Graduate Students

 LOU BROWN
Lou Brown Ph.D. Student

Galveston Campus
Bldg# 3029, 2nd floor cubicles
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Project: I am currently working as the Project Manager for the Texas AgriLife Algae Biofuel Pilot Plant located in Pecos, Texas. My responsibilities there include experimental design and implementation of algal culture optimization and species development, water chemistry analysis for all types of potential water sources that might be used for large scale algal cultivation and the implementation of potential large scale dewatering techniques and technologies. I plan to complete my Ph.D. project on the process of large scale algal cultivation for the potential uses of biofuels and bioenergy in regards to species selection and optimization as well as facility design and operation.
 ALLYSON LUCCHESE
Allyson Ph.D. Student

Galveston Campus
Bldg# 3029, 2nd floor cubicles
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Project: I have my Bachelor's in Biology from Texas A&M, and am pursuing my Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography. I worked for two years in Dr. Lisa Campbell's Phytoplankton Ecology Lab in College Station, mainly focusing on toxin extractions from Karenia brevis before coming to the Quigg Phytoplankton Dynamics Lab. My project is examining phytoplankton community responses to nutrient and freshwater pulses in Galveston Bay along the riverine input gradients from the Trinity River and the San Jacinto River, and hopefully we'll be able to see some higher trophic level community changes as well. It's gonna be AWESOME.
 ALLISON SKINNER McINNES
Juang_Yuelu Ph.D. Candidate

Galveston Campus
Bldg# 3029, 2nd floor cubicles
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Project: I am currently working on a project which we think will more clearly resolve the role of the biological pump in the C-cycle.
 ALICIA SHEPARD
Tyra_Booe Ph.D. Student

Galveston Campus
Bldg# 3029, 2nd floor cubicles
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Project: I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Roger Williams University and have participated in multiple research projects. These include work on cyanobacterial/cyanophage dynamics, anthropogenic impacts on coral-associated microbial populations and molecular analyses of subseafloor microbial populations.  I plan to complete my PhD project on the potential impacts of mesoscale cyclonic circulation on nitrogen use by heterotrophic bacteria and autotrophic phytoplankton populations in the Gulf of Mexico.
 YAN ZHAO
Juang_Yuelu Ph.D. Candidate 

Galveston Campus
Bldg# 3029, 2nd floor cubicles
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Project: My research focuses on phytoplankton productivity in the areas experiencing frequent and severe hypoxia in Northern Gulf of Mexico (Texas-Louisiana Shelf). Both field measurements and laboratory experiments will be used to preliminarily clarify the mechanisms controlling phytoplankton productivity. The relativity between phytoplankton productivity and environmental factors, including both physical and chemical factors, will be investigated in field research. In laboratory experiments, the typical environmental factors of eco-system in the hypoxic region will be imitated, and the dominate microalgal species in this area will be chosen to research. I will try to determine the main factors affecting the phytoplankton productivity in the hypoxic region under controlled conditions in laboratory.  
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