I am interested in developing new analytical methods for characterizing organic compounds that are produced by marine microbes. My graduate research is focused on the characterization of organic compounds that bind trace metals in seawater (particularly Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn). These ligands are ubiquitous throughout the ocean and their composition has important consequences for metal solubility, toxicity, and bioavailability. Little is known, however, about their chemical composition. Using hyphenated liquid chromatography mass spectrometry methods and NMR, I am currently developing an analytical pipeline for the structural characterization of novel ligands from seawater and marine cultures.