Current Lab Members - Post-Docs
I am an aquatic microbial ecologist, and my work here at URI involves studying predator-prey dynamics in planktonic microbes. More specifically, I will be developing molecular markers to assess grazing and starvation in the ocean.
The main focus of my research is to determine the temperature effects on the rates of heterotrophic protist population dynamics. These rate estimates are key measurements for global biogeochemical cycling models and studying how they are influenced by temperature is fundamental in a global warming prospective
I am highly interested in researching the influence of protistan mortality processes on phytoplanktonic abundance and distribution, considering how predator-prey interactions and plankton behavior at the species level can enhance our understanding on the large ocean-scale ecosystem processes.