Research Opportunity: Anita Klein
The Klein lab works with a marine red alga Porphyra umbilicalis, a remarkably stress tolerant organism that grows in the high intertidal zone . Porphyra are closely related to the algae used to make nori, the nutrious seaweed wrapper in sushi. Walker et al. showed that Porphyra could be used to partially replace fish meal in dies for Atlantic Cod (N American J. of Aquaculture 71:39-45 2009). Porphyra can also be used to bioremediate excess nitrogen and phosphorous from recirculating systems finfish aquaculture systems (Day, et al. J. of Phycology 45:31 2009). Our long term goal is to use genetic approaches to select enhanced cultivars of P. umibilicalis for integrated, multitrophic aquaculture. Research activities will emphasize algal cultures, measured of nitrogen uptake, and analysis of gene expression.