I am broadly interested in all aspects of microbial ecology and biogeochemistry. Specifically, I am using principles in these disciplines to enhance algal biomass for use in bioenergy applications. To this end, much of my work focuses on experimental culturing and manipulation of algae and bacteria, monitoring nutrient and metabolite transfer of bacteria-algae symbioses, measuring various modes of single-cell activity, and collecting quantitative and high-resolution images.
Honors and Awards
- 2010 UC San Diego Bouchet Graduate Honor Society inaugural inductee
- 2009 Claude ZoBell marine microbiology fellowship award
- 2008 Scripps Institution of Oceanography TA award
- 2008 UCSD/HHMI Interfaces graduate certification in microscopy
Selected (Recent) Publications
Fontanez KM, JM Eppley, TJ Samo DM Karl, EF Delong. (2015) Microbial community structure and function on sinking particles in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.
Pasulka AL, TJ Samo, MR Landry. (2015) Grazer and viral impacts on microbial growth and mortality in the southern California Current Ecosystem.
Samo TJ, S Smriga, F Malfatti, BE Pedler, F Azam. (2014) Broad distribution and high proportion of protein synthesis active marine bacteria revealed by click chemistry at the single cell level.