- Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, Oregon State University
- M.Sc. Biological Oceanography, University of Washington
- B.S. (Diplom) Biology, University of Kiel
Susanne Neuer?s research bridges marine biogeochemistry and plankton ecology and is focused on the biological carbon pump, its relationship to plankton community composition, trophic links and surface productivity. Her research group has published articles on the biological carbon pump and nutrient budgets of the eastern and western subtropical Atlantic. They have also applied DNA-based molecular techniques to help decipher the contributors to particle flux. Her group has also studied the role of sea ice organisms in the carbon cycle of the Arctic.
More recently, Professor Neuer and her group have focused on aggregation processes in the smallest of the plankton organisms, the picoplankton, which includes the abundant picocyanobacteria Synechococcus and Prochlorococcus. Another area of interest is the monitoring of algal blooms in the local reservoirs and their detection using satellite remote sensing.
She has participated in more than 25 cruises, five as chief scientist. She teaches oceanography, ecology, environmental life sciences and marine biology.