The Neuer lab team includes undergraduate, graduate students, and post-docs studying the link between plankton diversity, trophic dynamics and the biological carbon pump in the modern and ancient oceans.
PhD student position available in new NSF project: “Zooplankton mediation of particle flux” in collaboration with Leocadio Blanco-Bercial and Amy Maas, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
We will study the role that planktonic animals such as copepods, krill and diverse pelagic mollusks, salps and even protistan grazers have in particle formation in the ocean. This question is important for our understanding of the oceanic ‘biological carbon pump’, the export of dissolved and particulate organic carbon to the deep ocean, which is a significant driver of the atmospheric carbon uptake by the oceans.
We were at the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting, which took place in San Diego, CA this past February. Kassie gave a talk on her latest paper, showcasing her results on the microbial communities that grow on different types of microplastics in the Caribbean Sea (check out...
New paper in Limnology and Oceanography Letters on microplastic-associated marine microbial communities
Check out Kassie's paper on the prokaryotic and eukaryotic communities that grow on microplastics deployed in the Caribbean Sea: Microbial colonization of microplastics in the Caribbean Sea The paper was also featured on ASU Now, check out the article here