Research Scientist

Alina CorcoranName
Alina Corcoran

Research Scientist

Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration – Harmful Algal Blooms

B.A. Biology with a specialization in marine science, Boston University
M.S. Marine Science, University of Alabama
Ph.D. Biology, University of California Los Angeles

Research Interests
Phytoplankton and HAB ecology, biological oceanography, trait-based ecology, predator-prey relationships

Current Activity
I lead the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research subsection, which conducts routine and event-driven HAB monitoring in Florida’s coastal ecosystems to support management decisions that protect environmental and human health. My vision for the program is to better understand the drivers of HABs through robust field- and laboratory-based research. To help management efforts, I aim to increase sample throughput by relying on new technologies and disseminate synthesized and timely products. I am currently exploring ecological questions related to Pyrodinium bahamense and Karenia brevis with my team members. 

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