Welcome to the Coastal and Environmental and Microbiological Processes Lab

Bloom in a beaker, Lake Taihu, China

 

Collecting water samples on Lake Taihu, China

Dr. Hans Paerl studies the nutrient production dynamics of aquatic microbes at the base of the estuarine and coastal food webs, focusing on environmental controls of algal (planktonic and benthic) production, community structure, and assessment of the causes and consequences of human-induced eutrophication of rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal oceans.

The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences Coastal Environmental and Microbiological Processes Lab consists of graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and technicians working on a variety of research projects addressing nutrient production dynamics of aquatic microbes at the base of the estuarine and coastal food webs. The Paerl Lab research focuses on environmental controls of algal (planktonic and benthic) production and community structure, as well as, the assessment of causes and consequences of human-induced eutrophication of rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal oceans.