Tales of a wandering eukaryotic microbiologist
Andrew Rogerson, Ph.D.
Nova Southeastern University
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.
Eukaryotic microbes (the protists) are a diverse group of organisms that span protozoa (amoebae, ciliates, and flagellates) through to unicellular algae, such as diatoms. Over the last 25 years, I have worked on several aspects of these protists, inevitably becoming a generalist rather than a specialist. In today's world of science, where research is often driven by short-term contracts and long-term stability can be elusive, there are distinct advantages to being a generalist. Moreover, delving into the mysteries of the various protists is downright "fun!"
I am best known for my work on the ecology of naked amoebae, a group that launched me into protistology and still holds my attention. But along the way, I have worked on oil toxicity and ciliates, silicon mineralization in diatoms, amoebae that eat seaweeds, holographic imaging, ballast water treatment systems, and beach pollution. This talk has something for everyone.