Mueller Lab Members
Dr. Casey A. Mueller
Assistant Professor, PI
Casey began as an Assistant Professor at CSUSM in Fall 2015. Her research focuses on the fundamental concepts of phenotypic plasticity and critical windows during development. She is fascinated by how physiological systems develop, interact and respond to the environment and how developmental physiology influences animals later in life. Casey is enjoying working with students at CSUSM to answer a broad range of questions in the realm of comparative developmental physiology.
You can read about her past research experiences here
Lindsey Korito - Graduate Student
Lindsey joined the lab in Fall 2017. As an undergraduate, Lindsey was involved in numerous projects, including exploring chorus frog tadpole plasticity in development in response to water depth, examining the long term impacts of the embryonic environment on tadpole physiology, and assessing the effect of temperature on copepod development. Lindsey began her Masters thesis research in Fall 2019, examining the time course of metabolic compensation in copepods. Some of Lindsey's hobbies include cooking, painting, and being with her animals.
Gabrielle Diaz - Undergraduate Student
Gabrielle joined the lab in Fall 2019. She is assessing how embryonic temperature influences the length of rainbow trout hatchlings from Eagle Lake in Northern California.
Former Lab Members
Christopher Melendez - Graduate Student
Lab member from AY 2015/16 to 2018/19. For his senior undergraduate thesis, Chris examined the effects of temperature on brine shrimp development. His Masters research used temperature to examine critical windows of embryonic development in rainbow trout. Chris graduated in Spring 2019 and is now a PhD student at the University of North Texas in the lab of Dr. Warren Burggren.
Samantha Manzanares - Undergraduate Student
Lab member during AY 2017/18 and 2018/19. Samantha joined the lab in Fall 2017 and worked with chorus frogs during development, exploring plasticity in development and the effects of temperature variability on function. She graduated in Spring 2019 and is applying for an accelerated nursing program.
Itzel Espejo - Undergraduate Student
Lab member during AY 2018/19. Itzel contributed to multiple projects, including measuring how temperature during critical windows of development influence rainbow trout embryos, determining the length-mass relationship in copepods, and examining the effects of variable temperature on chorus frog development. Itzel graduated in Spring 2019.
Sabrina Kazem - Undergraduate Student
Lab member during AY 2017/18. Sabrina helped with animal maintenance and data collection on our experiment exploring thermal effects on rainbow trout development. Sabrina graduated in Spring 2019 and is applying for medical school.
Janet Solano-Sanchez - Undergraduate Student
Janet joined the lab in Spring 2018 from Palomar Community College. Janet helped with with animal maintenance and data collection on our experiment exploring thermal effects on rainbow trout development. She is now continuing her undergraduate studies at UC Davis.
John Hiedo - Undergraduate Student
Lab member during Fall 2017. John worked on tracking copepod development at various temperatures and helped analyze the lengths of rainbow trout hatchlings reared at different temperatures. John is continuing his undergraduate studies at CSUSM.
Morgan Scheffler - Undergraduate Student
Lab member during AY 2016/17. Morgan completed a senior undergraduate thesis and Summer Scholarship on marine copepod metabolism using different populations and temperatures and her work resulted in a published paper. Morgan graduated in May 2017 and is currently in medical school.
Samuel Woldeyohannes - Undergraduate Student
Lab member during AY 2016/17. Samuel worked with brine shrimp rearing at different salinities and helped in rainbow trout embryo maintenance at different temperatures, performed dissections and collected mass data. Samuel graduated in May 2018 and is preparing for medical school.
Julie Bucsky - Undergraduate Student
Lab member during AY 2016/17. Julie worked on rearing brine shrimp under different temperatures. She also helped with morphological measurements of Baja California chorus frog embryos incubated at different temperatures. Julie graduated in May 2017 and is preparing for PA school.
Jonathan Kramer - Undergraduate Student
Lab member during AY 2015/16. Jonathan contributed to analysis on the effect of increased temperature during critical windows of development on lake whitefish growth and examining the conditions under which brine shrimp reproduce by live young, eggs, sexual or asexual means.