Pia H. Moisander
Professor of Biology
Professor of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences
pmoisander at umassd dot edu
Kenneth Boyle, MS student in Marine Biology
Thesis topic: Mechanisms in early colonization of marine biofilms
Abhishek Naik, PhD student in Marine Science and Technology
I am interested in how bacteria and eukaryotes respond to disturbance when they are a part of complex microbial communities. My research considers such communities within marine biofilms, and asks how strong local disturbance can alter biofilm development. We grow coastal biofilms in-situ, and disturb them using novel, sustainable antifouling technologies being developed by collaborating engineering groups. Can we discover patterns of community resistance or recovery to better understand the success of the biofilm lifestyle? Which biofilm organisms or organismal associations are particularly resistant, and which are crucial for community recovery? I address these questions using bulk biomass, amplicon sequencing, and metagenomics approaches.
Lucy Manlick, MS student in Marine Biology
Microbial communities in microplastics. Metagenomics, flow cytometry.
Emma Steedman, MS student in Marine Biology
Environmental controls of marine non-cyanobacterial diazotrophs
Isabell Hunter, lab management
Alumni – graduate students
Stephanie Richard, M.S., Marine Biology. Thesis: “Impact of Climate Change on Copepod Microbiome”
Katyanne Shoemaker. PhD. Marine Science and Technology; M.S. in Marine Biology.
Ryan Nuttall. M.S. in Marine Science and Technology and M.S. in Marine Biology
Rosemary Scavotto. M.S. in Marine Biology
Sarah Holmes. M.S. in Marine Biology
Meaghan Daley. M.S. in Marine Science (UMass Boston) (co-advisee)