The Neuer lab team includes undergraduate, graduate students and post-docs studying the link between plankton diversity, trophic dynamics and the biological carbon pump in the modern and ancient oceans.
The Neuer group’s latest achievement has been featured in a Biodesign Institute news story and on ASU Now, as the first laboratory group to receive a research grant in the new Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics. This center’s mission involves the study of the structure and function of complex microbial systems, with the Neuer Lab’s focus being on the oceanic microbiome. The $687,521 National Science Foundation’s Biological Oceanography grant will allow the Neuer group, in collaboration with Associate Professor Dr. Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz, to expand upon their research on the aggregation of pico-phytoplankton by incorporating both laboratory and field investigations – which will help shed light to the potential contribution that the eukaryotic fraction of pico-phytoplankton may have on the oceanic biological carbon pump in oligotrophic ocean regions. The newsletters can be found here: Biodesign Institute News ASU... read more
Neuer Lab graduate students Kassandra Dudek and Bianca Cruz have recently taken off to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Bocas Del Toro, Panama to conduct research on microplastics — a category of anthropogenic pollutants of ever-increasing concern. The focus of the research is to study the influence that marine microbial communities may have on the removal of these particles, how they may contribute to the settling of phyto- and bacterioplankton to depth, as well as microbial and UV degradation of plastics. In collaboration with Dr. Beth Polidoro, an Environmental Chemist at the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, they will also study the potential chemical pollutants adsorbed by these particles, which pose threats to the local marine food web and human societies. This research is being funded by ASU’s Global Development Research Program in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Want to learn more? Follow their research and adventures through Kassandra’s... read more
This year, the ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting was held in the beautiful city of Honolulu in Hawai’i! PI Dr. Susanne Neuer gave a very insightful and well-received talk on sediment trap material composition, as well as the relative contribution of marine cyanobacteria and protists in these traps from the Sargasso Sea. Master’s student Bianca Cruz presented a poster on the influence of heterotrophic bacteria on transparent exopolymeric particle production and subsequent aggregation and sinking of the ubiquitous marine picocyanobacteria Synechococcus and Prochlorococcus. We look forward to the next ASM meeting in... read more