I gained my BSc (Hons) at the Scottish Association for Marine Science in 2018 and have recently graduated with an MSc in marine biodiversity and biotechnology at Heriot-Watt. My previous research has focused on the interactions between marine microalgae and associated bacteria and I have a particular interest in the biotechnological applications of marine microbes.
Marine Oil Snow (MOS): Understanding its formation and role in biodegradation of crude oil
- To understand the formation of MOS with regard to the role of microbial EPS in aggregate assembly
- Measure and quantify crude oil biodegradation rates in MOS particles
- Identify which factors affect crude oil biodegradation rates in MOS
- To assess the formation of axenic MOS particles when crude oil is exposed to EPS extracted from known EPS and oil- degrading bacteria and commercial polysaccharides of known molecular weight and polarity in roller bottle studies
- Use oxygen microprobes in MOS microcosms to measure respiration rates of known isolates and a natural bacterial population and use analytical methods to quantify change within hydrocarbon fractions of crude oil and carbon isotope partitioning within DIC
- Measure respiration and biodegradation rates in MOS when exposed to different bacterial populations, crude oil densities, EPS classifications and the addition of chemical dispersant