Office of Undergraduate Research

Effect of CO2 on Algae Micro- and Macronutrients

Identify the relative quantities of macro (proteins, carbohydrates and lipids) and micronutrients (Fe,S, P, K, etc.) and their distribution in Algae that have been exposed to ambient and elevated levels of CO2 (Carbon dioxide). Four varieties of algae are examined with infrared and x-ray microscopies, which are sensitive to the macro and micronutrients, respectively. This is important, since it will reveal how the algae will react to predicted changes in levels of CO2.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Analyze infrared and x-ray data under the direct guidance of the professor. It is possible that the student will also be able to participate in collecting data at the national synchrotron facility in Madison, WI.