headshotPh.D. Student | llinsmay@ucsd.edu

Lauren is a 3rd year PhD student in the Tresguerres Lab. She arrived at Scripps after completing a joint BS/MS program at Stanford University in the interdisciplinary Earth Systems program. At Stanford, she spent several summers interning for Dr. George Somero’s comparative physiology lab at the Hopkins Marine Station, where she completed her Honors Thesis research on the physiology of an invasive mussel (paper here: http://aquaticcommons.org/6603/). This is where her interest in studying the physiology of marine organisms developed, and why she joined the Tresguerres Lab.

Research Interests:

  • eco-physiology of marine organisms (how environmental changes affect the physiology of organisms, which in turns influences their ecology)
  • coral physiology, particularly metabolism and oxidative stress
  • diurnal influences on coral physiology (eg. Photosynthesis and respiration)
  • circadian rhythms and how environmental stress affects these cycles
  • metabolomics and proteomics

Lauren has been working on optimizing metabolic enzyme assays to measure activities of key aerobic and anaerobic metabolic enzymes and linking changes in metabolism during day and night to other physiological changes.

Lauren is a co-founder of the Scripps/UCSD-based Interdisciplinary Forum on Environmental Change (SIO 296), a graduate student-led initiative to enhance interdisciplinary research efforts and collaborations across disciplines and binationally (collaborators include COLEF in Tijuana). Her interests in policy took her to the UN climate change conference in Poland in November 2013, where she spoke on a panel about ocean acidification to an audience of political delegates. She helped found a Scripps/UCSD group called Ocean Scientists for Informed Policy (link: www.oceanscientists.org) with the aim of improving science communication to policy-makers and improving the public’s understanding of the role of the ocean in climate change.