Bioremediation using Oyster Aquaculture and Marine Parasites of Phytoplankton


Virginia Edgcomb

The Edgcomb laboratory studies the ecology of marine microbial populations in oxygen-depleted water columns and sediments. Our work encompasses studies of marine protists, Fungi, Bacteria and Archaea. We utilize culture-based (studies of physiology and rates of key processes) and molecular (RNA- and DNA-based genomics) approaches, and microscopy (light, EM, and FISH). There are two projects that a summer student fellow could join us in this year. One is a study of the impacts of oyster aquaculture on nitrogen removal at a coastal Cape Cod location. Several different aquaculture methods are being compared, and we are examining nitrogen removal not only by the oysters, but by microbial communities.  This project involves field work and laboratory analyses and there are several aspects of the project that a SSF could get involved in! The second project is examining microbial parasites of phytoplankton and their impact on phytoplankton communities and on releases of organic carbon and nitrogen in a tidal coastal pond very near the laboratory. This project involves lots of field work and laboratory analyses.

Edgcomb Lab