Date of Submission

Spring 2016

Academic Programs and Concentrations


Project Advisor 1

Gabriel Perron

Abstract/Artist's Statement

The study of natural disasters is a narrow and undefined field. It is inarguable that their social and economic annual impact is enormous, costing many their homes, livelihoods, and lives. Despite the necessity to better understand high impact natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, and severe storms, the inherent risk present in such studies automatically reduces their feasibility. Most hurricane based research has been limited to the effects seen weeks, months and years after the event occurs. Here I perform an in depth analysis of the changes seen in the microbial environment of a flooded New York City immediately after the 2012 Hurricane Sandy. Through high-throughput sequencing, genetic analysis, and quantitative PCR I paint a picture of the changes we don’t see after the storm, and yet may have long-lasting impacts on post hurricane recovery.

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