Biological Scientist II
Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration – Harmful Algal Blooms
B.S. Biology, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
Harmful Algal Blooms, molecular ecology, genetic diversity of phytoplankton, DNA fingerprinting
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.