Dr. Marc E. Frischer
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
10 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, Georgia 31411
Telephone: (912) 598-2308
Fax: (912) 598-2310
Professor II (20% Professorship), University of Bergen, Norway (UNIFOB).
AB Washington University in St Louis, MO (1982-1985) – Microbial Genetics
Ph.D. University of South Florida (1988-1993) – Marine Sciences/Microbiology/Molecular Biology
Postdoctoral Fellowship Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1994-1996)
Marine food webs
| Research Interests and Projects |
Research in my laboratory focuses on the role of microbial diversity in marine environments, the development and application of the tools of molecular biology in plankton ecology, and the discovery and ecology of parasite and pathogens in marine organisms. The impact and consequences of climate change on living marine systems focuses much of the ongoing research in my research group. A large emphasis is placed on the development and evaluation of new methods, particularly those that can be used in situ. In addition, a focus of my laboratory is the adaptation of molecular biological tools to a wide variety of questions in applied marine sciences, biotechnology, bioremediation, and invasive species issues.
- Microbial Ecology
- NSF (Arctic Natural Science) Collaborative Research: Does competition for nitrogen between autotrophs and heterotrophs control carbon fluxes in the wester coastal Arctic? P. Yaeger (Lead PI, UGA), D. Bronk (VIMS). September 2009 - August 2012
- Molecular Plankton Ecology
- NSF Biological Oceanography. Doliolid Blooms: What are the Driving Variables? Investigations of Trophic Interactions; 1/12009-12/31/2012. Co-PI’s G.A. Paffenhöfer (SkIO), Deidre Gibson (Hampton University).
- Molecular Analysis of Plankton Samples for Zebra Mussel Larvae. Open Contract.
- Environmental Health
- NOAA (GA DNR) Coastal Incentive Grant Progam (CIG) Cycle XI. Viral tracers as sentinels of septic system integrity and suitability in coastal Georgia. Subcontract with Paul Work (GIT). Oct 2008 – Sept 2011.
- NOAA; Water Quality Evaluation and Monitoring Program in the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary; $29,930; Continuing Contract.
- EPA; Section 319(h) Program. Vernon Basin Fecal Bacteria Assessment and TMDL Implementation Project. 2008 – 2010.
- Education and Outreach
- NSF (GK12 Program). Collaborative: New GK12: Building ocean literacy in a coastal community through science education and estuarine monitoring. Co-PI P.G. Verity (at SkIO) lead PI C. Pride (at SSU). 2009-2014.
- NSF (OCE - SUPPORT FOR ENHANCING DIVERSITY)
Collaborative Project: Enhancing Diversity in Geoscience Education through Coastal Research in a Port City (EDGE) - Track 2. Requested $400,874 (SkIO portion). Co-PI P. Verity (SkIO). C. Pride (Lead PI, SSU)
Recently Completed Projects:
- NSF Biocomplexity and Network Analysis: Microbial and Nutrient Controls in Mangrove Ecosystems; 1999 – 2004. With 8 Co-PIs (Project Director – Ilka (Candy) Feller – Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)
- NSF Biocomplexity: The Bio-Feedback Basis of Self Organization in Planktonic Ecosystems Using Phaeocystis as a Model Complex Adaptative System. 2000 – 2005. With 3 Co-PIs (Project Director – Peter G. Verity – Skidaway Institute of Oceanography)
- NSF Collaboration to Integrate Research and Education in Marine Science. 2001 – 2006. With 4 Co-PIs. (Project Director – Matthew Gilligan – Savannah State University).
- National Sea Grant Development of Molecular Diagnostics to Allow Studies on the Life History and Transmission of Dinoflagellate Parasites Infecting Estuarine Crabs. 2002 – 2004. Co-PIs Richard Lee and Dionne Hoskins.
- DOE Molecular Approaches for In Situ Studies of Nitrate Utilization by Marine Bacteria. 2003 – 2006. With 3 Co-PIs.
- Coastal Oceanography (Summer Course). Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. Lecturer (Marine Microbiology, Application of Molecular Biology in Marine Sciences)
- MSCI 4502. Current Issues in Oceanography. Savannah State University. Organizer and Lecturer.
- MSCI 5202. Coastal Oceanography. Savannah State University. Lecturer.
- MSCI 7802. Marine Microbial Ecology. Savannah State University.
- OCEA 3100. Introduction to Oceanography. Armstrong State Atlantic University. Co-taught with Peter Verity.
- ECOL 4100. Ecosystem Complexity. University of Georgia. Lecturer and Organizer.
- University of Georgia, Marine Sciences.
- Georgia Institute of Technology, Environmental and Civil Engineering.
- Savannah State University, Marine Sciences.
Bradley, P. B., D. A. Bronk, M. P. Sanderson, J. C. Nejstgaard, M. E. Frischer, A. F. Sazhin, L. M. Killberg-Thoreson, P. G. Verity, and L. Campbell. 2010. Nitrogen uptake by phytoplankton and bacteria during an induced Phaeocystis pouchetii bloom, measured using size fractionation and flow cytometric sorting approaches. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 61: 89-104.
Durbin, E. G., A. Bucklin, J. C. Nejstgaard, and M. E. Frischer. 2010. Molecular techniques to establish trophic links. In: Marine Ecosystems and Global Change, ed. M. Barange, J. G. Field, R. P. Harris, E. E. Hofmann, R. I. Perry, F. Werner. Oxford, UK:Oxford University Press, 131-133.
Simonelli, P., C. Troedsson, J. C. Nejstgaard, K. Zech, J. B. Larsen, and M. E. Frischer. 2009. Evaluation of DNA extraction and handling procedures for PCR-based copepod feeding studies. Journal of Plankton Research 31: 1465-1474.
Troedsson, C., J. -M. Bouquet, R. Skinnes, J. -L. Acuña, K. Zech, M. E. Frischer, and E. M. Thompson. 2009. Plastic response of the filter feeding house to varying food regimes by the Appendicularian, Oikopleura dioica. Journal of Plankton Research. Doi:10.1093/plankt/fbp085 available online at www.plankt.oxfordjournals.org
Troedsson, C., J. M. Bouquet, R. Skinnes, J. L. Acuna, K. Zech, M. E. Frischer, and E. M. Thompson. 2009. Regulation of filter-feeding house components in response to varying food regimes in the appendicularian, Oikopleura dioica. Journal of Plankton Research 31(12): 1453-1463.
Troedsson, C., P. Simonelli, V. Nägele, J. C. Nejstgaard, and M. E. Frischer. 2009. Quantification of copepod gut content by differential length amplification quantitative PCR (dla-qPCR). Marine Biology 156: 253-259.
Walker, A. N., R. F. Lee, and M. E. Frischer. 2009. Transmission of the parasitic dinoflagellate Hematodinium sp infection in blue crabs Callinectes sapidus by cannibalism. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 85(3): 193-197.
Wimbush, J., M. E. Frischer, J. W. Zarzynski, and S. A. Nierzwicki-Bauer. 2009. Eradication of colonizing populations of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) by early detection and SCUBA removal: Lake George, NY. Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 19(6): 703-713.
Hitchcock, G. L., W. S. Arnold, M. E. Frischer, R. W. Cowen, and C. Kelble. 2008. Short-term disperasal of an intentionally-released patch of larval Mercenaria in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, USA. Bulletin of Marine Science 82: 41-47.
Nejstgaard, J. C., M. E. Frischer, P. Simonelli, C. Troedsson, M. Brakel, F. Adiyaman, A. F. Sazhin, and L. F. Artigas. 2008. Quantitative PCR to estimate copepod feeding. Marine Biology 153: 565-577.
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