In the lab, I run experiments to gain more information about potential markers of nutrient physiology in field populations. I grow phytoplankton under different nutrient concentrations and environmental parameters and investigate their physiological and molecular response.
I use a variety of tools to investigate my research questions. I use microscopy to identify and quantify phytoplankton groups in the water. I also use physiological tools, such as enzyme assays, to study phytoplankton physiology. And I use the latest high-throughput molecular tools, such as DNA and RNA sequencing, tools only used in medicine research until recently and which are opening a new research field in oceanography. We are starting to reveal patterns and answer questions we could not have imagined some years back.