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 lab has been very busy this summer with a lot of field work and new collaborations! This last May we worked aboard the R/V Atlantic Explorer, in collaboration with Dr. Amy Maas from the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences (BIOS), with the goal of studying the microbiome of zooplankton fecal pellets and the link to diel vertical migrations/circadian rhythms. We were also testing the role of zooplankton in particle formation and aggregation of Sargasso Sea plankton communities. The Neuer Lab’s role was to sample zooplankton fecal pellets all-around-the-clock, as well as perform the zooplankton-amended aggregation experiments. Check out the article on this expedition featured in The Bermudian Magazine! In June we were back aboard the R/V AE out in the Sargasso Sea to sample intact sinking particles using gel traps! The picked particles will be subjected to amplicon sequencing analyses, as well as microscopy using FISH-probes in collaboration with Dr. Rachel Parsons and the Microbial Ecology Laboratory... read more
This past February the lab showcased their research at ASLO’s 2019 Aquatic Sciences Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Neuer presented a poster on results of optical (satellite and drone derived) data from one of Arizona’s water reservoirs, Saguaro Lake. Kassandra presented a poster on the degradation and deposition of microplastic particles. Bianca gave a talk on the characterization of sinking particles from the Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS)... read more
Our research on the aggregation of marine picophytoplankton was acknowledged and described on a featured article in the March 2019 issue of ASU’s “Thrive” magazine. The article was also featured in ASU Now and on ASU’s homepage! Click here to access the article ... read more