Laura Bretherton
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Marine Biology
200 Seawolf Parkway
Bldg# 3029, Room 210
Galveston, TX, 77554 USA

E-mail: lmjbretherton@tamug.edu
Phone: (409) 741-7168

Project:

My research interests are centered around phytoplankton physiology and community ecology, and how they are altered by changing environmental factors. I completed my Ph.D. in Marine Biology at the University of Essex (UK), where I was part of the UK Ocean Acidification Research Program (UKOARP), a national consortium dedicated to bettering our understanding of ocean acidification and its effects on marine organisms and ecosystems. My work focused on how changes in light availability affect the ocean acidification response of coccolithophores, a globally distributed calcifying group of phytoplankton. My postdoctoral work at Galveston is part of the Aggregation and Degradation of Dispersants and Oil by Microbial Exopolymers (ADDOMEx) project, where I will be culturing different species of phytoplankton with different concentrations of crude oil and chemical dispersant to understand how these compounds affect phytoplankton physiology, extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) production and aggregation.

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