Alyssa Alsante

Alyssa Alsante

Graduate Student

  aalsante@tamu.edu

  Eller O&M 523

Research

  • Biological Oceanography
  • Marine sources of atmospheric ice nucleating particles

 

My research focuses on the impact of marine phytoplankton and viruses on atmospheric ice nucleation in laboratory measurements. Biological productivity in the ocean can contribute to aerosol particles in the atmosphere that can act as ice nucleating particles, catalyzing the formation of ice containing clouds. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of what processes and conditions affect the abundance and production of effective atmospheric ice nucleating particles from biological sources in the ocean.

Selected Publications

Coy, SR, Alsante AN, Van Etten, JL, Wilhelm SW (2019) Cryopreservation of Paramecium bursaria Chlorella Virus-1 during an active infection cycle of its host. PloS ONE 14(3).

Education

B.S. Microbiology, The University of Tennessee

Awards

2019-2020, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth P. Pipes Endowment Fellowship

2017-2020, Louis & Elizabeth Scherck Scholarship

Courses

OCNG 420, Biological Oceanography Lab

OCNG 252, Introduction to Oceanography Lab

Additional Information

Advisor: Dr. Daniel Thornton and Dr. Sarah Brooks

 

Conference Presentations (* indicates presenter)

*Hendrickson, B, Brooks, SD, Mirrielees, J, Alsante, A, Thornton, DCO, Moore, R, Crosbie, E, Ziembe, L (2019) The role of sea surface microlayer properties in cloud formation. North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES) Science Meeting, NASA Langley, Virginia, USA.

*Brooks, SD, Thornton, DCO, Wilbourn, E, Alsante, A, Mirrielees, J, Hendrickson, B, Niehaus, J, Ott, C, Graff, J, Quinn, PK, Bates, TS, Betha, R, Russell, LM, Behrenfeld, MJ (2019) Atmospheric ice nucleation by marine aerosols. North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES) Science Meeting, NASA Langley, Virginia, USA.

*Alsante, AN, Mirrielees, J, Thornton, DCO, Wilbourn, EK, Doyle, SM, Brooks, SD, Sylvan, JB (2019) Phytoplankto,\n organic matter and associated heterotrophic bacteria as a source of marine aerosol. American Geophysical Union Virtual Poster Showcase. Poster Presentation.

*Thornton, DCO, Brooks, SD, Wilbourn, E, Mirrielees, Alsante, A, Gold-Bouchot, G, McFadden, K, & Whitesell, A (2018) Effects of phytoplankton growth on the production of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) and ice nucleating particles (INP). American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Washington D.C. Oral Presentation.

*Mirrielees, J, Wilbourn, E, Alsante, A, Thornton, DCO, & Brooks, SD (December 2018) Insights into Marine Influence on CCN in Laboratory Measurements. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Washington D.C. Poster Presentation.

*Tucker, KR, Wilbourn, E, Ott, C, Hendrickson, B, Alsante, A, Mirrielees, J, Russell, LM, Saliba, G, & Brooks, SD (2018) Ice Nucleation Measurements and Parameterizations. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Washington D.C. Poster Presentation.

*Coy, SR, Wilhelm, S, Alsante, A, and Van Etten, JR (2017) Long-term Cryopreservation of Large, dsDNA Algal-Infecting Viruses. American Society for Microbiology Fall 2017 Annual Meeting Kentucky-Tennessee Branch. Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN. Oral Presentation.

  

Research Cruises and Field Work:

June 2019 (1 day): R/V Trident. Hurricane Harvey and Galveston Bay Research. Galveston Bay, TX.

June 2019 (2 days): R/V Rockport. Freshwater endmembers Sampling. Galveston, TX.

March 2019 (1 day): R/V Trident. Hurricane Harvey and Galveston Bay Research. Galveston Bay, TX.

November 2018 (1 day): R/V Trident. Hurricane Harvey and Galveston Bay Research. Galveston Bay, TX.

September 2018 (1 day): R/V Trident. Hurricane Harvey and Galveston Bay Research. Galveston Bay, TX.

March – April 2018 (25 days): R/V Atlantis. North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES). North Atlantic Ocean.

November 2017 (1 day): R/V Trident. Hurricane Harvey and Galveston Bay Research. Galveston Bay, TX.

 

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