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(A. Sprenger)


EDUCATION

2010                Ph.D., Biological Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • Dissertation title: Ecological investigations of genetic diversity in the diatom genus Pseudo-nitzschia (Advisor Dr. Ginger Armbrust)

2005                M.S., Biological Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • Presentation and paper title: Development and use of Automated rRNA Intergenic Spacer Analysis (ARISA) to assess Pseudo-nitzschia diversity in Pacific Northwest waters (Advisor Dr. Ginger Armbrust)

2002                B.A., Biology, New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL

  • Thesis title: Responses of Lake Michigan phytoplankton to iron and other nutrient additions (Thesis advisor Dr. Sandra Gilchrist, project advisor Dr. Harvey Bootsma)

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2010-2012       Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, mentored by Dr. Donald Anderson and Dr. Dennis McGillicuddy

  • Investigating how physical processes in the Gulf of Maine current system impact community diversity and toxicity in field populations of the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia

2002-2010       Research assistant, Center for Environmental Genomics, University of Washington, mentored by Dr. Ginger Armbrust

  • Conducted dissertation research on the molecular ecology of toxigenic diatoms in the Eastern Pacific

2008-2010       Researcher, NSF-funded exchange between the Woods Hole and Pacific Northwest Centers for Human Health and Ocean Studies

  • Coordinated sampling on the West coast and participated in a research exchange with GOMTOX scientists

2008-2009       Lead trainee, NOAA Pacific Northwest Oceans and Human Health Initiative Graduate Traineeship

2008-2009       Coordinator of Sanger DNA sequencing facility at Center for Environmental Genomics, University of Washington

  • Conducted and monitored genotyping and sequencing analysis, performed maintenance and troubleshooting

2008                Researcher, NSF-funded “International Research Experience for Students: Ecology and Evolution of Marine Photosynthetic Organisms”, Station Biologique de Roscoff, FR

  • Coordinated and conducted field survey of toxigenic diatoms

2002                Instructor, Marine Science Consortium, Wallops Island, VA

  • Taught 3-4 day coastal ecology workshops

2001                Research assistant (Research Experience for Undergraduates), Great Lakes WATER Institute, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, mentored by Dr. Harvey Bootsma

  • Conducted experiments on iron limitation of phytoplankton in Lake Michigan 

1999-2002       Laboratory assistant, Allyn Museum of Entomology, Sarasota, FL

  • Prepared specimens of Lepidoptera for taxonomic analysis

 

PUBLICATIONS

Hubbard, K.A., Ellis, C.H., Fernandes, L.F., Keafer, B.A., Richlen, M., Erdner, D.L., McGillicuddy, D.J., Smith, K., Anderson, D.M., Armbrust, E.V. (in prep). Transitions in Pseudo-nitzschia community structure at Georges Bank during 2008. 

 

Hubbard, K.A., Haring, D., Knight, M., Ellis, C.H., and Armbrust, E.V. (in prep). Seasonal and spatial patterns of variability in Pacific Northwest Pseudo-nitzschia communities.

 

Hubbard, K.A., and Armbrust, E.V. (in review). Biophysical influences on Pseudo-nitzschia community structure in the estuary Puget Sound. Limnology & Oceanography.

 

Ribalet, F., Marchetti, A., Hubbard, K.A., Brown, K., Durkin, C.A., Morales, R. Robert, M., Swalwell, J., Tortell, P.D., van den Engh, G., Armbrust, E.V. 2010. Unveiling a phytoplankton hotspot at a narrow boundary between coastal and offshore waters. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 107:16571-6.

 

Hubbard, K. A., Rocap, G. & Armbrust, E. V. 2008. Inter- and intraspecific community structure within the diatom genus Pseudo-nitzschia (Bacillariophyceae). Journal of Phycology 44:637–649.

 

Marchetti, A., Lundholm, N., Kotaki, Y., Hubbard, K., Harrison, P. J. & Armbrust, E. V. 2008. Identification and assessment of domoic acid production in oceanic Pseudo-nitzschia (Bacillariophyceae) from iron-limited waters in the northeast subarctic Pacific. Journal of Phycology 44:650-661.

