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Astrid Schnetzer

Associate Professor

NC State University

Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences


Area(s) of Expertise

My research interests and experience are in microbial ecology and diversity, food web dynamics and biogeochemical cycling in plankton systems. I am interested in studying how environmental processes (natural and anthropogenic) impact plankton community structure and subsequently biogeochemical cycling in open water as well as coastal systems. To discern the ecological and biogeochemical roles of plankton species I use a variety of gene-based and immunological approaches (e.g., next generation sequencing, quantitative polymerase chain reaction or qPCR, enzyme-linked assays) combined with more traditional methods (culturing & microscopy). We employ these techniques in field studies and experimental trials to gain a better understanding of plankton community structure and function.