JamieSteichen

Dr. Jamie Steichen
Postdoctoral Fellow
200 Seawolf Parkway
Bldg# 3029, 2nd floor cubicles
Galveston, TX, 77554 USA

E-mail: steichej@tamug.edu
Phone: (409) 740-4990

Project:

Approximately 11 million people currently live within the Galveston Bay (Texas) watershed and this number is projected to increase 27% by the year 2060. With this rising population the demand for freshwater resources grows. Various species of finfish and shellfish are utilized as bioindicators of freshwater inflows in estuarine systems. One of my research goals is to develop a phytoplankton biotic index to monitor for sufficient freshwater inflow within Galveston Bay, Texas based. This index will correlate variation in the higher taxonomic groups of phytoplankton in response to changing abiotic factors such as nutrients, salinity and water clarity.

With the deep water ports of Houston, Texas City and Galveston located in Galveston Bay, I am also interested in ballast water transport of phytoplankton species within the Gulf of Mexico and testing the efficiency of newly developed ballast water treatment technologies. I believe it is important to monitor for potentially invasive species of phytoplankton within Galveston Bay. The threat of invasive species transport within ballast water to our region is projected to increase with completion of the Panama Canal set for the later part of 2016. With this increased vessel traffic to the Gulf of Mexico ports it is important to have a thorough understanding of the phytoplankton community which comprises the base of the food web in this highly productive estuarine system.

 

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