Research Scientist
Jennifer Wolny
Jennifer Wolny


1999 — MS Biology – Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

1996 — BS Biology and Biochemistry – Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA


2002 — Present, Research Faculty, Florida Institute of Oceanography

2000 — 2002, Biological Scientist II, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

1999 — 2000, Research Staff, Florida Marine Research Institute

1996 — 1999, Research Assistant, Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program

Research Interests:

My work focuses on the taxonomy of harmful algal species and various aspects of harmful algal bloom monitoring. Currently I am involved with projects that monitor for the saxitoxin producing dinoflagellate Pyrodinium bahamense in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Red Tide Offshore Volunteer Monitoring Program, and biotoxin monitoring in shellfish harvesting areas with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Selected Publications:

Phlips, E., S. Badylak, M. Christman, J. Wolny, J. Brame, J. Garland, L. Hall, J. Hart, J. Landsberg, M. Lasi, J. Lockwood, R. Paperno, D. Scheidt, A. Staples, and K. Steidinger. 2010. Scales of temporal and spatial variability in harmful algae species in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, USA. Harmful Algae, Volume 10, issue 3, March 2011, 277-290.

Landsberg, J., J. Wolny, R. Paperno, L. Flewelling, A. Staples, J. Brame, K. Steidinger, E. Phlips, S. Badylak, M. Christman, J. Garland, D. Scheidt, M. Lasi, and L. Hall. 2008. Monitoring of toxic algae in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, USA. FWC/FWRI Report #F2631 06-08F. 34p.

Steidinger, K., J. Wolny, and A. Haywood. 2008. Identification of Kareniaceae (Dinophyceae) in the Gulf of Mexico. Nova Hedwigia. 133: 269-284.

Tiffany, M., J. Wolny, M. Garrett, and K. Steidinger. 2007. Dramatic blooms of Prymnesium sp. and the marine dinoflagellate, Alexandrium margalefii, in the Salton Sea, California. Lake and Reservoir Management. 23: 620-629.

Naar, J., L. Flewelling, A. Lenzi, J. Abbott, A. Granholm, H. Jacocks, D. Gannon, M. Henry, R. Pierce, D. Baden, J. Wolny, and J. Landsberg. 2007. Brevetoxins, like ciguatoxins, are potent ichthyotoxic neurotoxins that accumulate in fish. Toxicon. 50: 707-723.

Landsberg, J., S. Hall, J. Johannessen, K. White, S. Conrad, J. Abbott, L. Flewelling, R. Richardson, R. Dickey, E. Jester, S. Etheridge, J. Deeds, F. Van Dolah, T. Leighfield, Y. Zou, C. Beaudry, R. Benner, P. Rodgers, P. Scott, K. Kawabata, J. Wolny, and K. Steidinger. 2006. Saxitoxin puffer fish poisoning in the United States, with the first report of Pyrodinium bahamense as the putative toxin source. Environmental Health Perspectives. 114: 1502-1507.

Wetz, M., K. Hayes, A. Lewitus, J. Wolny, and D. White. 2006. Variability in phytoplankton pigment biomass and composition over tidal cycles in a salt marsh estuary. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 320: 109-120.