United States Geological Survey
USGS-Office of the Regional Executive-SE Area
12703 Research Parkway
Orlando, FL 32826
I work on the taxonomy and physiology of cyanobacteria, with current emphasis on the Everglades, an oligotrophic environment that supports a variety of species. A select number of species are responsible for the bio-mediated precipitation of calcium carbonate, an important process in the Everglades. I am conducting studies on the survival, community dynamics and the onset of toxin production by cyanobacteria that survive desiccation (from droughts) in these habitats. I also maintain a culture collection of taste & odor and cyanotoxin-producing strains originally from the Metropolitan Water District of California. The cultures are used for collaborative research projects such as understanding the environmental queues of toxin production and standardization protocols for toxin extraction and analyses.
Selected Relevant Publications:
Rosen, B.H., Loftin, K.A., Smith, C.E., Lane, R.F., and Keydel, S.P., 2010, Microphotographs of cyanobacteria documenting the effects of various cell-lysis techniques: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report, 2010–1289, 203 p. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2010/1289/
Berger, P., Brooks J., Evens. T., Gobler, C., Graham, J., James Hyde, J., Dawn Karner, D., O'Shea, K., Paul, V. Paerl, H., Piehler, M. Rosen, B., Santelmann, M., Tester, P., and Westrick, J. 2008. Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms: Chapter 9: Causes, Prevention, and Mitigation US EPA Agency Papers.
Rosen, B.H. 2005. Potential Health Issues Associated with Blue-Green Algae Blooms in Impoundments, Ponds, and Lakes. Water Encyclopedia: Surface and Agricultural Water. Lehr, J. H. and Keeley, J, (eds).
Zimmerman, W.J., Soliman, C.M., and Rosen, B.H. 1995. Growth and 2-methylisoborneol production by the cyanobacteriumPhormidium sp. LM689. Water Sci. Technology. Vol. 31, No. 11. pp 181-186.
Boyer, G.L., Watzin, M.C., Shambaugh, A.D., Satchwell, M.F., Rosen, B.H., and Mihuc, T. 2004. The Occurrence of Cyanobacteria Toxins in Lake Champlain in: Lake Champlain: Partnerships and Research in the new Millennium, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press. Pp. 241-258, Manley, T.O., Manley, P.L. and Mihuc, T.B, (eds)
Zimmerman, W.J. and Rosen, B.H. 1992. Cyanobiont diversity within and among cycads of one field site. Canadian Journal of Microbiology Vol. 38: Pp. 1324-1328.
Rosen, B.H., MacLeod, B.W., and Simpson, M.R. 1992. Accumulation and Release of geosmin during the growth phases of Anabaena circinalis. Water Science Technol. Vol. 25: Pp. 185-190.