My role in Villefranche Mesocosms
During my 5 weeks in Villefranche, myself and Lisa Al-Moosawi will be taking a variety of samples in order to monitor nitrogen cycling within the mesocosms; namely nitrification (ammonium oxidation), nitrate uptake & nitrogen fixation. We will also be collecting samples in order for colleagues at University California Santa Cruz to check for the presence of the nifH gene (the gene involved in nitrogen fixation).
More about my research
I am a Masters of Research student from Plymouth University working at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) with Andy Ress and Lisa Al-Moosawi.
PML undertakes leading international research to respond to societal needs and to promote stewardship of the world ocean.
PML’s science is concerned with:
• increasing knowledge and understanding of the marine environment and
• designing tools and evidence based solutions for its practical management.
PML provides capability for observing, modelling, understanding and forecasting marine ecosystems.
Operating in an interdisciplinary way PML is uniquely placed to undertake research, provide advice and deliver outcomes on the key challenges facing society in relation to global change and sustainability of marine ecosystems.
Andy Rees is a senior scientist at PML. He has extensive experience within the field of marine nutrient cycling and phytoplankton productivity, initially on extensive field surveys of the estuarine and oceanic distribution of denitrification and nitrous oxide and more recently on the pelagic uptake and flux of nitrogen with respect to bacterial and phytoplankton productivity. His published papers relate to expertise in the use of relevant analytical procedures including stable isotope mass spectrometry, gas chromatography and nutrient autoanalysis).
Lisa Al-Moosawi is an analytical chemist who works with Andy Rees on nitrogen cycling & has experience in a wide variety of analytical techniques from her initial work in industry and latterly in research science.