Currently the UNH Phyto Lab has the following ongoing projects:

  • Phytoplankton-bacteria interactions — investigations continue into the ecology and physiology that dictate the outcomes of phytoplankton-bacteria interactions. In particular, the UNH Phyto Lab is funded investigate the impact of bacterially-derived quorum sensing precursor compound, HHQ on phytoplankton.
  • Grazing, viruses, carbon export —  a NSF Growing Convergent Research program investigating the details of how viruses, grazing, and physics converge to dictate carbon export. The UNH Phyto Lab in particular is involved in the grazing aspect of this research.
  • Phytoplankton time series — a weekly phytoplankton time series in coastal NH. We use flow cytometry and FlowCam particle imagining to capture not just how much phytoplankton is present in the water column, but phytoplankton species composition as well. In particular, the UNH Phyto Lab is interested in the interplay between toxic, bloom forming species and other marine microbes.
  • Vitamins and grazing — the production and use of vitamins as chemical cues for microzooplankton grazers.
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