My role in Villefranche MedSeA Mesocosms
During the experiments myself and Alex Vincent 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).
My thoughts on the trip
Having participated in the last MedSeA mesocosm experiment in Stareso, Corsica, it will be good to catch up with the “Mesocosm Community” & welcome new members!
The 10 °C difference in water temperature between the mesocosms is slightly worrying, however, being used to the wet & windy conditions in South West England this should not be too much of a problem (hopefully!).
More about my research
I am a scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML; http://www.pml.ac.uk/). 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.
I currently work as an analytical chemist with Andy Rees on nitrogen cycling & have experience of a wide variety of analytical techniques from my initial work in industry and latterly in research science.
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).