Biological Scientist II

NameSteven Bruzek
Steven Bruzek

Biological Scientist II

Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration – Harmful Algal Blooms – Toxin Laboratory

B.S. Biology, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

Research Interests
Harmful Algal Blooms, molecular ecology, genetic diversity of phytoplankton, DNA fingerprinting

Current Activity

I work in the Molecular Ecology lab using genetic techniques to identify and quantify phytoplankton diversity. Using DNA fingerprinting techniques, a more accurate determination of phytoplankton species diversity can be made when typical identification techniques such as light microscopy cannot distinguish between two morphologically similar species. I am involved in multiple different projects currently. One involves using ARISA to identify species in the toxic diatom genus Pseudo-nitzschiain samples collected from the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of Maine during event and routine sampling. Another is the development of molecular probes to identify picoplankton in the Indian River Lagoon.

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