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Rachel Thurmond

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Name
Rachel Thurmond

Position
Fish & Wildlife Technician  

Section
Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration – Harmful Algal Blooms 

Education 
B.S. Biology, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee 
In Progress, M.S. Marine Science, University of South Florida 

Research interest  
Phytoplankton ecology, HABs, bloom dynamics  

Current activity 
Rachel works as a phytoplankton taxonomist in the Harmful Algal Blooms lab, identifying and enumerating cells from water samples collected in Florida by our partners and other agencies, as well as private citizens. She also aids in other activities such as data entry and prepping samples to support our fast-paced monitoring efforts.