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Details of Dr. Merrie Beth Neely   


Gender female
Job title Phytoplankton Ecologist and Program Manager
PO Box 15902
Regions Sea of Azov
Tel 01-727-365-4617
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Degree PhD
Job type Natural Resource Management
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology
Research Activities Deploy, operate and maintain the MARVIN autonomous research vessel for water quality monitoring. Operate and manage the Harmful Algal Bloom nutrient chemistry program, laboratory and equipment. Conduct research cruises (Chief scientist) for the collection of nutrient and hydrographic data from the Florida's west coastal waters to further the understanding of oceanic and estuarine nutrient dynamics and harmful algal blooms. Analyze and interpret the data from both the MARVIN units and the field collections graphically and critically for use in reports, scientific papers and presentations, and to assist resource managers in decision-making. Supervise 4 fulltime staff and several volunteers and an intern. Managed reports and spending on two federal grants (NOAA and USACE), two state contracts and several report based deliverable purchase orders (USF). Publish in peer-reviewed journals and present scientific findings at local, state and international conferences, meetings and workshops.Responsible for the Harmful Algal Bloom database entry and management and conduct multivariate statistical analysis for a variety of monitoring programs in Florida and elsewhere. Assistant to the Editor of the Xth International Conference on Harmful Algae Proceedings.Conducts the regulatory review and processing of JCP and ERP applications (Chapter 373, sections 40 and 62-4/-b41/-b49/302/330/341/343; Chapter 161; Chapter 18-20, section 62, F.S.) and the co-processing of authorizations to use sovereign submerged lands (Chapters 253/258 F.S.) according to statutes, rules, and procedures. Adjunct faculty teaching biological and environmental science courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
Research Region 34, 35 , 36, 72
Working languages English, German
Skills/Expertise I have assisted the editor for the Proceedings of the Xth International HAB conference – an international conference with over 850 attendees and nearly 600 pages of refereed papers. I have organized a statistics workshop with international attendees (30 attendees). I have organized a chemical safety and hazardous waste seminar for my section (25 attendees) and I have organized 9 computer classes for the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (~100 attendees). I have participated in a Walz Pulse Amplitude Modulated fluorometry workshop.Technical Skills: computer data entry and management (Word (intro and intermediate), Wordperfect, Quattro Pro, Excel (intro and intermediate), Powerpoint (intro and intermediate and multimedia), Publisher (intro), Access (intro and intermediate), CorelDraw, Surfer, SAS for Windows, CAST-NET and MERMAID metadata, Adobe Illustrator, PRIMER, Visual Basic, Seasoft/Seasave, Aquarius, Loggernet, Ecowatch, Nuview, SonUtils/ViewArgonaut), Latchet autoanalyzer, spectrophotometer, fluorometer, elemental analyzer, lyophelilzer, YSI/Hydrolab multiprobe, ISCO water sampler, Vaisala met station, Campbell Scientific datalogger, YSI nitrate analyzer, YSI phytoflash, WS Oceans nitrate/phosphate sensors, WS Oceans modified urea sensor, wetstar in situ fluorometer, CTD (underway system and rosette), nephelometer, Licor light meter, scanning electron and light microscopy; SCUBA (NAUI), Florida Safe Boating, First Aid (AHA) and CPR (AHA) certifications. Extensive field work experience including 45 Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic cruises (20 as chief scientist) on five different research vessels and countless day trips in Tampa Bay, the Caloosahatchee River and Florida Bay for over 3000 hours of working shiptime. Small boat (<25’) operation. AAUS Scientific Diver in training.
Comments Professional Honors and Awards: NSF On the Cutting Edge 2002-03 Workshops for Geoscience Faculty: Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences, August 14-17, 2003, Stanford University. NSF COop:CBED Workshop, April 5-7, 2004, St. Petersburg, FL. Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, Colloquium “Functioning of Microphytobenthos in Estuaries” (only 50 participants worldwide were selected), August 21-23, 2004, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Associate Member of Sigma Xi (Tampa Bay Chapter). Session Chair, Nutrients section of the BIOSENSE workshop, Mote Marine Laboratory, June 19-20, 2007; Outstanding Leadership Award 2005-2006, Effective Team Award 2001-2002, Crisis Response Team Award 2002-2003 and 2005-2006, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. Florida Institute of Oceanography, Student Grant In Aid, 2001-2005. Served as the Agency lead on the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s Water Quality team (Tampa Bay Community Workshop, August 23, 2005, Tampa, FL; Chlorophyll Workshop, Mobile, AL, September 24-26, 2007) and also served on the Joint Water Quality-Nutrient team (Nutrients Criteria Conference, January 16-18, 2007, Gulf Breeze, FL; Nutrient Fate and Transport Workshop, Galveston TX, February 19-21, 2008). Agency lead for the ORION program Design and Implementation Workshop, March 27-30, 2005, Salt Lake City, UT.
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Dr. Merrie NEELY)

Boss, E., M.B. Neely, and J. Werdell. 2012. COL-NASA Data QC Workshop Final Report. 28p.
Neely, M. B., 2008. Benthic Microalgae and Nutrient Flux in Florida Bay, USA. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of South Florida. 185p.
