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College of Arts & Sciences
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

Tammi Richardson


Department of Biological Sciences & 
the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment

Phone Number: 803-777-2269
Office: PSC 513
Research Areas: Marine Ecology and Evolution
Research Summary:

I study phytoplankton...the microscopic algae that give the ocean its greenish color and that photosynthesize, removing CO2 from the atmosphere. Specifically I'm interested in how light, nutrients, and temperature influence phytoplankton growth and taxonomic composition, including the development of "red tides" (harmful algal blooms).

Tammi Richardson

Goldman, E.A., E.M. Smith and T.L. Richardson. In press. Estimation of chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) and photosynthetic activity of estuarine phytoplankton using a multiple-fixed-wavelength spectral fluorometer. Water Research. Accepted 14 December 2012.

Lawrenz, E., E.M. Smith and T.L. Richardson. 2012. Spectral irradiance, phytoplankton community composition, and primary productivity in a salt marsh estuary, North Inlet, South Carolina, USA. Estuaries and Coasts DOI 10.1007/s12237-012-9567-y.  

Bruckman, L.S., Richardson, T.L., Swanstrom, J.A., Donaldson, K.A., Allora, Jr., M., Shaw, T.J., and Myrick, M.L. (2012) Linear discriminant analysis of single-cell fluorescence excitation spectra of five phytoplankton species.  Applied Spectroscopy 66(1):60-65. 

Lawrenz, E., Fedewa, E.J., and Richardson, T.L. (2011) Extraction protocols for the quantification of phycobilins in aqueous phytoplankton extracts.  Journal of Applied Phycology 23(5):865-871.

Lawrenz, E. and Richardson, T.L. (2011)  How does the species used for calibration affect chlorophyll a measurements by in situ fluorometry? Estuaries and Coasts 34(4):872-883.

Lawrenz, E., Pinckney, J.L., Ranhofer, M.L., MacIntyre, H.L., and Richardson, T.L. (2010) Spectral irradiance and phytoplankton community composition in a blackwater-dominated estuary, Winyah Bay, SC, USA. Estuaries and Coasts 33(5):1186-1201.

Richardson, T.L., Lawrenz, E., Pinckney, J.L., Guajardo, R.C., Walker, E.A., Paerl, H.W., and MacIntyre, H.L. (2010) Spectral fluorometric characterization of phytoplankton community composition using the Algae Online Analyzer. Water Research 44:2461-2472.

Hill, L.S., Richardson, T.L., Profeta, L.T.M., Shaw, T.J., Hintz, C.J., Twining, B.S., Lawrenz, E. and Myrick, M.L. (2010) Construction, figures of merit and testing of a single-cell fluorescence excitation spectroscopy system. Review of Scientific Instruments 81(1): 013103.