Harmful Algal Bloom Research   

My research focuses on analysis, evaluation and development of strategies for managing harmful Algal Blooms (HAB's) with an eye toward methods for control and mitigation of bloms in both freshwater and marine systems.

Active research projects include examining the efficacy and impacts of using clay minerals to physically remove algal cells and their toxins from the water column, and the mechanisms of particle flocculation in marine systems. New research investigates the biology and ecology of the endoparasitic dinoflagellate, Amoebophrya sp., in order to understand its role in bloom dynamics of its dinoflagellate hosts, including some that form HABs, and to evaluate it potential as a biological control agent.


Dr. Mario Sengco

Research Scientist/

Smithsonian Environmental
Research Center
P.O. Box 28
Edgewater, Maryland 21037
Phone: 443-482-2362
Fax: 443-482-2380

Curriculum Vitae