Graduate Student Position in Toxic Cyanobacteria Bloom Ecology

Louisiana State University, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences


Phytoplankton Ecology Lab at LSU – Dr. Sibel Bargu

If you are interested in toxic cyanobacteria algal blooms, field work, ecotoxicology, and coastal hydrodynamics, please consider applying.

Research Aims:

Our overall project goal is to characterize and define variability of current water and sediment quality in response to human alterations and climate/weather events for assessment of habitat suitability for toxic cyanobacteria blooms.

Specific goals are: (1) to assess the impact and interactions amongst the environmental and physicochemical factors triggering the development of cyanobacterial blooms in Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, a system that is currently influenced by freshwater pulses from the Bonnet Carré Spillway, by tracking the succession of the cyanobacterial taxa and toxin diversity during bloom conditions; (2) to characterize the phytoplankton community adaptation response to physical drivers and diversion operations in Lake Pontchartrain.

For full information see attachment: Graduate Student Position in Toxic Cyanobacteria Bloom Ecology