Research Areas research areas


  • The Harvey Lab focuses on elucidating the mechanisms that mediate associations between marine microbes, with a focus on understanding interactions that result in microbial mortality. Research in the lab involves an integrated approach across multiple spatial scales - from molecules to ecosystems - to recognize the mechanisms underlying shifts in phytoplankton population dynamics and primary productivity, and ultimately, to better understand oceanic biogeochemical cycles and global climate.

    The Harvey Lab is always looking for enthusiastic post-doctoral investigators, graduate and undergraduate students to join the lab. Email Dr. Harvey for more information!
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2021 Seasonal mixed layer depth shapes phytoplankton physiology, viral production, and accumulation in the North Atlantic.Nature Communications.  12:6634. 2021
    2021 Investigating Atmospheric Inputs of Dissolved Black Carbon to the Santa Barbara Channel During the Thomas Fire (California, USA)Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences.  126. 2021
    2021 Assessing the Temporal Variability and Drivers of Transparent Exopolymer Particle Concentrations and Production Rates in a Subtropical EstuaryEstuaries Chesapeake Science Estuaries and Coasts.  44:1010-1019. 2021
    2021 Bacterial Quorum-Sensing Signal Arrests Phytoplankton Cell Division and Impacts Virus-Induced Mortality.mSphere.  6:e00009-e00021. 2021
    2020 Temporal Variability and Ecological Interactions of Parasitic Marine Syndiniales in Coastal Protist Communities.mSphere.  5:e00209-e00220. 2020
    2020 California Wildfire Burns Boundaries Between Science and ArtOceanography.  33:16-19. 2020
    2019 Storm-Induced Predator-Prey Decoupling Promotes Springtime Accumulation of North Atlantic PhytoplanktonFrontiers in Marine Science.  6:608. 2019
    2019 Bacterial alkylquinolone signaling contributes to structuring microbial communities in the ocean.Microbiome.  7:93. 2019
    2019 Seasonal Variability and Drivers of Microzooplankton Grazing and Phytoplankton Growth in a Subtropical EstuaryFrontiers in Marine Science.  6:174. 2019
    2019 The North Atlantic Aerosol and Marine Ecosystem Study (NAAMES): Science Motive and Mission OverviewFrontiers in Marine Science.  6:122. 2019
    2019 Dynamic Regulation of Extracellular Superoxide Production by the Coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi (CCMP 374).Frontiers in Microbiology.  10:1546. 2019
    2018 Short-term estimates of phytoplankton growth and mortality in a tidal estuaryLimnology and Oceanography.  63:2411-2422. 2018
    2018 The chemical cue tetrabromopyrrole induces rapid cellular stress and mortality in phytoplankton.Scientific Reports.  8:15498. 2018
    2018 An updated method for the calibration of transparent exopolymer particle measurementsLimnology and Oceanography: Methods.  16:621-628. 2018
    2016 A Bacterial Quorum-Sensing Precursor Induces Mortality in the Marine Coccolithophore, Emiliania huxleyi.Frontiers in Microbiology.  7:59. 2016
    2016 Evidence for Strain-Specific Exometabolomic Responses of the Coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi to Grazing by the Dinoflagellate Oxyrrhis marinaFrontiers in Marine Science.  3:1. 2016
    2015 Consequences of strain variability and calcification in Emiliania huxleyi on microzooplankton grazingJournal of Plankton Research.  37:1137-1148. 2015
    2015 Persistent Intra-Specific Variation in Genetic and Behavioral Traits in the Raphidophyte, Heterosigma akashiwo.Frontiers in Microbiology.  6:1277. 2015
    2014 Effects of dopamine, a compound released by the green-tide macroalgaUlvaria obscura(Chlorophyta), on marine algae and invertebrate larvae and juvenilesPhycologia.  53:195-202. 2014
    2013 Traces: Plankton on the MoveLeonardo.  46:412-413. 2013
    2013 Avoidance and attraction: Chemical cues influence predator-prey interactions of planktonic protistsLimnology and Oceanography.  58:1176-1184. 2013
    2013 Broad Salinity Tolerance as a Refuge from Predation in the Harmful Raphidophyte Alga Heterosigma akashiwo (Raphidophyceae).Journal of Phycology.  49:20-31. 2013
    2012 Predator-induced fleeing behaviors in phytoplankton: a new mechanism for harmful algal bloom formation?PLoS ONE.  7:e46438. 2012
    2011 Avoidance, movement, and mortality: The interactions between a protistan grazer and Heterosigma akashiwo , a harmful algal bloom speciesLimnology and Oceanography.  56:371-378. 2011
    Investigating temperature effects on coastal microbial populations and trophic interactions with 16S and 18S rRNA metabarcoding

    Teaching Activities

  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Taught course 2022
  • Intro Biol: Evol Biodiv & Ecol Taught course 2022
  • Biological Oceanography Taught course 2021
  • Biological Oceanography Taught course 2021
  • Introduction to Marine Biology Taught course 2021
  • Introduction to Marine Biology Taught course 2021
  • Introduction to Marine Biology Taught course 2021
  • Adv Rsrch Exp/Biol Sci Taught course 2021
  • Microbial Ecology & Evolution Taught course 2021
  • Biological Oceanography Taught course 2020
  • Biological Oceanography Taught course 2020
  • Independent Investigations Taught course 2020
  • Introduction to Marine Biology Taught course 2020
  • Introduction to Marine Biology Taught course 2020
  • Introduction to Marine Biology Taught course 2020
  • Biological Oceanography Taught course 2019
  • Full Name

  • Elizabeth Harvey