About Dr. Jungbluth (she/her)


Dr. Michelle Jungbluth is an ecologist, naturalist, and marine biologist interested in the phenomena occurring at the base of aquatic food webs.

In her career as a scientist, she has focused on a variety of studies involving mainly zooplankton - the animals that "drift" in the sea. But they aren't just passive particles, they have unique behaviors that make them very interesting and important members of ecosystems. 

Her technical expertise includes characterizing life on earth through DNA barcoding, quantitative PCR-based studies of animal life history and food web connections, and next-generation DNA sequencing. She has also dabbled in DNA barcoding of zooplankton, including a range of deep-sea larval invertebrates - a location where we know almost nothing about organism diversity and even less about larval ecology.


Dr. Jungbluth grew up in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

~land of the Potowatomi and Winnebago people~

She completed a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin Madison, then her M.S. and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. 

~land of indigenous Hawaiians known as Papahānaumoku~

After completing her Ph.D. she began exploring the complexities of food web ecology in the San Francisco Estuary in the lab of Dr. Wim Kimmerer.  She continues her work in the Estuary

~lands of the Ramaytush Ohlone and Huimen Miwok people ~

and is now expanding to studies of zooplankton ecology in a high latitude ecosystem in the Gulf of Alaska

~lands of the Qutekcak people~

Current Students


Undergraduates and Interns

Thanks to all of the volunteers and undergraduate assistants who have contributed to our research over the years.

Paris Kellogg (REU Fellow, SFSU)

Aspen Katla (REU Fellow, SFSU)

De'Asha Moore (STAR Fellow, SFSU)

Chandler Gorman (SFSU)

John Lee (UH Manoa)

Michelle Uchida (UH Manoa)

Eric Shimabukuro (UH Manoa)

Christine Babiano (UH Manoa)

... And Others! If I've somehow forgotten to include you, reach out and I'd happily add you here!