Current Research Projects


Lipids as biomarkers for phytoplankton bloom decline mechanisms

Our lab is currently seeking funding to develop a lipid based index for surveying phytoplankton bloom decline mechanisms in the environment.

Lab Members: Will Kumler and Annie Leal

      Postdoc position available

Using gene expression to study chemical signaling between marine microbes

Oxylipins are chemical signals produced by phytoplankton that impact the growth rate and respiration of bacteria, decrease copepod reproductive success, and inhibit the growth rate of microzooplankton grazers. We are using meta-transcriptomic analysis to understand how chemical signals produced by phytoplankton alter gene expression in bacteria and other phytoplankton.

Lab Members: Graduate student positions available

Algal Biofuels and Natural Products

By more accurately understanding lipid biosynthesis is phytoplankton, we will explore maximizing the lipid quality of algal biofuel stocks, as well as, the production of natural products for drug discovery. 

Lab Members: Hannah Krohn

Past Research Projects


Meta'omic analysis of sinking particles from 4000M at Station ALOHA

As a postdoc in Ed Delong's lab at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, I used meta-genomic and meta-transcriptomic analysis to explore the microbial communities colonizing particles that reach 4000m in North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. 


Microbes associated with sinking particles from abyssal depths in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.

Edwards, BR, Sara Hu, Anna Romano, John M. Eppley, David M. Karl, David Caron, and Edward F. DeLong.

(in prep)

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biogeochemistry of LipiD Derived chemical Signals in the ocean

My graduate work was partially funded by a collaborative grant awarded to Ben Van Mooy, Kay Bidle, Assaf Vardi, and Matt Johnson to study infochemical signals produced by phytoplankton called oxylipins.


Infochemical Signaling Linked to Diatom Bloom Decline and Viral Infection.

Bethanie Edwards, Kim Thamatrakoln, Jeff Krause, Heather McNair, Andrew Allen, Mark      Brzezinski, Matt Johnson, Kay D. Bidle, Ben Van Mooy.

(in prep)


Oxylipins mediate microzooplankton grazing on diatoms.

Johnson M, Edwards BR, Beaudoin D, Van Mooy BAS, Vardi A.

(in prep) 


LOBSTAHS: an adduct-based lipidomics strategy for discovery and identification of oxidative stress biomarkers

JR Collins, BR Edwards, HF Fredricks, BAS Van Mooy

Analytical chemistry 88 (14), 7154-7162


Dose-dependent regulation of microbial activity on sinking particles by polyunsaturated aldehydes: Implications for the carbon cycle

BR Edwards, KD Bidle, BAS Van Mooy

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (19), 5909-5914



Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 


Rapid microbial respiration of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in offshore surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico

BR Edwards, CM Reddy, R Camilli, CA Carmichael, K Longnecker, ...

Environmental Research Letters 6 (3), 035301