SCOPE-Gradients project: Quantifying the macromolecular composition of microbial communities across ocean transition zones
We are quantifying the macromolecular composition of the microbial community across the North Pacific transition zone to elucidate the role of resource supply and species-specific differences of macromolecular composition in regulating biogeochemical cycling and marine microbial community structure and function.
CBIOMES project: Developing a new trait-based understanding of microbial communities based on metabolic and elemental and macromolecular constraints
We are conducting a suite of laboratory experiments to quantify the relationship between growth rate and the macromolecular and elemental composition of key phytoplankton taxa across a range of cell sizes and taxonomic groups to facilitate the development, parameterization and testing of a new trait-based marine microbial growth model.
Zoe Finkel is a Canada Research Chair in Marine Environmental Ecology and co-director of the Marine Macroecology and Biogeochemistry Lab at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. Finkel holds associate faculty appointments in the Biology and the Chemistry & Biochemistry departments at Mount Allison University and is an external graduate faculty member of the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program at the University of Maine and an adjunct professor at the School of Marine Science and Policy at the University of Delaware. Finkel received a Ph.D. in oceanography from Rutgers University and did postdoctoral work in the Department of Biology at Queen’s University. Finkel’s research focuses on how climate change interacts with physiological, ecological and evolutionary processes to influence phytoplankton communities and global biogeochemical cycles over a variety of timescales. Her works includes experimental work on phytoplankton cultures, statistical analyses of phytoplankton time series data, micro-paleontological analysis of phytoplankton fossils, and physiological and ecological modeling. Finkel has received the U.S. EPA STAR fellowship, NSERC postdoctoral fellowship, NSERC University Faculty Award and NSERC Discovery Accelerator award. Finkel is a fellow of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.