I am currently working on an exciting project as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the San Francisco State University Romberg Tiburon Center with Dr. Wim Kimmerer, investigating the diets of larval fishes in the San Francisco Estuary. This project will utilize my experience in zooplankton identification and molecular biological methods to reveal the invisible contributors to the diets of threatened fishes in the Estuary. Thanks to Sea Grant and the Delta Science Fellows program for this exciting opportunity, and thanks to the State and Federal Contractors Water Agency (SFCWA) for funding my work. Stay tuned, I will be very active in the San Francisco Estuary research community over the next few years - and hopefully beyond!
In the Oceanography department at UH Manoa I studied the role of copepodnauplii in marine ecosystems, including their response to storm events in Kane'ohe Bay, Hawaii. My work will give us a better understanding of how important nauplii are as grazers of algae and whether they can have an impact on their prey populations. Using a novel DNA-based technique that I developed during my master's degree (See Pubs & Presentations- Jungbluth et al. 2013), I am able to estimate the abundance or biomass of nauplii by species. This was not possible in such a diverse ecosystem with such small species, and armed with only a microscope and no species-specific larval-identifying characteristics.
I also have worked with Dr. Eric Vetter at Hawaii Pacific University on a short-term, collaborative project describing the molecular-taxonomic diversity of larval invertebrate species present near the abyssal seafloor. Stay tuned for exciting discoveries of new genetic diversity at the bottom of the sea!
A large portion of my dissertation focused on plankton dynamics in a large, productive subtropical embayment on Oahu, Hawaii, so I have spent a lot of time on a 12-foot Boston Whaler, rain or shine, collecting my precious zooplankton to look at what lies below the surface. But I also love ship-based research, and have been lucky enough to spend over 80 days at sea on 5 different ships with scientists from many countries getting to contribute to studies on zooplankton around the worlds oceans. Thankfully I do NOT get seasick!
Field Experience: NOAA Oscar Elton Sette - Leeward Oahu Pelagic Ecosystem Characterization, 10 days at sea, 2017 RRS James Clark Ross – Naupliar studies across the Atlantic (and the equator!), North to South, 46 days at sea, 2014 R/V Falkor – Naupliar grazing in the open ocean, Station ALOHA North of Oahu, HI, and the Molokai channel, 6 days at sea, 2014 R/V Kilo Moana -Zooplankton and mesopelagic fish diet studies, Station ALOHA, 6 days at sea, 2011 R/V Kilo Moana- Student cruise, West Oahu, 2 days at sea, 2011 R/V Atlantis – ROV JASON-II cruise volunteer, Juan de Fuca Ridge, 18 days at sea, 2010 Field sampling time series,Kaneohe Bay, HI, over 75 days of coastal work, 2010-2013