Sara Driscoll has a dynamic range of oceanographic experience both at sea and in the laboratory, and has participated in numerous projects associated with aquatic ecosystem health. As a deputy manager for AMS, Sara investigated the impact of wastewater effluent, clam grazing, and light on phytoplankton growth in the Sacramento River. She maintained live algal cultures and conducted experiments to assess light and nutrient interactions on cell growth through the Interagency Ecological Program, and led a field effort to collect stormwater discharges into Areas of Special Biological Significance throughout central California. She currently organizes and sails aboard monthly cruises in Monterey Bay to create a time-series of hydrographic conditions and determine oceanographic seasonality. She also serves as the quality assurance/quality control officer for the Central Coast Long-term Environmental Assessment Network. Sara earned her master’s of science in Biological Oceanography from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and contributed to the repeated 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, Driscoll S, Hayashi K., Kudela R (2019). Effects of nitrogen source, concentration, and irradiance on growth rates of two diatoms endemic to northern San Francisco Bay. Aquatic Biology 28: 33-43.
Berg GM, Driscoll 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 55: 664-679.
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.