Nicholas Huynh

Graduate student, degree program: PhD
Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

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As a member of the Carlson Microbial Oceanography group, I am intrigued by the way marine bacteria govern the movement and distribution of nutrients throughout the ocean basins via their interactions with dissolved organic matter (DOM); I am interested to know the extent to which the microscopic interactions between bacteria and DOM influence both regional and global carbon cycling. In the Santa Barbara Channel, I am exploring the biological availability and character of dissolved organic matter (DOM). My laboratory experiments, using natural and cultivated communities of bacteria, are intended to provide biogeochemical information that will hopefully be useful for the SBC-LTER’s objective to investigate organic matter flux in the coastal ocean.