Christina Chadwick

Biological Scientist II

NameChristina Chadwick
Christina Chadwick

Biological Scientist II

Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration – Harmful Algal Blooms

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 where I use genetic analyses to identify and quantify phytoplankton diversity. Genetic techniques are used to differentiate phytoplankton species that are easily distinguished using more traditional techniques such as light microscopy. One of the projects I am currently working on includes using ARISA (Automated Ribosomal Intergenic Spacer Analysis) to identify species in the diatom genus Pseudo-nitzschia from samples collected in offshore, coastal, and estuarine waters.  

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