Sara Driscoll has a dynamic range of oceanographic experience both at sea and in the laboratory. Sara is the deputy manager for AMS on a project to investigate the impact of wastewater effluent, clam grazing, and light on phytoplankton growth in the Sacramento River. She has also maintained live agal cultures and conducted experiments to assess light and nutrient interactions on cell growth through the Interagency Ecological Program, and has led a field effort to collect ocean samples and stormwater discharges into Areas of Special Biological Significance during storm events throughout central California. In addition, she organizes and sails aboard monthly cruises in Monterey Bay to create a time-series of hydrographic conditions surrounding a proposed desalinization plant outfall. Sara earned her master’s degree in Biological Oceanography from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and has contributed to the hydrographic, chemical, and biological sampling conducted by time-series programs including the Hawai’i Ocean Time-series, NSF sponsored Center for Microbial Oceanography, and NOAA Antarctic Marine Living Resources. She has investigated primary and bacterial production, nitrogen cycling, and the diversity and activities of microorganisms.
Berg GM, Thomas S, Hayashi K, Ross M, Kudela R (2017) Variation in growth rate, carbon assimilation, and photosynthetic efficiency in response to nitrogen source and concentration in phytoplankton isolated from upper San Francisco Bay. Journal of Phycology (in press)
DeCarlo, E.H., M.S. Tomlinson, L.E. deGelleke, and S. Thomas (2013). Distribution and abundance of arsenic in the soils and sediments of O’ahu, Hawai’i. Aquatic Geochemistry DOI 10.1007/s10498-013-9212-9.
Bruno, B.C., S.Thomas, L. James, and M. Frazier (2011). Student perspectives on facilitating positive undergraduate research experiences. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly 32(2); 40-43.
S. Thomas (2010). Reflections of an MBARI 2010 summer intern. Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Newsletter 3(3);9.