Antonietta S. Quigg


Antonietta Quigg
Associate Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies
Assist. Dept. Head (MARB)

Galveston Campus
Bld# 3029, Office 261

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(409) 740-4990
(409) 740-5002 Fax

Marine Biology
Marine Biology Graduate Program (MARB IDP)

Marine Sciences



My lab’s research is focused on phytoplankton as model organisms to address questions related to water, climate and energy. We use quantitative and experimental approaches to elucidate the importance of biotic and abiotic factors influencing phytoplankton dynamics (community composition, physiology, ecology) in both field and laboratory-settings. One of the greatest challenges facing the world today is ensuring an adequate supply and quality of water to meet rapidly increasing human needs whilst securing the continued health of our waterways. The goal of much of the lab’s research is to understand and predict interactions between water systems, climate change, land use and ecosystem function and services in estuaries and coasts. Studies are performed at a level of spatial and temporal resolution to allow for extrapolation to other regions, and to ultimately develop and/or feed predictive models. One of the emerging issues for the 21st century is the fate and transport of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) to the environment. By investigating ENPs which have trace metal cores, we have transitioned from investigating metals as nutritional components of phytoplankton to work on the toxicity of metals. Phytoplankton are directly and indirectly impacted by ENPs, and there is an increased potential for bioaccumulation and biomagnification of some metals to higher trophic levels. Because of their potential to alter biogeochemical cycles including the C and N cycle, this will continue to be an active area of future studies; as will be understanding the potential phytoplankton protective and detoxifying mechanisms.

B.Sci. (Majors in Biochemistry and Chemistry). La Trobe University, Australia, 1990.
B.Sci. (Honors, Biochemistry), La Trobe University, Australia, 1990.
Ph.D., (Biological Sciences), Monash University, Australia, 2000

Courses Taught
Marine Botany (MARB 408)  
Directed Studies (MARB 485, 491, 691)
Evolutionary Biology (MARB 689)
Ecological Processes in Marine Environments (MARB 689)

Recent Publications
Maloney, B., Iliffe, T. M., Gelwick, F. and Quigg, A. Effect of nutrient enrichment on naturally occurring algal species in six cave pools of Bermuda. Phycologia.  2011
Xu, C., Santschi, P. H., Hung, C.-C., Zhang, S., Schwehr, K, A., Roberts, K.A., Guo, L., Gong, G.-C., Quigg, A., Long, R. A., Pinckney, J., Duan, S.W., Amon, R., and Wei, C-L. Controls of Th-234 removal from the oligotrophic ocean by polyuronic acids and modification by microbial activity. Marine Chemistry. 123: 111-126.  2011
Miao, A-J., Luo, Z., Chen, C-S., Chin, W-C., Santschi, P. H. and Quigg, A. Intracellular uptake: A possible mechanism for Silver Engineered Nanoparticle Toxicity to a Freshwater Alga Ochromonas danica. PLos One. 5(12): e15196. Published online in December.  2010
Miao, A-J., Luo, A., Chen, C-S., Chin, W-C., Santschi, P. H. and Quigg, A. Zinc Oxide-Engineered Nanoparticles: Dissolution and Toxicity to Marine Phytoplankton. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 29: 2814-2822.  2010
Quigg, A., Irwin, A.J. and Finkel, Z.V. Evolutionary imprint of endosymbiosis of elemental stoichiometry: testing inheritance hypotheses. Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences. doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.1356. Published online in September.  2010
McInnes, A. and Quigg, A. Near-Annual Fish Kills in Small Embayments: Casual versus Causal Factors.  Journal of Coastal Research. 26: 957-966.  2010
Hung, C-C., Xu, C., Santschi, P. H., Zhang, S-J., Schwehr, K. A., Quigg, A., Guo, L., Gong, G-C., Pinckney, J., Long, R.A., and Wei, C-L. Evaluation of the POC and 234Th fluxes in the Gulf of Mexico from sediment traps and size-fractionated POC/234Th ratios in suspended particles. Marine Chemistry. 121: 132-144.  2010 
Flynn, K. J., Raven, J. A., Rees, T. A. K., Finkel, Z. V., Quigg, A., & Beardall, J. Is the growth rate hypothesis applicable to microalgae? Journal of Phycology 46: 1–12.  2010 
Finkel, Z. V., Beardall, J., Flynn, K. J., Quigg, A., Rees, T. A. K., and Raven, J. A. Phytoplankton in a changing world: cell size and elemental stoichiometry. Journal of Plankton Research, 32: 119-137.  2010 
Suggett DJ, Stambler N, Prášil O, Kolber Z, Quigg A, Vázquez-Dominguez E, Zohary T, Berman T, Iluz D, Levitan O, Lawson T, Meeder E, Lazar B, Bar-Zeev E, Medova H, Berman-Frank IB 2009 Nitrogen and phosphorous limitation of oceanic microbial growth during spring in the Gulf of Aqaba. In press, Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 
Flynn, K. J., Raven, J. A., Rees, T. A. K., Finkel, Z. V., Quigg, A., Beardall, J. 2009 Is the growth rate hypothesis applicable to microalgae? In press, Journal of Phycology.
Miao, A-J., Schwehr, K., Xu, C., Zhang, S-J., Quigg, A., and Santschi, P.H. 2009 The algal toxicity of silver engineered nanoparticles and detoxification by exopolymeric substances. In press, Environmental Pollution.
Quigg, A., Broach, L., Denton, W. and Miranda, R. 2009 Water quality in the Dickinson Bayou watershed (Texas, Gulf of Mexico) and health issues. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 58: 896-904.
Beardall, J., Allen, D., Bragg, J., Finkel, Z. V., Flynn, K. J., Quigg, A., Rees, T. A. K., Richardson, A. and Raven, J. A. 2009 Allometry and stoichiometry of unicellular, colonial and multicellular phytoplankton. New Phytologist 181:295-309.