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Nicole Poulton

Nicole Poulton

Councilor (2020-2024)

My research focuses primarily on phytoplankton and aquatic microbial ecology, including harmful algal blooms and the role of phytoplankton in the global carbon cycle. I have over 25 years of aquatic cytometry experience and use cytometry, single cell sorting and genomics to examine phytoplankton and bacterioplankton in aquatic environments across the globe. My interdisciplinary work combines biological, chemical and physical oceanography and leverages both laboratory and field work at sea. I received my BS in Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech in 1993 and my Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Joint Program in 2001, where I studied phytoplankton ecology, specifically in the area of toxic algal blooms in the Gulf of Maine using flow cytometric methods. My interests in marine microbes and flow cytometry led me to Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, a non-profit organization in mid-coast Maine, where I am a Research Scientist and since 2014 the Director of the Center for Aquatic Cytometry. I am very active in education and public outreach and teach both introductory and advanced courses in aquatic cytometry.

Since my tenure at the Center for Aquatic Cytometry, I have been an active member of ISAC and attended every annual ISAC meeting from 2015. I felt the need to better understand the current and available technology, while increasing the society’s knowledge and input to the use of cytometry in the environmental sciences. Based on these interests, I am currently a 2017-2021 ISAC Shared Resource Laboratory Emerging Leader. Since becoming an Emerging Leader, I actively participate on the Fundraising Task Force, lecture for CYTOU, and chair and help organize sessions at annual ISAC meetings.