Lab Members

Dr. Suzanne Strom

Dr. Strom

Education:

  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA: Ph.D., Biological Oceanography, 1990
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA: M.A., Biology, 1983
  • Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT: B.A., Biology, 1981 (magna cum laude)

Research Interests:

  • Planktonic food web interactions
  • Role of planktonic organisms in marine biogeochemistry
  • Physiology, ecology and functional morphology of marine protozoa

Please see my Current Research link for more information.

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Students

Elizabeth Cooney

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Education:

  • University of Oregon, Eugene, OR: B.S. Marine Biology, 2010

Thesis Title:

The effect of light-induced oxidative stress on dinoflagellate predator-prey interactions

Research Summary:

For my thesis research I aim to determine whether light-induced oxidative stress can have an effect on dinoflagellate predator or prey behavior. This investigation is based on the larger questions of whether reactive oxygen species (ROS) function as signaling molecules and how planktonic interactions may be dictated by environmentaly-induced chemical signals in general.

 

Tyler Spillane

spillat (at) students (dot) wwu (dot) edu

Temporary Liz Photo

Education:

  • University of New England, Biddeford, ME: B.S. Marine Science, 2013

Thesis Title:

Diatom Frustules as a Mechanical Defense Against Predation by Heterotrophic Dinoflagellates

Research Summary:

Diatoms produce a hard external shell, called a frustule, made out of hardened silica from the surrounding environment. My thesis project is examining how that frustule can protect the diatoms from predation by heterotrophic dinoflagellates, a dominant predator of diatoms.  To do this I'm culturing various species of diatoms with thin and thick frustules and feeding them to local dinoflagellates, like Noctiluca scintillans and Gyrodinium, and measuring their ingestion rate.

Research Technologists

Kelley Bright

Kelley Bright

Kelley (dot) Bright (at) wwu (dot) edu

Education:

  • Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA: B.A., Biology, 1988

Primary Focus:

Synechococcus research, microzooplankton cultures

Kerri FredricksonKerri Fredrickson

Kerri (dot) Fredrickson (at) wwu (dot) edu

Education:

  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI: B.S., Biology 2000           
  • Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA: M.S., Biology, 2004

Primary Focus: 

GOA-IERP research

 

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