School of Biology, College of Sciences
Director of Center of Biologically-Inspired Design
Professor Jeannette Yen studies small-scale, biological, chemical and physical interactions in plankton, especially the behavior and signal recognition by marine zooplankton. This includes fluid physics of signal structure, neurophysiological basis of signal detection, consequences on feeding ecology, functional morphology, biochemical composition, and reproductive strategies of marine plankton, especially copepods, from tropical to polar oceanic regions.
Yen's lab is currently interested in the use of aquatic chemical communication in mating and other planktonic interactions. She is examining how underwater signals are transmitted through the fluid medium and perceived by zooplanktonic organisms. The lab is also working collaboratively on a project to document the hydromechanical signals created by fish and the role of these cues in host-tracking by copepods that are parasitic on salmon. Yen is also engaged in collaborative research on the effects of krill swimming/feeding currents in disrupting marine snow and the impact on biogeochemical cycling in the sea. Continued interest in the ecology and phylogeny of copepod congeners within the family Euchaetidae include latitudinal comparisons of their physiology, lipid metabolism and reproductive strategies.