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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
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Ms Nicola Pratt BSc (Hons), RSci, MRSB

Senior Marine Biology Technician

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Ms Nicola Pratt is Senior Marine Biology Technician within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.


BSc Microbiology (Hons), School of Biological Sciences, Cardiff University (2008)


Assistant Scientist (Microbiology), Environment Agency, Starcross (2009)

Quality Control Technologist, Public Health England, Porton Down (2009-10)

Research Technician, Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton (2010-14)

Senior Marine Biology Technician, Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton (2014 -present)

Research interests

Molecular and microbiological techniques in marine biology:

  • DNA/RNA/protein extraction
  • PCR and RT-qPCR
  • TA cloning
  • gDNA/RNA/amplicon NGS library preparation and sequencing on the Illumina MiSeq platform
  • Quantitative immunoblotting of photosynthetic proteins
  • Phytoplankton culture and physiology
  • Quantifying and characterising phytoplankton using flow cytometry
  • Fast Repetition Rate Fluorometry

Laboratory technical support for the OES Environmental Sequencing Facility

Research group

Marine Biogeochemistry

Affiliate research group

Marine Biology and Ecology

Research project(s)

Quantifying Protein Catalysts in Marine Systems

Macronutrient behaviour in estuarine systems

Marine Algal Biofuel

Quantifying and Monitoring Potential Ecosystem Impacts of Geological Carbon Storage (QICS)

Supervise the Marine Biology Technical Team.

Member of the OES Equality and Diversity Committee.

Training of staff and students in laboratory techniques and use of equipment.

Laboratory supervision of BSc, MSc and MRes project students.

Demonstrating on SOES3018 Applied Oceanography and Fieldwork.

Ms Nicola Pratt
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number : NOCS/676/17

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