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.