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Gary Wikfors, Ph.D. (gwikfors@clam.mi.nmfs.gov)

I am a marine biologist with specializations in phytoplankton physiological ecology, and nutritional requirements of suspension-feeding bivalve molluscs. I am responsible for the Biotechnology Branch, within the Aquaculture and Enhancement Division of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center of NMFS. In a team-based approach, we apply the disciplines of microbiology, immunology, genetics, and environmental chemistry to problems related to molluscan aquaculture and its ecosystem interactions, including harmful-algal blooms. As the Branch name implies, applying biomedical technologies, including flow-cytometry, proteomics, and various tools of genetics, to studies of marine organisms is our fundamental strategy. Current projects include elucidation of Harmful Algal Bloom - shellfish interactions, development of probiotic bacteria for use in molluscan hatcheries, advanced management concepts for large-scale microalgal cultures, chemical ecology of aquaculture systems, and quantifying environmental consequences of bivalve aquaculture upon ecosystems, especially phytoplankton and nutrients.

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