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  1. Frommel, A.Y., Margulies, D., Wexler, J.B., Stein, M.S., Scholey, V.P., Williamson, J.E., Bromhead, D., Nicol, S., Havenhand, J 2016. Ocean acidification has lethal and sub-lethal effects on larval development of yellowfin tuna, Thunnus albacares. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 482: 18-24
  2. Maneja, R.H., Frommel, A.Y., Browman, H.I., Geffen, A.J., Folkvord A., Piatkowski U., Durif C.M.F., Bjelland R., Skiftesvik A.B., Clemmesen, C 2015. The swimming kinematics and foraging behavior of larval Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus L) are unaffected by elevated pCO2. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 466: 42-48
  3. Frommel, A.Y., Maneja, R., Lowe, D., Malzahn, A.M., Geffen, A.J., Folkvord, A., Piatkowski, U., Clemmesen, C 2014. Tissue damage in larval Atlantic herring as a result of ocean acidification. Ecological Applications 24: 1131-1143
  4. Maneja, R.H., Dineshram, R., Thiyagarajan, V., Skiftesvik, A.B., Frommel, A.Y., Clemmesen, C., Geffen, A.J., Browman, H.I 2014. The proteome of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus L) larvae is resistant to elevated pCO2. Marine Pollution Bulletin 86: 154-160
  5. Frommel, A.Y., Schubert, A., Piatkowski, U., Clemmesen, C 2013. Eggs and early larval stages of Baltic cod, Gadus morhua, are robust to high levels of ocean acidification. Marine Biology 160: 1825-1834


Andrea Y. Frommel

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research area: Comparative Physiology
Supervisor: C. Brauner
History: BSc: UCSC, Santa Cruz, California (2005)
MSc: SDU, Odense, Denmark (2008)
PhD: IFM-GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany (2012)
Postdoc: PML, Plymouth, UK (2012)
Postdoc: U Gothenburg, Tjarno, Sweden (2012-2014)
Postdoc: UCSB, Santa Barbara, California (2015-2016)

My research focuses on the effects of climate changes on commercially important marine fish. Ocean acidification, temperature and deoxygenation can have severe effects on marine organisms, especially when the stressors are coupled. Commercially exploited fish populations face the additional challenge of fishing pressure, which reduces population size, structure and genetic diversity. As fishing pressure and climate changes often act in opposing directions, commercial populations are predicted to be more vulnerable to climatic changes and less able to adapt to future conditions.
In experiments, I rear eggs and larvae of commercial fish species under various treatment scenarios predicted for the future ocean and look at the effects on their survival, growth and performance. My laboratory techniques include morphometrics, biochemistry, histology, otolith analysis and gene expression.

In Colin Brauner's lab I will be focusing on the development of the gills and the trade-off between acid-base regulation and ion-exchange versus respiration under oxygen limitation and elevated/reduced pH levels in different fish species.
One project is to look at the changes in gill structure and kidneys in Arapaima as they develop from obligate water- to obligate air-breathers. Another project is on the combined effects of ocean acidification and temperature on organ structure and health in larval and juvenile kingfish, with a special focus on gills, kidney and muscle tissue.



Annette Barthelt Prize for young marine scientists

For Research


Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences fellowship

For Research

for a postdoc at the Sven Loven Center for Marine Sciences in Tjarno, Sweden


German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) fellowship

For Research

for a postdoc in Plymouth, UK


Best presentation at the DOKMA symposium in Kiel, Germany

For Research


Erasmus fellowship

For Research

for a Masters degree in Biological Oceanography

Last updated 23 October 2017