Laura R. Markley

Biological Scientist

Laura MarkleyName
Laura R. Markley

Position
Biological Scientist

Section
Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration – Harmful Algal Blooms

Education
B.A. Biology, Florida Gulf Coast University
B.A. Marine Science, Florida Gulf Coast University

Research Interests
Harmful Algal Blooms, phytoplankton ecology, and phytoplankton taxonomy

Current Activity
I use light microscopy to classify and enumerate phytoplankton in water samples collected throughout the state of Florida to monitor for the presence of HAB species.

As an M.S. student at Florida Gulf Coast University, I am examining phytoplankton population dynamics in the Caloosahatchee estuary in Fort Myers, Florida.



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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