The role of microbial communities during oil spills gets a bit of attention due to their role in biodegradation of oil and dispersants. Since 2010, research have discovered that dispersed oil inhibits growth of certain bacteria strains, and biodegradation occurs in different phases depending on the weathering of the oil. Katelyn Knight looks to make her mark in microbial research with her studies on their community structure in response to changes in the marine environment. Her work at the University of West Florida makes her or C-IMAGE Student of the Month of March 2017.
Knight is a master’s student at the University of West Florida’s Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation. She analyzes bacterial communities to determine which environmental parameters influence community structure over time. Learn more about her background, research, and findings here!