Research

Welcome to my lab!

Are you interested in research on phytoplankton productivity, phytoplankton ecology or marine productivity? Are you an undergraduate at FSU, a student looking for a Masters or PhD position? Please contact me via email!

In my lab we use a diverse set of instruments to control environmental parameters, measure the response of the phytoplankton cells to these parameters and identify limitations and trade-offs of these organisms based on investigating molecular and physiological processes which are key for determining the competitive ability of species.

Lab equipment: 

  • Tools to culture phytoplankton cells:
    • CO2 gas mixing to generate different CO2 concentrations 1-2000ppm)
    • temperature controlled incubators and walk in temperature controlled room
    • different lighting systems (LED based and Arduino controlled, Fluorescent light bulbs, sunlight on rooftop)
    • Peristaltic pumps for continuous cultures
    • clean bench
  • Tools to measure and monitor phytoplankton growth and community composition
    • Microscope and counting cells
    • Fluorometer (Trilogy)
    • UV-Vis, Fluorescence, Luminescence -Multiple reader for ¬†measuring Chl a fluorescence, nutrient analysis
    • Coulter counter (Beckman-Z2)
    • Flow cytometer (Beckman)
    • Filtration units
    • UV-Vis spectrophotometer (1,5,10cm Quarz glass cells)
  • Tools to measure cell physiology and molecular mechanisms:
    • Aquapen
    • FRRF (Act2 Chelsea)
    • Membane Inlet Mass Spectrometer with cuvettes for flow through analysis, 8ml sample cuvette and macrophyte flow cell.
    • Optode system for O2 measurements
    • Western-Blot station
    • UV-Vis, Fluorescence, Luminescence -Multiple reader for ¬†measuring Chl a fluorescence, nutrient analysis
    • UV-Vis spectrophotometer (1,5,10cm Quarz glass cells)
    • GC for Acetylene reduction assay
    • radio isotope laboratory to measure 14 C
    • CO2 gas analyzer
  • General Lab equipment:
    • scales, water bath, heater plates, centrifuges, tool work bench, incubators, microwave, freezer, fridge, pipettes – if you made it to here you must be either bored or very interested in my lab… we have a lot more items used in the lab hidden in drawers.