Nigel D’Souza

  • Postdoctoral Researcher

My postdoc project at GSO with Prof. Rynearson and Prof. Menden-Deuer was focused on investigating predator-prey interactions in marine planktonic communities at the molecular level, enabling not only a better understanding of plankton ecology, but also better predictive power to assess the impact of anthropogenic forcing on these organisms at a global scale. Prior to working at URI, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in New York, and at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta (2012-16), where I worked on investigating the impacts of oil and natural gas inputs on phytoplankton, bacteria, and protists in the Gulf of Mexico. I am also interested in microbial communities associated with ice in marine and freshwater ecosystems, and my Ph.D. research at Bowling Green State University in Ohio (2007-12) involved studying ice-associated phytoplankton and microbial communities in the Laurentian Great Lakes.