Alexandria G Hounshell

Biogeochemical Cycling

New Website!

I’ve updated my website and moved it to a new location. Please visit here for all the updates on my research, outreach, and general activities.

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Twitter: @Seashells1111

Email: alexgh AT live DOT unc DOT edu

My research simplified

Have you ever tried to distill your research down to the simplest terms (aka: using only the ten hundred most common words used)? Yeah, it’s not as easy as you’d think especially when those ten hundred words don’t contain words like, ‘plant’, ‘oceans’, and ‘sources’, much less ‘phytoplankton’, ‘estuaries’, and ‘nutrients’. Using The Up-Goer Five Text Editor, you too can take the challenge!

Here’s what I came up with:

I study different types of things used by tiny animals that live in the water, to grow. These tiny animals use these really simple things to make their own food. They can then use the food they make to grow bigger. But it’s not as easy as that. There are some things these animals use that are bigger and harder to use than these simple things. I’m trying to figure out what bigger things these animals can use to grow and if we, as humans, are putting these bigger things into our water. If these animals grow so much that there too many of them in the water, then bad things can happen, such as other dead animals. We have to find out what bigger things these animals can use in order to stop the death of other animals and save our water!


HitchhikerHello there and welcome! I’ve created this site to chronicle my journey as a graduate student in the marine sciences. I will be posting about my research, outreach activities, travels, publications, life as a student, and other musings relevant to the sciences. Feel free to contact me at the e-mail address provided, or tweet at me!