For my doctoral work, I am researching the importance of diversity both within and among phytoplankton species, with a focus on interactions between functional trait diversity, environmental variation, and ecosystem functioning. Previously, I researched the potential role of algal biodiversity in engineered ecosystems designed for sustainable food and fuel production.
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning – Intraspecific Variation – Functional Traits – Ecological Stoichiometry
INSIDE: Inter- and intra‐specific size Diversity of phytoplankton and its impacts on Ecosystem functions. DFG (German Research Foundation) funded project within the Priority Programme SPP1704 “Flexibility matters: Interplay between trait diversity and ecological dynamics using aquatic communities as model systems”
Three selected publications
Carey, J.C., Jankowski, K., Julian, P., Sethna, L.R., Thomas, P.K. & Rohweder, J. (2019). Exploring silica stoichiometry on a large floodplain riverscape. Front. Ecol. Evol., 7, 1–18.
Thomas, P.K., Dunn, G.P., Coats, E.R., Newby, D.T. & Feris, K.P. (2019). Algal diversity and traits predict biomass yield and grazing resistance in wastewater cultivation. J. Appl. Phycol., 31, 2323–2334.
Thomas, P.K., Dunn, G.P., Good, A.R., Callahan, M.P., Coats, E.R., Newby, D.T., et al. (2019). A natural algal polyculture outperforms an assembled polyculture in wastewater-based open pond biofuel production. Algal Res., 40, 101488.
M.S., Biology, Boise State University, 2016
B.S., Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2010