Associate Research Scientist

Name
Charles Tilney

Position
Associate Research Scientist

Section
Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration – Harmful Algal Blooms

Education
B.S. Marine Biology & Oceanography, University of Plymouth, UK
M.Res. Ocean Sciences, University of Southampton, UK
Ph.D. Marine Biosciences, University of Delaware, USA

Research Interests
Phytoplankton physiology and ecology (especially of dinoflagellates), harmful algal bloom dynamics (especially related to diel vertical migration and interspecific interactions).

Current Activity
I’m currently working on developing molecular assays (t-RFLP, qPCR) for the detection of potentially harmful pico- and nano-phyoplankton, with the goal of incorporating these new methods into existing monitoring efforts. I’m interested in evaluating the physiological and ecological drivers of Karenia brevis growth in nature, using comprehensive lab and field studies that combine traditional and molecular techniques.



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