KBRR Brown Bag Lecture with Steve Kibler > Harmful Algal Blooms: Better Tools for Detection & Quantification

Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center

95 Sterling Hwy.
Seminar Room
Homer, AK 99603

Phone: 235-6961

You are invited to a brown bag lunch lecture by Steve Kibler highlighting his work in North Carolina and Alaska to better understand the ecology of harmful marine phytoplankton and the environmental factors that govern their distribution and abundance. Feel free to bring your lunch. 

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) pose a significant threat to shellfish harvest, sale and consumption in south-central Alaska. In particular, minimizing the threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) caused by toxic Alexandrium species is hampered by unreliable identification of Alexandrium cells in plankton samples and measurement of PSP toxins in shellfish. More reliable methods are needed.

Work with HAB species in other locations has yielded species-specific cell labeling and quantification methods, as well as cost-effective, antibody-based toxin measurement tools. These methods may be utilized in Alaska to better detect Alexandrium cells prior to PSP events and better prevent human exposure to toxic shellfish.

Steve Kibler is an oceanographer from NOAA's National Ocean Service laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina.

This brown bag presentation is sponsored by Kachemak Bay Research Reserve & NOAA's National Ocean Service Center for Coastal Fisheries & Habitat Research

Thursday, 28 August, 2014


Carmen Field

Phone: 226-4659