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Elizabeth harvey

Dr. Elizabeth Harvey
Assistant Professor
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
10 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, Georgia 31411
Telephone Office: (912) 598-2334
Fax: (912) 598-2310

B.S. Marine Science University of Maine, Orono, Maine, 2003
M.S. Environmental Science Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, 2008
P.h.D. Oceanography University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, 2013

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The Harvey Lab is recruiting graduate students for Fall 2017, please contact Dr. Harvey for more information.

 Research Interests and Projects 

Research in the Harvey Lab focuses on plankton ecology. In particular our research focuses on how important ecological interactions (competition, predation, mutalism, commensalism) between individuals (from viruses to mesozooplankton) can influence larger-scale patterns in plankton abundance, distribution, and physiology. We focus on understanding the role of biotic interactions on the marine environment by linking observations made at three scales: (1) molecular/chemical: discovering infochemicals and observing variations in gene expression; (2) individual: quantifying individual movement behavior by observing microscopic interactions; and (3) community: capturing the resultant macroscopic shifts in population dynamics and physiological rates. Deciphering these interactions will elucidate the function of marine plankton in mediating ocean healthy, biogeochemical cycles, and global climate.

Current Projects:
  • Understanding how mortality is partitioned between viral lysis and microzooplankton grazing in Emiliania huxleyi (NSF BIO OCE 2015-2018).
  • North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study comparing viral mortality and microzooplankton grazing (NAAMES)

 Selected Publications 
Harvey, E. L., R. W. Deering, D. C. Rowley, A. El Gamal, M. Schorn, B. S. Moore, M. Johnson, T. J. Mincer, and K. E. Whalen. 2016. A bacterial quorum-sensing precursor induces mortality in the marine coccolithophore, Emiliania huxleyi. Frontiers in Microbiology 7:59. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00059
Poulson-Ellestad, K. L., E. L. Harvey, M. D. Johnson, and T. Mincer. 2016. Evidence for strain-specific exometabolomic responses of the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi to grazing by the dinoflagellate Oxyrrhis marina. Frontiers in Marine Science 3:1. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00001
Harvey, E. L., K. D. Bidle, and M. D. Johnson. 2015. Consequences of strain variability and calcification in Emiliania huxleyi on microzooplankton grazing. Journal of Plankton Research 37(6): 1137-1148. doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbv081
Harvey, E., S. Menden-Deuer, and T. A. Rynearson. 2015. Persistent intra-specific variation in genetic and behavioral traits in the raphidophyte, Heterosigma akashiwo. Frontiers in Microbiology 6:1277. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01277
Van Alstyne, K. L., E. L. Harvey, and M. Cataldo. 2014. Effects of dopamine, a compound released by the green-tide macroalga Ulvaria obscura (Chlorophyta), on marine algae and invertebrate larvae and juveniles. Phycologia 53(2): 195-202. doi:
Harvey, E. L., H. J. Jeong, and S. Menden-Deuer. 2013. Avoidance and attraction: Chemical cues influence predator-prey interactions of planktonic protists. Limnology & Oceanography 58(4): 1176-1184. doi: 10.4319/lo.2013.58.4.1176
Strom, S. L., E. L. Harvey, K. A. Fredrickson, and S. Menden-Deuer. 2013. Broad salinity tolerance as a refuge from predation in the harmful raphidophyte alga, Heterosigma akashiwo (Raphidophyceae). Journal of Phycology 49:20-31. doi: 10.1111/jpy.12013
Harvey, E. L., and S. Menden-Deuer. 2012. Predator-induced fleeing behaviors in phytoplankton: a new mechanism for harmful algal bloom formation? PLoS ONE 7(9): e46438.
Harvey, E. L., and S. Menden-Deuer. 2011. Avoidance, movement, and mortality: the interactions between a protistan grazer and Heterosigma akashiwo, a harmful algal bloom species. Limnology & Oceanography 56(1): 371-378. doi:10.4319/lo.2011.56.1.0371

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