 

Erdner, D.L., Dyble, J., Parsons, M.L., Stevens, R.C.,  Hubbard, K.A., Wrabel, M.L., Moore, S.K., Lefebvre, K.A., Anderson, D.M., Bienfang, P., Bidigare, R.R., Parker, M.S., Moeller, P., Brand, L.E., and Trainer, V.L. 2008. Centers for Oceans and Human Health: a unified approach to the challenge of harmful algal blooms. Environmental Health 7:S2.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Awarded the Doherty Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2010-2012
  • Awarded NOAA Oceans and Human Health Graduate Continuation Traineeship, 2008
  • Awarded NSF-funded “International Research Experience for Students: Ecology and Evolution of Marine Photosynthetic Organisms”, Station Biologique de Roscoff, FR, May-July, 2008
  • Best poster presentation, 12th International Conference on Harmful Algae, Copenhagen, DK, 2005
  • Dean A. McManus Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Washington School of Oceanography, 2005

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Instructor, Ocean Inquiry Project (NPO, www.oceaninquiryproject.org), 2005-present
  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Oceanography, University of Washington, Spring 2005
  • Instructor, Coastal Ecology, Marine Science Consortium, Wallops Island, VA, Spring-Summer 2002

 

INVITED LECTURES

  • Guest lecture, “From microbes to mammals- An overview of Vancouver Island biology,” Oceanography Senior Capstone Class, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2010 
  • Guest lecture, “Diversity in toxic diatoms,” Ocean 430 Biological Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2009
  • Guest lecture, “Pacific Northwest Harmful Algal Blooms,” Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA), Edmonds, WA.

 

STUDENT SUPERVISION

Undergraduates

Ben Gilmore (2004-2005)

Liz Cady (2006)

Claire Ellis (2006-2009, also mentored senior thesis)

April Bailey (2007-2009, also mentored senior thesis)

Hazel Lozano (2008)

Postgraduates

Dave Randle (2005)

Claire Ellis (2009-present)

 

PRESENTATIONS
Hubbard, K.A., Ellis, C.H., and Armbrust, E.V. 2010. Molecular detection and insights into differentiation of Eastern Pacific Pseudo-nitzschia communities from the open ocean to the Puget Sound estuary. The North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) Annual Meeting, Portland, OR (oral).

Carlson, M., Guannel, M., Hubbard, K.A., Port, J., and Turner, J. 2010. Connecting researchers in oceans and human health (OHH): the OHHI traineeship program of the Pacific Northwest Consortium. NOAA Oceans and Human Health Initiative National Advisory Panel Meeting, Washington, D.C. (poster).

Hubbard, K.A. 2010. Ecological investigations of diversity in the toxigenic marine diatom Pseudo-nitzschia. NOAA Oceans and Human Health Initiative National Review Panel Site Visit, Seattle, WA (oral).

Hubbard, K.A. and Armbrust, E.V. 2010. Biophysical processes structure the toxigenic diatom Pseudo-nitzschia in the Puget Sound estuary. ASLO/AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR (oral).

Hubbard, K.A., and Armbrust, E.V. 2009. “Potential links between hydrography, diversity, and distribution patterns of Pseudo-nitzschia communities in the Puget Sound estuary.” Fifth Symposium on Harmful Algae in the U.S., Ocean Shores, WA (oral).

Bailey, A.J.S., Hubbard, K.A., and Armbrust, E.V. 2009. “Spatial distribution of Pseudo-nitzschia ITS1 types detected with ARISA in Glacier Bay, Alaska.” Fifth Symposium on Harmful Algae in the U.S., Ocean Shores, WA (poster).

Ellis, C.H., Hubbard K.A., Fernandes, L.F., Keafer, B.A., Richlen, M., Erdner, D.L., McGillicuddy, D.J., Anderson, D.M., Armbrust, E.V. 2009. “Diversity and distribution patterns of Pseudo-nitzschia species off the United States NE coast during Summer 2008.” Fifth Symposium on Harmful Algae in the U.S., Ocean Shores, WA (poster).

Hubbard, K.A., and Armbrust, E.V. 2009. “Links between hydrography, diversity, and distribution patterns of Pseudo-nitzschia communities in Puget Sound.” NOAA Oceans and Human Health Initiative Student Trainee Symposium, Seattle, WA (oral).

Hubbard, K.A., and Armbrust, E.V. 2008. “Genetic structure in toxic blooms of Pseudo-nitzschia.” Presented at the13th International Conference on Harmful Algae, Hong Kong, CN (poster) and at the NOAA Oceans and Human Health Initiative PI Meeting, Seattle, WA (2009).

Hubbard, K.A., and Armbrust, E.V. 2008. “Structure in toxic and non-toxic Pseudo-nitzschia  communities in the Pacific Northwest.” Oceans and Human Health Seminar Series, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (oral). 

Hubbard, K.A., and Armbrust, E.V. 2008. “Insights on genetic diversity in toxic blooms of the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia.” Graduate Research Seminar at Gordon Conference for Oceans and Human Health, Colby, N.H. (invited speaker).

Hubbard, K.A., and Armbrust, E.V. 2008. “Patterns of inter- and intraspecific diversity in Pacific Northwest Pseudo-nitzschia.” Gordon Conference for Oceans and Human Health, Tilton, N.H. (poster).

