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Vanessa Strohm

Master's Student

Email [[v|vrstrohm]]
Phone :  (804) 684-7966
Office :  Andrews 419
Department :  AHS
Advisor {{, Juliette Smith}}


Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology and Environmental Science, University of New Haven (CT), 2019


Research Interests

I am interested in the drivers of harmful algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay. The species I am focusing on is Dinophysis, which produces toxins that can accumulate in filter feeding organisms and lead to Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning in humans. Through the use of an Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB) and Solid Phase Adsorption Toxin Tracking (SPATT) discs, my lab is able to track species and toxin abundance over time in the York River, Chesapeake Bay. My lab has also established numerous species of Dinophysis in culture, so I am able to manipulate these cultures under different experimental conditions to tease apart the factors contributing to Dinophysis abundance in the Bay.