Author: Natalie

MSc Research Project (Marine and Molecular Biology)

“Development of a copper resistance determinant as a selectable marker in genetic transformation of marine picocyanobacteria” • Collected bacterial samples from an estuary, conducted copper-resistance assays, and evaluated species composition using 16s rRNA PCR • Verified efficacy of determinant by transforming a copper sensitive E. coli strain and plating it on copper gradient diffusion plates […]

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BS Biology-Honors Thesis Project (Aquatic Toxicology)

“The effect of caffeine and paraxanthine on the growth, mobility, fecundity, and mortality of a freshwater snail, Physa acuta” (08/2013 – 05/2015) • Demonstrated that caffeine and paraxanthine are inversely correlated with snail fecundity • Further examined respiration rates of bacteria when exposed to stimulants to develop a broader understanding of P. acuta’s environment

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NSF REU (Coastal Ecology + Sea Level Rise)

Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research, Sapelo Island, Georgia (2014) • Collaborated with a team and analyzed effects of saltwater intrusion on coastal marshes           ° Research included:  plant biomass, distribution, and gas exchange, invertebrate sampling, soil quality sampling, datasonde maintenance, GIS/GPS           ° Research locations:  […]

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