Western Washington University
Suzanne Strom is a Marine Scientist at the Shannon Point Marine Center at Western Washington University. She conducts research in biological oceanography and plankton ecology. With the expert help of her two lab technicians, she has spent several decades studying interactions among marine planktonic organisms, with a focus on phytoplankton and microzooplankton. Some of this work is done at sea, particularly in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea, where she investigates the regulation of phytoplankton production and its transfer to zooplankotn. In the laboratory, she works with an extensive collection of planktonic organisms maintained at the marine center. A major recent interest is chemical signaling among planktonic microbes, and how such signaling influences behavior, survival and growth. Suzanne is contributing to the Controlling Mechanisms for Nutrients, Plankton and Larval Fishes aspect of the Gulf of Alaska Project.