My role at SAMS
As the Microbiology Laboratory Assistant my main task is making sterilised culture media to a specific recipe and instructions for the CCAP support scientists as well as filling out customer orders of feshwater algal media, protozoan media or marine media, which are sent out all over the world.
To do is, I also have to prepare stock solutions; maintain chemical list; ordering chemicals and adhering to COSSH regulations.
Another main task that I preform at SAMS is maintaining several CCAP strains, including brown seaweeds and protozoa which can be supplied to customers.
I am also involved in the settling and handling of phytoplankton samples for the phytoplankton monitoring programme.
Finally, I train new staff and students how to prepare media for microbiology.