Summer in the Sargasso Sea

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...
ASLO 2014

ASLO 2014

In February the Neuer lab left the desert behind and went to the annual ocean sciences meeting (ASLO) in Honolulu. All of the graduate students presented on their research and Logan Monks (one of the undergrads working in the lab) also presented a poster. These meetings are a great way for students to gain new insight into many other projects that are going on around the world. The meeting was busy and informative and a great way to meet and mingle with other marine scientists, but we also found some time to see the ocean and experience a coral reef at Hanauma Bay which is established as a nature preserve in Hawaii. This year the Neuer lab contributed to the conference by presenting three posters and one talk. Wei Deng and Logan Monks presented posters on aggregation of Synechococcus and sinking characteristics with additions of different types of clays. Francesca De Martini had a poster looking at the growth and grazing rate of pico and nano phytoplankton community and its link to the carbon export in the Sargasso Sea. Kyle Kinzler presented his findings from research looking at diatoms and other organisms that reside in the land fast sea ice based in the Arctic...
The breathing Ocean

The breathing Ocean

Check this recent article from ASU’s “Research Matters” series on our lab’s s work investigating the biological carbon pump in the Sargasso Sea