Biological Sciences: Integrative and Organismal Biology M.S. Spotlight

Oxidized and reduced forms of nitrogen are the most common and costly input nutrient that often limits carbon assimilation in plants. The forms of nitrogen present in plants are nitrate and ammonium, which are very mobile in the soil. N (especially as NO3) is also the cause of significant...
My master’s research focuses on the formation, persistence, and toxicity of deep-water layers of cyanobacteria in some of these clear-water lakes in New Hampshire and aims to answer an important part of the broader question of when do cyanobacteria blooms produce toxins. New Hampshire boasts some...
My work aims to begin understanding the relationship between cyanobacteria density and toxicity in the water versus the air, and the factors that increase or decrease their aerosolization. I will be investigating the cyanotoxins microcystins, liver toxins, and BMAA, a neurotoxin. This will be an...
My research focuses on the transfer of cyanobacteria toxins from lakes to food plants via direct exposure to lake water at the roots as well as  indirect indirect exposure via aerosolized toxins deposited on plant surfaces.  Specifically, I am focusing on the cyanobacteria toxin Microcystin, a...