Algal Toxin Analysis, Algal Identification & Research

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The Cyanobacteria Experts

GWL/CL is nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in the field of toxigenic cyanobacteria analyses. Our staff has over 50 years cumulative experience in the fields of aquatic biology, limnology, phycology, toxicology, analytical chemistry and cyanotoxin analyses.

Mark Aubel, Ph.D.

President / Analytical Chemist

markaubel@greenwaterlab.com

Mark is the lead analytical chemist and President of GreenWater Laboratories/CyanoLab. Mark directs all laboratory tasks and manages all major projects. As an analytical chemist, he performs liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis on samples, supervises new protocol development and monitors quality assurance and control.

Mark has co-authored multiple papers on cyanobacerial toxin analysis and has almost three decades in analytical chemistry experience. His experience with chemistry includes acedemic, private and corporate laboratories.

Andrew Chapman, M.S.

Phycologist, Limnologist

achapman@greenwaterlab.com

Andy has been the senior phycologist at GreenWater Laboratories since its establishment in 2001. Andy is a nationally recognized phycologist with over 20 years of experience with identifying algae. Andy specializes in the identification and enumeration of algae/cyanobacteria, specifically potentially toxin producing genera/species.

Andy has organized, assisted and administered workshops on the identification and classification of freshwater algae to such organizations as the Florida Lake Management Society, the North American Lake Management Society, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Florida Drinking Water Treatment Plants.

Amanda Foss, M.S.

Chemist

amandafoss@greenwaterlab.com

Amanda is a chemist with a focus on analytical extraction and analysis techniques. Amanda is currently pursuing a Forensic Toxicology degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She received a B.S. in Environmental Chemistry and an M.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and has almost a decade of experience with cyanotoxin analysis.

Amanda performs algal toxin analyses and directs research involving the development and validation of methods for the extraction and quantification of algal toxins from biological matrices (e.g. tissues). Amanda also assists with algal identification and extracts/purifies toxin standards.

Nara Souza, M.S.

Biologist

narasouza@greenwaterlab.com

Nara is a Biologist at GreenWater Laboratories with expertise in algal identification/enumeration with a focus on cyanobacteria. Nara brings a unique skill set beneficial to GWL/CL clients. She received a bachelor's degree in Biological Science at Potiguar University in Brazil and an M.S. in aquatic bioecology at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Her past experience includes four years of work with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and she also has some training in the field of law enforcement/crime scene analysis. At GWL/CL, Nara maintains the algal culturing room and assists with the algal toxin standard program. Being from Brazil, Nara is fluent in Portuguese, enjoys the outdoors and silversmithing.

Alicia Carter

Biologist

aliciacarter@greenwaterlab.com

Alicia supports all laboratory directed efforts and is learning new skills in the fields of chemistry and biology. Alicia currently assists in algal toxin analysis by preparing samples for enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and mass spectrometry. She also utilizes preparative scale high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) to purify algal toxins and assists in maintaining the algal culture room. In addition, Alicia is currently implementing chlorophyll a analysis in order to expand the services offered by GWL/CL.

Alicia recently graduated from Jacksonville University where she received a B.S. in Biology. Alicia grew up in Jacksonville, FL and is a Marine Corps veteran.