Research: I am working on viral metagenomes from the Pt. Loma kelp forest and the viral community associated with kelp and rhodolith algae in response to increased carbon dioxide.
Research : I am studying the effects of climate change on the microbes associated with the giant kelp seaweed Macrocystis pyrifera. I use Next Generation Sequencing to identify genomic variations in bacteria as a result of environmental changes.
Research: Currently looking at coral reefs off the coast of Brazil. I am comparing different macroorganisms and their influence on microbial communities
Research: Microbial communities associated with giant kelp
My research focus on microbial activity associated with the skin surface of sharks. Microbes are a ubiquitous entity in the oceans, interacting with all marine surfaces. The perpetual invasion by water column microbes has driving marine organism to develop means by which to regulate this occurrence, either harnessing the microbes for their benefit to excluding them from their surfaces. Sharks harbor a unique skin surface structure, providing an interesting model from which to base this study.
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