I am a technician in Gabrielle’s lab. In addition to ordering supplies and doing other lab manager type tasks, I also get to do some research.
Over the past two years I have coordinated and participated in 11 2-5 day cruises and many other one day trips in Puget Sound and Hood Canal. Our goal is to better understand the bacterial communities, both heterotrophic and photosynthetic, in order to lend insight into the low dissolved oxygen problem in Hood Canal. We took samples to measure the dissolved nutrients, bacterial abundance, dissolved oxygen, bacterial respiration, and bacterial production. We also took filters to use the molecular techniques ARISA to look at bacterial diversity and QPCR to look at Synechococcus diversity. Currently I am working on troubleshooting and processing the ARISA samples.