Sophia (So Hyun) Ahn
Graduate Research Assistant
Horn Point Laboratory
I am from the port city of Busan, South Korea. For my Master’s degree, I studied the biochemical properties of phytoplankton communities in the Arctic Ocean. I came to the Horn Point Laboratory to learn more about ecological physiology of phytoplankton. I am fascinated with their ability to be both primary producers and grazers at the same time, to be mixotrophs.
We are learning that this mixotrophic behavior is more common than we previously thought, and it is especially common in harmful algal species. In Pat Glibert’s lab, I am studying the physiology and growth of mixotrophic dinoflagellate, Prorocentrum minimum. My work is in support of a predictive model of their occurrence in Chesapeake Bay.
- Pusan National University, South Korea, 2017, M.S., Oceanography
- Pusan National University, South Korea, 2015, B.S., Oceanogrpahy