Christina Chadwick

Biological Scientist II

NameChristina Chadwick
Christina Chadwick

Position
Biological Scientist II

Section
Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration – Harmful Algal Blooms

Education
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.  



FWC Facts:
Pyrodinium bahamense, an HAB organism that blooms each summer in Tampa Bay and Indian River Lagoon, chemically lights up to glow in the dark. This is called bioluminescence.

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