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Astrid Schnetzer

Associate Professor and Associate Dept. Head

Varsity Research Building 1603



Office: 2800 Faucette Drive
4148 Jordan Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-8208
Phone: 919-515-7837
Research Laboratory:
1575 Varsity Drive, Varsity Research Building
Module 8, Rooms: 1603 & 1611

My research interests focus on the ecology of protists and zooplankton which comprise numerous taxa and play diverse ecological roles within aquatic ecosystems. Protists are major primary producers (phytoplankton) and consumers (i.e. heterotrophic cilliates) at the base of the food web. Zooplankton (i.e. copepods and euphausiids) are important consumers of protists (and each other) and in turn preyed upon by shellfish, fish and marine mammals. My research group addresses how natural and anthropogenic processes shape plankton assemblages and how changes in protistan and/or zooplankton community structure impact biogeochemical cycles in coastal and open ocean environments.

I teach undergraduate and graduate classes in Marine Biology (MEA220), Biological Oceanography (MEA449/549), Ecology of Coastal Resources (MEA469) and am one of several instructors for the MEAS’ summer course on Field-Investigations of Coastal Processes (MEA459).


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Ph.D., Marine Biology, University of Vienna, Austria (2001)
M.S., Zoology / Ecology, University of Vienna, Austria (1996)

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