I am an algae physiologist working on the Enalgae project at Swansea University. EnAlgae brings together 19 partners and 14 observers across seven EU Member States. It aims to reduce CO2 emissions and dependency on unsustainable energy sources in North West Europe.The project is developing sustainable technologies for algal biomass production, bioenergy and greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, taking them from pilot facilities through to market-place products and services.
My areas of interest include algal physiology, bioremediation, biofuel production, green house gas mitigation and rocky shore ecology. My research specialism if PAM fluorometry. Using pulses of light, important photosynthetic parameters can be analysed. Photosynthetic efficiency, electron transport rate and the light saturation index of the algal cells can be obtained using PAM fluorescence and these can help us to understand the photosynthetic processes of the cells we are growing. We can use this information to optimise photosynthesis and so optimise the growth of the cells and either increase our biomass production or increase the production of a particular high value product.