Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Granting Department

Marine Science

Major Professor

Gabriel A. Vargo.


Red tides, Harmful algal bloom, Ecohab, Particulate matter, Inorganic nutrients


Karenia brevis is a toxic marine dinoflagellate species that blooms almost every year in the Gulf of Mexico. These blooms have had devastating effects on local economies, as well as on the fauna of the area. The ECOHAB:Florida project was founded to study the population dynamics and trophic impacts of K. brevis. The project included a series of monthly hydrographic offshore research cruises, as well as monthly surveys of a transect along the 10-meter isobath of the West Florida Shelf. This study focused on data from the alongshore transect over a three-year period (1999-2001). Physical parameters (temperature, salinity, and density) and chemical parameters (particulate carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus; dissolved inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus) of the West Florida Shelf were analyzed. The amount of chlorophll a and the location and amount of K. brevis cells present were also examined.