Tawnya Peterson

Tawnya Peterson

Assistant Professor
Institute of Environmental Health; Division of Environmental and Biomolecular Systems
Affiliate Scientist, Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction
Office: Hatfield Research Center, 3rd floor, Room 316
Phone: 503-346-3423
Website: Aquatic Biogeochemistry and Plankton Ecology Group


B.Sc. Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, 1997
Ph.D. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2005


Research Interests

Biological oceanography; ecology and physiology of phytoplankton; harmful algal blooms; ocean observatories.


Selected Publications

Caroline S. Fortunato; Alexander Eiler; Lydie Herfort; Joseph A. Needoba; Tawnya D. Peterson; Byron C. Crump
Determining indicator taxa across spatial and seasonal gradients in the Columbia River coastal margin
ISME Journal. 2013;7(10):1899-1911.

Samyoung Ahn; Tawnya D. Peterson; Jason Righter; Danielle M. Miles; Paul G. Tratnyek
Disinfection of ballast water with iron activated persulfate
Environmental Science and Technology. 2013;47(20):11717-11725.

Lydie Herfort; Tawnya D. Peterson; Fredrick G. Prahl; Lee Ann McCue; Joseph A. Needoba; Byron C. Crump; G. Curtis Roegner; Victoria Campbell; Peter Zuber
Red Waters of Myrionecta rubra are Biogeochemical Hotspots for the Columbia River Estuary with Impacts on Primary/Secondary Productions and Nutrient Cycles
Estuaries and Coasts. 2012;35(3):878-891.

Tawnya D. Peterson; Paul J. Harrison
Diatom dynamics in a long-lived mesoscale eddy in the northeast subarctic Pacific Ocean
Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers. 2012;65:157-170.

Maria W. Smith; Michelle A. Maier; Dominic Suciu; Tawnya D. Peterson; Tyler Bradstreet; Jordan Nakayama; Holly M. Simon
High resolution microarray assay for rapid taxonomic assessment of Pseudo-nitzschia spp. (Bacillariophyceae) in the field
Harmful Algae. 2012;19:169-180.

Sherry L. Palacios; Tawnya D. Peterson; Raphael M. Kudela
Optical characterization of water masses within the Columbia River plume
Journal of Geophysical Research C: Oceans. 2012;117(11):[C11020].

S.M. McKibben; P.G. Strutton; D.G. Foley; T.D. Peterson; A.E. White
Satellite-based detection and monitoring of phytoplankton blooms along the Oregon coast

Journal of Geophysical Research C: Oceans. 2012;117(12):[C12002].

Tawnya D. Peterson; Rachel L. Golda; Michael L. Garcia; Binglin Li; Michelle A. Maier; Joseph A. Needoba; Peter Zuber
Associations between Mesodinium rubrum and cryptophyte algae in the Columbia River estuary
Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 2012;68(2):117-130.

Lydie Herfort; Tawnya D. Peterson; Lee Ann McCue; Byron C. Crump; Fredrick G. Prahl; Antonio M. Baptista; Victoria Campbell; Rachel Warnick; Mikaela Selby; G. Curtis Roegner; et al.
Myrionecta rubra population genetic diversity and its cryptophyte chloroplast specificity in recurrent red tides in the Columbia River estuary
Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 2011;62(1):85-97.

Tawnya D. Peterson; David W. Crawford; Paul J. Harrison
Evolution of the phytoplankton assemblage in a long-lived mesoscale eddy in the eastern Gulf of Alaska
Marine Ecology Progress Series. 2011;424:53-73.

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