Dr. Alex Parker's California Maritime Academy Oceanography Website
My broad research interest is marine microbial biogeochemistry, addressing questions related to: 1) characterizing underlying controls on phytoplankton and bacterial processes in aquatic systems. 2) quantifying microbial food web dynamics 3) understanding microbial responses to coastal nutrient pollution. I primarily work in urbanized estuaries (Delaware Bay and San Francisco Bay Estuary) where coastal pollution, including large-scale nutrient fertilization, has had major impacts on the microbial community. In addition to my estuarine work, I have also conducted research in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, the Equatorial Pacific Ocean, the Chukchi Sea (Arctic Ocean) and in Antarctica.