Susanne Neuer’s research bridges biogeochemistry and plankton ecology and is focused on the biological carbon pump, its relationship to plankton community composition and surface productivity, the role of Saharan desert dust and deep particle advection.
Neuer has participated in more than 25 cruises, five as chief scientist. Her research group has published articles on the biological carbon pump and nutrient budgets of the eastern and western subtropical Atlantic. They have applied DNA-based molecular techniques to help decipher the contributors to particle flux. Her group also studies the role of sea ice organisms in the carbon cycle of the Arctic.
She teaches oceanography, ecology, environmental life sciences and marine biology. Read Susanne’s CV
Bianca Nahir Cruz
I am a second year Environmental Life Sciences PhD student exploring the mechanisms by which pico-phytoplankton contribute to the ocean’s biological carbon pump. My research interests also involve the microbial ecology of sinking particles.
I am a third-year Environmental Life Science PhD student. I am currently interested in pursuing research on how anthropogenic pollutants, namely microplastics, at the ocean surface impact microbial community composition and function, or vice-versa. I am also interested in how phytoplankton aggregation enhances the export of microplastics, which act as an artificial microbial reef, from the surface layer and how that enhancement could impact carbon cycling.
I joined Dr. Neuer’s lab in the fall of 2015 and started as a volunteer. Now, I am a SOLUR apprentice and currently working towards a Bachelors in Microbiology. Currently, I am working with Bianca Cruz to investigate how heterotrophic bacteria affect the aggregation of the marine pico-cyanobacteria Synechococcus and Prochlorococcus. This will help uncover a bit of the complexity behind the biological carbon pump and provide insight into the intricate interactions between marine microbes. In future endeavors, I would like to learn more about how to increase the aggregation of these cyanobacteria to sequester more carbon, find the feasibility of how this can impact the biochemistry of the biological pump, and the potential as an alternative energy source.
I am a senior undergraduate student in Microbiology. As a member of Dr. Neuer’s lab, I have been maintaining cultures and helping with on-going experiments which focus on the interactions between pico-phytoplankton and their environment (clay minerals, heterotrophic bacteria), as well as their potential contribution to the biological carbon pump. I hope to explore how pico-phytoplankton aggregates form differently in axenic and xenic conditions, as well as what mechanisms may lead to these differences.
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