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Maria A. Faust

Maria A. Faust

Emeritus Microbiologist

Phone: 301-238-3788
Fax: 301-238-3667
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Smithsonian Institution
PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

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National Museum of Natural History
West Loading Dock
10th and Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20560-0166

     1951. B.S. Agricultural University, Budapest, Hungary. Major: Plant Physiology. 1962. Masters of Science, Rutgers The State University. Major: Soil Microbiology. 1970. Ph.D. University of Maryland. Major: Microbial Physiology. 1971-72. Post Doc. at Radiation Biology Laboratory, Smithsonian Institution. 1983. International Phytoplankton Course participant, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.

Research Interests
     My research career is dedicated to field and laboratory research to understand microbial interactions and biodiversity of dinoflagellate algae in tropical, marine, shallow water, mangrove and coral reef ecosystems, and to develop a premier U.S. Dinoflagellate Collection for research and teaching based on modern information technology.

Web Pages

Identifying Harmful Marine Dinoflagellates

Dinoflagellate Types

Recent Publications - (All Publications)

Tester, Patricia A., Kibler, Steven R., Holland, William C., Usup, Gires, Vandersea, Mark W., Leaw, Chui Pin, Teen, Lim Po, Larsen, Jacob, Mohammad-Noor, Normawaty, Faust, Maria A. and Litaker, R. W. 2014. Sampling harmful benthic dinoflagellates: Comparison of artificial and natural substrate methods. Harmful Algae, 39: 8-25. doi:10.1016/j.hal.2014.06.009

Vandersea, Mark W., Kibler, Steven R., Holland, William C., Tester, Patricia A., Schultz, Thomas F., Faust, Maria A., Holmes, Michael J., Chinain, Mirelle and Litaker, R. Wayne 2012. Development of Semi-Quantitative Pcr Assays for the Detection and Enumeration of Gambierdiscus Species (Gonyaulacales, Dinophyceae). Journal of Phycology, 48(4): 902-915. doi:10.1111/j.1529-8817.2012.01146.x

Litaker, R. W., Vandersea, Mark W., Faust, Maria A., Kibler, Steven R., Nau, Amy W., Holland, William C., Chinain, Mireille, Holmes, Michael J. and Tester, Patricia A. 2010. Global Distribution of Ciguatera Causing Dinoflagellates in the Genus Gambierdiscus. Toxicon, 56(5): 711-730. doi:10.1016/j.toxicon.2010.05.017

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