Louise Cominassi

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Post-Doctoral Researcher 

Louise is broadly interested in how environmental variation, including both natural and anthropogenic change, impact fish physiology and behavior. During her PHD at the Institute of Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science, at the University of Hamburg, and in partnership with the IFREMER (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) she studied how long-lived marine fish maintain performance (e.g., growth, development, swimming capacity) when exposed to future conditions of acidification and warming.

Her first postdoc at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) investigating the molecular pathways mediating metabolic remodeling in threespine stickleback in response to temperature allowed her to explore physiological adaptation at the molecular level and gain a more holistic understanding on physiological response to environmental change.

Her current work at the University of Davis California, in both Segarra and Connon labs, focuses on assessing the impact of pesticides on physiology and behavior with the objective of developing a response spectrum framework associating pesticides residues bioaccumulated in the fish with adverse biological effects.

Her research stems from her desire to tackle conservation issues and her goal of using physiological data to inform and respond to management concerns regarding environmental change and stressors