Pia Moisander, PhD

Associate Professor




Violette Research 209


1996University of Helsinki, FinlandMS in Limnology
2002University of North Carolina Chapel HillPhD in Marine Science


  • Marine Microbiology
  • General Microbiology Laboratory
  • Biology of Cells Laboratory




Research interests

  • Marine microbial ecology
  • Diversity, distributions, and activity of marine microbes contributing to nitrogen fixation
  • Microbially mediated transformations of nitrogen
  • Ecology of toxin-producing cyanobacteria
  • Cyanobacterial blooms


Research Activities

  • EAGER: Collaborative Research: Detection limit in oceanic nitrogen fixation measurements - Constraints of rates from the mesopelagic ocean. NSF-Chemical Oceanography. 2017-2018.
  • Microbial associations in zooplankton: significance for the marine nitrogen cycle. NSF-Biological Oceanography. Sep 15 2011 - August 31 2016
  • Boston Engineering Corporation (Naval Sea Systems). Influence of UV light on marine biofilms. 2016-2019

Select publications

Moisander PH, Benavides M, Berman-Frank I, Bonnet S, White A, Riemann L. (2017).
Chasing after non-cyanobacterial nitrogen fixation in marine pelagic environments
Frontiers in Microbiology, 8

Shoemaker KM, Moisander PH (2017).
Seasonal variation in the copepod gut microbiome in the subtropical North Atlantic Ocean
Environmental Microbiology, 19, 3087-3097.

Moisander PH, Sexton AD, Daley MC. (2015).
Stable associations masked by temporal variability in the marine copepod microbiome
PLoS ONE, 10, 733-744.

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