The lab's research is focused on phytoplankton as model organisms to address questions related to water, climate and energy. We use quantitative experimental approaches to elucidate the importance of biotic and abiotic factors influencing phytoplankton dynamics (community composition, physiology, ecology) in field and laboratory-settings. It is collaborative, multidisciplinary and international (see publications list). However, does not follow the 20th century paradigm of striving to be the best in a narrowly defined field. Rather, our research paradigm is to continuously generate new ideas and new collaborations and alliances, which is needed to do well in the 21st century. In this way, the research we perform in the lab is capacity building for a new generation, with whom I have a strong commitment.
One of the greatest challenges facing the world today is ensuring an adequate supply and quality of water to meet rapidly increasing human needs whilst securing the continued health of our waterways. The goal of much of the lab's research is to understand and predict interactions between water systems, climate change, land use and ecosystem function and services in estuaries and coasts. We are working predominately in the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston Bay and other Texas bayous to address these concerns, but also have studies with colleagues in other regions of the world. A parallel goal is addressing emerging issues for the 21st century, including but not limited to, the fate and transport of engineered nanoparticles, oil pollutants and other man-made materials in the environment. Phytoplankton are directly and indirectly impacted by these pollutants, such that there is an increased potential for bioaccumulation and biomagnification to higher trophic levels. The potential phytoplankton protective and detoxifying mechanisms are also of interest.
- Nanjappa, D., Liang, Y., Bretherton, L., Brown, C., Quigg, A., Irwin, A. J., & Finkel, Z. V. (2021). Contrasting transcriptomic responses of a microbial eukaryotic community to oil and dispersant. Environmental Pollution. 288, 117774-117774.
- Achberger, A. M., Doyle, S. M., Mills, M. I., Holmes, C. P., Quigg, A., & Sylvan, J. B. (2021). Bacteria-Oil Microaggregates Are an Important Mechanism for Hydrocarbon Degradation in the Marine Water Column. mSystems. 6(5), e01105-e01121.
- Quigg, A., Santschi, P. H., Burd, A., Chin, W., Kamalanathan, M., Xu, C., & Ziervogel, K. (2021). From Nano-Gels to Marine Snow: A Synthesis of Gel Formation Processes and Modeling Efforts Involved with Particle Flux in the Ocean. Gels. 7(3), 114-114.
- Santschi, P. H., Chin, W., Quigg, A., Xu, C., Kamalanathan, M., Lin, P., & Shiu, R. (2021). Marine Gel Interactions with Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Pollutants.. Gels. 7(3), 83-83.
- Quigg, A., Parsons, M., Bargu, S., Ozhan, K., Daly, K. L., Chakraborty, S., ... Buskey, E. J. (2021). Marine phytoplankton responses to oil and dispersant exposures: Knowledge gained since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.. Mar Pollut Bull. 164, 112074-112074.
- Zhang, S., Gao, H., Quigg, A., & Roelke, D. L (2016). Remote sensing of spatial-temporal variations of Chlorophyll-a in Galveston Bay, Texas. 2016 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), IGARSS 2016 - 2016 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. 2016-November, 5841-5844.
- (2011). LIPID PRODUCTION AND PHOTOSYNTHETIC PERFORMANCE AS KEY CHARACTERISTICS TO ANALYZE NITROGEN STRESS-RELATED CHANGES IN TWO MARINE MICROALGAE. JOURNAL OF PHYCOLOGY. 47, S56-S56.
- (2011). Evolutionary inheritance of elemental stoichiometry in phytoplankton.. Proc Biol Sci. 278(1705), 526-534.
- (2009). Gross and net primary production: closing the gap between concepts and measurements. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 56(2-3), 113-122.
- Suggett, D. J., Stambler, N., O, P., Kolber, Z., Quigg, A., Vázquez-Dominguez, E., ... Berman-Frank, I. (2009). Nitrogen and phosphorus limitation of oceanic microbial growth during spring in the Gulf of Aqaba. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 56(2-3), 227-239.
- Lee, Hannah Alyssa (2017-05). Effects of Physical Disturbance on Phytoplankton Diversity and Community Composition in Galveston Bay, TX, during an Extreme Flooding Event. (Master's Thesis)
- Lucchese, Allyson Elizabeth Burgess (2017-05). Phytoplankton Dynamics in Galveston Bay: Assessing Responses to Freshwater Inflows. (Master's Thesis)
- Windham, Rachel (2015-12). Rangia as Potential Indicators of Bay Health. (Master's Thesis)
- Shepard, Alicia Kail (2015-08). Responses of Heterotrophic and Autotrophic Pico- and Nano-Plankton to Nutrient Availability and Enrichment across Marine Systems in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. (Doctoral Dissertation)
- Zhao, Yan (2014-12). Phytoplankton Dynamics in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (NGOM): Field and Laboratory Experiments. (Doctoral Dissertation)