Hubbard, K.A. 2008. “Ecological investigations of diversity in the diatom genus Pseudo-nitzschia.” Special seminar, French Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), Brest, France (oral).  

Hubbard, K.A. 2008. “Diversity in the diatom genus Pseudo-nitzschia.” Seminar, Station Biologique de Roscoff, FR (oral).

Hubbard, K.A., Banas, N., Armbrust, E.V. 2008. “Pseudo-nitzschia community structure in the estuary Puget Sound, WA.” ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting, Orlando, FL  (poster).

Hubbard, K.A., Rocap, G., Armbrust, E.V. 2006. “Molecular detection and diversity of Pseudo-nitzschia populations from the North American West Coast.” 12th International Conference on Harmful Algae, Copenhagen, DK (poster).

Parker, M. S., Newton, J., Von Dassow, P., Marohl, R. L., Holtermann, K. E., Berthiaume, C., Marchetti, A., Iverson, V., Wrabel, M., Hubbard, K., Gilmore, B., Williams, C. M., Rocap, G., Armbrust, E.V. 2006. “Phytoplankton community responses to nutrient amendments in Hood Canal, WA.” ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting, Victoria, BC (poster).

Hubbard, K.A., Holtermann, K., Horner-Devine, M.C., Rocap, G., Armbrust, E.V. 2006. Use of rRNA Intergenic Spacer Analysis (ARISA) to assess Pseudo-nitzschia diversity in Pacific Northwest waters.” Presented at the 2nd Annual Joint Meeting of the NOAA, NSF/NIEHS centers for Human Health, Seattle, WA and at ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI (poster).

Hubbard, K.A., Rocap, G., Armbrust, E.V. 2005. “West Coast Pseudo-nitzschia species distinguished by polymorphisms in the internal transcribed spacer 1 (ITS1).” Third Symposium on Harmful Algae in the U.S., Monterey, CA (poster). 

Orellana, M.V., Hubbard, K.A., Armbrust, E.V., Trainer, V., van den Engh, G. 2005. “Flow cytometric analysis of domoic acid in single cells.” 3rd Symposium on Harmful Algae in the US, Monterey, CA (poster). 

Hubbard, K.A., Orellana, M.V., Peterson, T.W., Bill, B.D., Armbrust, E.V. 2005. “Molecular and physiological differentiation of Pseudo-nitzschia pungens from coastal and inland waters of Washington State.” ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT (poster). 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (member)
  • American Geophysical Union (member)
  • International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (member)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coordinated 1st annual student symposium at US HAB Symposium, Ocean Shores, WA, 2009
  • Assistant in coordination of student symposium at NOAA Oceans and Human Health Initiative PI meeting, Seattle, WA, 2009
  • Conducted outreach, including presentations on phytoplankton, HABs, Puget Sound circulation, microscopy, and molecular techniques in oceanography to local high school and college students, and to traditionally under-represented groups including the Korean Women’s Association, Multicultural Initiative in the Marine Sciences: Undergraduate Participation (MIMSUP) and Making Connections  
  • Reviewer: Journal of Phycology, Oregon Sea Grant

FIELD EXPERIENCE

2009    Conducted 3-day survey of Pseudo-nitzschia distribution patterns in Puget Sound as part of Oceans and Human Health cruise (R/V Thompson) 

2008    Conducted 7-day survey of Pseudo-nitzschia distribution patterns in the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine as part of GOMTOX, and assisted with standard sampling for Alexandrium fundyense (R/V Endeavor)

2008    Conducted 7-week time series of Pseudo-nitzschia distribution patterns in the English Channel and Penzé Estuary, FR (Mysis

2006    Conducted 4-day survey of Pseudo-nitzschia distribution and hydrographic properties in Puget Sound as part of the Puget Sound Regional Synthesis Model semi-annual cruise (R/V Thompson)

 2005    Conducted multiple shore-based samplings of Pseudo-nitzschia distributions in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca during two toxic blooms (wetsuit) 

2005    Conducted 7-day survey of Pseudo-nitzschia distributions in Vancouver Island coastal waters and filtered for DOM analysis (R/V Barnes

2004    Conducted 1-day survey of Pseudo-nitzschia distribution patterns in Puget Sound as part of Oceans and Human Health cruise (R/V Thompson) 

2004    Assisted with CTD operations on 14-day Pacific Northwest ECOHAB cruise (R/V Wecoma). 

2004    Assisted with piston and box coring of marine sediment from Vancouver Island waters (R/V Barnes). 

2002    Conducted chlorophyll a analysis for 7-day survey of southern Lake Michigan (R/V Neeskay)     

 

 

 

 



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