainable Oceans: From Policy to Science to Decisions.” Our first graduate student cohort will be fall 2018. Interested students should check out this website sustainableoceans.ucdavis.edu.
March 2017: We are proudly welcoming a new Ph.D. student in the Animal Biology Graduate Group this fall, Yuzo Yanagitsuru!
January 2017: Congratulations to our own Dr. Nann Fangue for being named as a 2016-2017 Chancellor's Fellow! In addition, she has recently been awarded the 2016 Eleanor and Harry Walker Award by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the 2017 Faculty Advisor Award from the Region 9 National Academic Advising Association. Thank you for all of your hard work. You are truly an inspiration to all of us at the Fangue Lab!
Please visit the link below to learn more about her achievements!
January 2017: 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!
October 21, 2014 - It's official! Congratulations to Jamilynn Poletto on the completion of her doctoral degree. Jamilynn's dissertation focused on sensory physiology and behavior in sturgeon. Please congratulate Dr. Poletto!!
Sept 2014- Lab undergraduate alumni, Erica Kelly, is starting a Master's program at CSU Bakersfield. Congratulations Erica!! Fangue lab PhD candidate Lisa Komoroske's research on climate change impacts on Delta Smelt is highlighted in this month's Delta Stewardship Council newsletter August 2014- Congratulations to Jamilynn Poletto for being awarded second place for best student paper at the 2014 International Congress on the Biology of Fish!
July 2014- Research on green sturgeon and water diversion intake risks by Fangue lab members Nann Fangue, Dennis Cocherell and Jamilynn Poletto featured in the latest issue of the Estuary News!
June 2014 - Congratulations to Jason Dexter on his admittance to the Applied Marine Science and Watershed program at CSU Monterey Bay. We wish you the best!! Our work was featured on the cover of a recent issue of San Francisco Estaury News! Congratulations to graduate student Jamilynn Poletto who placed Second in the Best Student Presentation Competition at the 48th Annual Conference of the California-Nevada Chapter of the American Fisheries Society for her talk entitled "The efficacy of deterrents and pipe modifications in reducing entrainment of juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris) into unscreened water diversions." Congratulations to all our undergraduates who represented the Fangue Lab at the 2014 CalNeva Conference in March! A special congratulations to Kristina, Katie and Sarah for placing second and third in the Student Poster Presentation competition!
New article on river water diversion threats to green sturgeon research featured in UC Davis News!
Highlights of Fangue lab students & collaborators' research in Antarctica!
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.