I have just completed the requirements for my Biology: Ecology, Evolution & Conservation degree with a minor in Environmental Science & Terrestrial Resource Management at the University of Washington. I love science and learning about the world around me and am most interested in studying whole system ecology with an emphasis on how organisms within an ecosystem evolve together over time. Whether I have been researching interactions of Pseudomonas fluorescence bacteria with wheat roots to protect crops or raven and wolf associations in Yellowstone National Park – I seek to understand and quantify how the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This was why I was thrilled to be selected for the Ocean Acidification Apprenticeship. I will be working to measure the quantity and diversity of bacteria present in the mesocosms and the impacts of different treatments to their community. I will also be measuring the levels of dissolved organic carbon and particulate organic carbon to measure their efficiency as the conditions change. This work will be a first step in predicting the changes to the ocean biomes and its inhabitants under warmer and more acidic conditions. Science rocks!
Andrew is currently a junior at the University of Washington and is majoring in Oceanography and minoring in chemistry. He will be in charge of measuring the dissolved oxygen in the mesocosms as well as sampling incubation bottles in order to observe the Net Community Production (NCP). This is his first time to Friday Harbor and couldn’t be more excited about the study.
Kelly is a sophomore at the University of Washington majoring in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences with a minor in Marine Biology. While at the labs, she looks forward to exploring the island and taking a lot of photographs. Within the mesocosm experiment, Kelly is studying the rates of phytoplankton growth and microzooplankton grazing by using an experimental technique called the dilution method.
B.S., M.S., Florida Institute of Technology
I am a PhD student in the Biology Department at Florida Institute of Technology. Many of the projects in our laboratory are centered around the interactions between the ecology, physiology, and behavior of larval crustaceans. We have specific interests in the impacts changing climate has on the growth and survivorship of larval and juvenile crabs. My project for the ocean acidification apprenticeship will quantify the abundance and biomass of the microzooplankton populations under high pCO2/low pH conditions.
Daneil is excited to be working on the mesocosms with such amazing peers! Her experiment compares transparent exopolymer particle (TEP) cycling of in situ ocean conditions to the ocean acidification conditions predicted for the future. She’s been having the best time exploring San Juan Island, taking pictures of the beautiful scenery and biota she encounters. In her free time, Daneil enjoys reading fantasy novels and feminist literature, practicing accessible baking, and creating abstract artwork.
Natsuko is a biology and art student at the University of Washington. Her interests include wildlife conservation and herpetology, and in her free time she enjoys reading, drawing and printmaking. During the course of the experiment, she will be measuring total phytoplankton biomass by analyzing the amount of chlorophyll present in the bags.
I’m a 22 year old transfer student to the UW studying Oceanography. I was born in Washington, transplanted to Arizona and promptly moved back to the Pacific Northwest after high school. My interests outside of school include: film photography, going on long walks, being near the water, and taking baths. My research during the mesocosm experiment will entail measuring biogenic silica as well as quantifying any morphological changes the diatoms experience using a scanning electron microscope.
Amy is majoring in Environmental Science and Resource Management at the University of Washington. For the mesocosm experiment, she will be working on phytoplankton community and abundance. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, arts and crafts, and hanging with her dogs.