Laura R. Markley

Biological Scientist

Laura MarkleyName
Laura R. Markley

Biological Scientist

Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration – Harmful Algal Blooms

B.A. Biology, Florida Gulf Coast University
B.A. Marine Science, Florida Gulf Coast University

Research Interests
Harmful Algal Blooms, phytoplankton ecology, and phytoplankton taxonomy

Current Activity
I use light microscopy to classify and enumerate phytoplankton in water samples collected throughout the state of Florida to monitor for the presence of HAB species.

As an M.S. student at Florida Gulf Coast University, I am examining phytoplankton population dynamics in the Caloosahatchee estuary in Fort Myers, Florida.

FWC Facts:
Seagrasses occupy only 0.1 percent of the sea floor, yet are responsible for 12 percent of the organic carbon buried in the ocean, which helps reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide.

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