2017 Illg Lecture
Dr. Lauren Mullineaux
“Are deep-sea hydrothermal vent communities resilient to disturbance?”
The 19th Annual Paul Illg Distinguished Lectureship presents Dr. Lauren Mullineaux, a biological oceanographer who studies the dispersal of invertebrates in their planktonic larval stage, and the influence of that mobility on resilience of seafloor communities. Lauren was born in Seattle, spent summers on the flanks of Cascade volcanoes, and studied the ecology of desert plants at Pomona College where she earned a BS.
She then received a PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and then joined the faculty of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where she currently is a Senior Scientist and the Chair of the BiologyDepartment. Lauren credits her immersion in the dynamic landscape of the Cascades,and exposure to larvae during a University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs summer course, for shaping a career-long interest in the processes that allow communities to recover fromcatastrophic disturbance.