LaRoche Lab

We Love Marine Microbes!

Welcome to the LaRoche Lab website. Here you'll find info regarding the lab's personnel, as well as research being conducted by the LaRoche Lab group. We are located in the Dept. of Biology at Dalhousie University. Our research primarily focuses on Marine Microbial Genomics & Biogeochemistry. We are always interested in hearing from potential collaborators. Also, if you are a Dal undergraduate student wondering about biology honours research, please feel free to contact us.  

Lab News

Nov 2021: LaRoche Lab members, Shannon Myles and Liam MacNeil, win data contest for their creative ideas on data collection onboard a future Bedford Ferry in Halifax, NS.  

Sept 2021: Dr. LaRoche and Dr. Worm of the Dalhousie Biology Department are elected as Royal Society of Canada (RSC) Fellows.  

July 2021: The Bedford Basin's Oxygen levels is a hot topic in a recent CBC article

June 2021:
 Congratulations to Liam who successfully defended his Master's thesis this month! Read more about Liam's MSc research on phytoplankton classification via holographic microscopy in his recently published article at BMC Ecology and Evolution. :)  

June 20, 2021: The LaRoche Lab participates in Ocean Sampling Day!

Summer 2021: This summer the LaRoche Lab welcomes its newest postdoc, Dr. Eric Raes! Check out Eric's exciting research interests.

April 2021
: The wonders of nitrification decoupling via biomass dilution are explored in our latest co-authored PNAS paper featuring sampling from the Bedford Basin Time Series. This research was a collaboration between the LaRoche, Wallace, and Algar labs at Dalhousie and ft. PhD students Sebastian Haas, Brent Robicheau, and Subhadeep Rakshit.

March 2021:
Congrats to Connor who successfully defended her Master's thesis. Yay! Connor's MSc research was also recently profiled in The Journal of Ocean Technology. 

February 2021:
Congrats to previous lab member, Dr. Joerg Behnke, who's recent paper on N-linked glycosylation enzymes in Thalassiosira oceanica was published in Scientific Reports.

Sept 2020: After a five month pandemic related hiatus, the Bedford Basin Monitoring Program is back in action! 

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