Tiffany Baskerville is a PhD candidate at Florida A&M University, the lead institution of the NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC). Tiffany graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Fort Valley State University and directly entered the FAMU Environmental Science Ph.D. program. Born and raised in the coastal community of Hampton Roads, Virginia, she was excited to have the opportunity to learn more about the coastal issues that impact the area she calls home while also integrating her love of science with her desire to serve her community.
As a graduate research assistant in the Aquatic Sciences Laboratory at FAMU, Tiffany has collaborated in several research campaigns. Most recently, she participated in the 3 week Deep Ocean Refractory Carbon Expedition in the Gulf of Alaska led by Dr. Dennis Hansell. In addition, she has trained several undergraduate and graduate students in field preparation, aquatic sampling techniques, and microbial and biogeochemical analyses.
Tiffany will use GRTSP resources to conduct in-depth microbial molecular sequencing analysis of offshore samples collected following the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill at the NOAA Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research. She expects her dissertation research will fulfill the need for continuous data on the effects of crude oil and the dispersant Corexit® EC9500A on aquatic microbial communities. Her research will enhance coastal resource managers to better understand the biogeochemical effects and ultimately the ecological response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.