I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon, Department of Biology, located at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB).
My research is focused on trophic relationships between algae and creatures at the base of marine, estuarine, and lake food webs. I use fatty acid biomarkers, experiments, and models to infer which resources are critical for supporting creatures living aquatic habitats.
Why does this matter? Aquatic ecosystems host a diverse flora of phytoplankton, seaweeds, and seagrasses, which synthesize 'essential' omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Zooplankton, fish, orcas, and even humans ultimately rely upon algae to generate these molecules for all food webs.
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