Andrea Frommel

Postdoctoral Fellow

I'm interested in the effect of anthropogenic environmental stressors on the development of commercially important fish larvae

  • Research area
    Comparative Physiology
  • Supervisor
  • 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

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) fellowship

For Research

for a postdoc in Plymouth, UK

Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences fellowship

For Research

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

Best presentation at the DOKMA symposium in Kiel, Germany

For Research

Erasmus fellowship

For Research

for a Masters degree in Biological Oceanography

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
Frommel, A.Y., Margulies, D., Wexler, J.B., Stein, M.S., Scholey, V.P., Williamson, J.E., Bromhead, D., Nicol, S., Havenhand, J
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
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
The proteome of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus L) larvae is resistant to elevated pCO2
Marine Pollution Bulletin 86: 154-160
Maneja, R.H., Dineshram, R., Thiyagarajan, V., Skiftesvik, A.B., Frommel, A.Y., Clemmesen, C., Geffen, A.J., Browman, H.I
Tissue damage in larval Atlantic herring as a result of ocean acidification
Ecological Applications 24: 1131-1143
Frommel, A.Y., Maneja, R., Lowe, D., Malzahn, A.M., Geffen, A.J., Folkvord, A., Piatkowski, U., Clemmesen, C
Biological impacts of ocean acidification: a postgraduate perspective on research priorities
Marine Biology 160: 1789-1805
Garrard S.L., Hunter R.C., Frommel A.Y., Lane A.C., Phillips J.C., Cooper R., Dineshram R., Cardini U., McCoy S.J., Arnberg M., Alves B.G.R., Annane S., de Orte M.R., Kumar A., Aguirre-Martinez G.V., Maneja R.H., Basallote M.D., Ape F., Torstensson A., Bj
Effects of ocean acidification on the calcification of otoliths of larval Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua
Marine Ecology Progress Series 477: 251-258
Maneja R.H., Frommel A.Y., Geffen A.J., Folkvord A., Piatkowski U., Chang M.Y., Clemmesen C
Eggs and early larval stages of Baltic cod, Gadus morhua, are robust to high levels of ocean acidification
Marine Biology 160: 1825-1834
Frommel, A.Y., Schubert, A., Piatkowski, U., Clemmesen, C
The swimming kinematics of larval Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua L, are resilient to elevated seawater pCO2
Marine Biology 160: 1963-1972
Maneja R.H., Frommel A.Y., Browman H.I., Clemmesen C., Geffen A.J., Folkvord A., Piatkowski U., Durif C.M.F., Bjelland R., Skiftesvik A.B
Severe tissue damage in Atlantic cod under increasing ocean acidification
Nature Climate Change 2: 42-46
Frommel, A.Y., Maneja, R., Lowe, D., Malzahn, A.M., Geffen, A.J., Folkvord, A., Piatkowski, U., Reusch, T.B.H., Clemmesen, C
Effect of ocean acidification on marine fish sperm (Baltic cod: Gadus morhua)
Biogeosciences 7: 3915-3919
Frommel, A.Y., Stiebens, V., Clemmesen, C. und Havenhand, J