Dixon, L.K., G.A. Vargo, J.O.R. Johansson, R.T. Montgomery and M.B. Neely. 2008. Trends and explanatory variables for the major phytoplankton groups of two southwestern Florida estuaries, U.S.A. Journal of Sea Research
Neely, M.B., K. Dziemiela, C. A. Heil, G. A. Vargo, C. Hu, F. Muller-Karger, K. Carder, D. English, R. Weisberg, J. Law, J. Walsh, and K. Duncan. 2006. Southwest Florida Riverine-Red Tide Study USACOE Contract No. W912HZ-05-C-0040, Final Report. 121p.
Hu, C., F. Muller-Karger, G.A. Vargo, M. B. Neely, and E. Johns, 2004 Linkages between coastal runoff and the Florida Keys ecosystem: A study of a dark plume event. Geophysical Research Letters, 31: L15307.
Neely, M.B., K. Steidinger, C. Heil, C. Hu, K. Carder, J. Hunt, G. McRae, J. Cannizzaro, J. Ivey, D English, E. Peebles, P. Coble. 2004. Florida?s Blackwater Event. p 377-379. In Harmful Algal Blooms 2002, Steidinger, K., J. Landsberg, C. Tomas, G. Vargo (Eds.), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and Florida Institute of Oceanography.
Vargo, G.A. C. A. Heil, D. N. Ault, M. B. Neely, S. Murasko, J. Havens, K. Lester, L. K. Dixon, R. Merkt, J. Walsh, R. Weisberg and K. A. Steidinger. 2004. Four Karenia brevis blooms: A comparative analysis. p. 14-16. In Harmful Algal Blooms 2002, Steidinger, K., J. Landsberg, C. Tomas, G. Vargo (Eds.), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and Florida Institute of Oceanography.
Vargo, G., C. Heil, D. Spence, M. B. Neely, R. Merkt, K. Lester, R. Weisburg, J. Walsh and K. Fanning. 2001. An overview of the ECOHAB: FLORIDA region on the west Florida shelf: Basic hydrographic information and its relationship to a Gymnodinium breve Davis (Gymnodiniales, Dinophyceae) red tide. p. 157-160 In Harmful Algal Blooms 2000, Hallegraeff, G. et al. (Eds.), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO 2001.
Lester, K. L., R. Merkt, C. Heil, G. Vargo, M. B. Neely, D. Spence and L. Melahn. 2001. Evolution of a Gymnodinium breve (Gymnodiniales, Dinophyceae) red tide bloom on the west Florida shelf: Relationship with organic nitrogen and phosphorus. p 161-164 In Harmful Algal Blooms 2000, Hallegraeff, G. et al. (Eds.), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO 2001.
Heil, C. A., G. A. Vargo, D. Spence, M. B. Neely, R. Merkt, K. Lester and J. J. Walsh. 2001. Nutrient Stoichiometry of a Gymnodinium breve Davis (Gymnodiniales: Dinophyceae) bloom: What limits blooms in oligotrophic environments? p 165-168 In Harmful Algal Blooms 2000, Hallegraeff, G. et al. (Eds.), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO 2001.
Vargo, G. and M. B. Neely. 1998. Effects of effluent from a desalination plant on benthic microalgal communities in Parham Harbor, Antigua. SWFWMD SWIM Program Final Report, March 2000.
Neely, M. B., 1996. Somatic, Respiratory and Photosynthetic Responses of Halodule wrightii to in situ light reduction in Tampa Bay, including a whole plant carbon budget. M.S. Thesis, University of South Florida. 124p. Also pp. 33-48 In: Bortone, S.A. (ed.). 1999. Seagrass: Monitoring, Ecology, Physiology, and Management. Proceedings of a workshop
Vargo, G.A., C.A. Heil, K.A. Fanning, L.K. Dixon, D. Ault, M.B. Neely,, S. Murasko, J. Havens, J. Walsh, and S. Bell. 2008. Nutrient availability in support of Karenia brevis blooms on the central West Florida Shelf: What keeps Karenia blooming? Continental Shelf Research (28):73-98.
Singh, E. and M. B. Neely. 1998. Toxic terrors of the sea. Interactive Teacher. 3(5): 40-46.
Lester, K.M., C. Heil, M.B. Neely, D. Spence, S. Murasko, S. Milroy, T. Hopkins, T. Sutton, S. Burghart, R. Bohr, A. Remson, G. Vargo, and J. Walsh. 2008. In Press. Zooplankton and Karenia brevis in the Gulf of Mexico. Coastal Shelf Research: 28 (1), p.99-111.
Vargo G.A., G.L. Hitchcock, M.B. Neely, J. Jurado. (In press) Estimates of Phytoplankton Growth from a Lagrangian Experiment in Western Florida Bay, USA. Contributions in Marine Science.
Blakesley, B. A., J.H. Landsberg, D.M Berns, R.O. Reese, B.B. Ackerman, M.W. White, M.B. Neely, M.O. Hall. Submitted. The occurrence and distribution of the slime net Labyrinthula sp. in the seagrass Thalassia testudinum (Banks ex Konig) in Florida Bay, USA. Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Created: 2010-08-19 Last Updated: 2016-06-16 by Merrie NEELY