Cyanobacteria: from blooms to management
H. Dail Laughinghouse IV, Assistant Professor & State Extension Specialist – Phycology/HABs, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, UF / IFAS
Dr. Dail Laughinghouse has been with University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center since January of 2017. He specializes in Phycology, or the study of algae. He received his bachelor’s from the Universidade de Santa Cruz do Sul and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Dr. Laughinghouse is a broadly trained phycologist working with both basic and applied algal research from Tropical to Polar Regions. His background includes systematics, ecology, HABs, cyanotoxins, phycoremediation, biofuels, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics of marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. Some of the current research in the Laughinghouse Lab focuses on diversity and toxicity of cyanobacteria, environmental influences on macroalgae and microbial photoautotrophs, novel applied uses for algae, bioremediation, and the detection and effects of bioactive compounds. Research on testing different algal treatment methods with the industry is ongoing in the lab where Dr. Laughinghouse uses different approaches, bridging chemistry, genetics, diversity, and environment.