Penn State Schuylkill's Faculty Research Series provides an opportunity for faculty to discuss their current research projects. Seminars will be held monthly and delivered via Zoom.
Hungry, hungry microbes: How carnivorous algae can change the microbial landscape
Presented by Sarah Princiotta
Aquatic ecosystems are home to a diverse community of microscopic organisms that form the base of our food web. Cyanobacteria, or “blue green algae,” are a natural component of the aquatic community and are among the most ancient evolutionary lineages. Despite their ecological significance, dense proliferations of cyanobacteria are increasingly common in freshwater ecosystems across the globe. These “bloom” events pose serious public health risks, as many cyanobacteria can produce harmful toxins. Dr. Sarah Princiotta, assistant professor of biology, will discuss her research into the dynamics and drivers of cyanobacteria blooms. Her current work explores ways in which trophic interactions between microbes can promote the reduction and biodegradation of cyanobacterial toxins. During this presentation, Dr. Princiotta will highlight the future of her research program at Penn State Schuylkill and address potential projects for undergraduate students.