Mikelle L. Nuwer

I hold both a B.S and M.S. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Washington.  I am currently pursing a PhD. in Biological Oceanography.  The topic of my dissertation research is the spatial and temporal patterns of molecular genetic variation in a group of planktonic calanoid copepods.  I employ DNA sequence variation in mitochondrial genes to determine phylogenetic relationships, examine geographic variation, and make inferences about the population structure of species in the Calanus helgolandicus clade.  This work is a necessary first step for understanding speciation, ecology and community dynamics of the crustacean zooplankton.