Brett Nelson

Mentor: Dr. Ann Wilkie
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
"I began my research in the summer of 2014 with an internship at the Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology laboratories. I became involved in research because of my deep interest in the future of energy. I believe research experience is very important as I have chosen to pursue a career in researching alternative energy options."


Environmental Science



Research Interests

  • Algal Biofuels
  • Renewable Energy
  • Economics

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • Dean's List
  • Orange and Blue Scholarship


  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Alpha Zeta
  • ACCENT Speakers Bureau


  • UF Dance Marathon - Morale Staff
  • Special Olympics Montgomery County

Hobbies and Interests

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Nature

Research Description

Algal Lipid Induction

My objective is to grow algae using a two-stage culturing process to first grow algae for maximal cell density and then shift to a completely nutrient-less media to induce maximum lipid potential. I hope to demonstrate that the two stage process can be successful when the algae use ammonium as its original nitrogen source. Using ammonium as a nitrogen source shows that the two stage process can be successful when using wastewater (high in ammonium) for future experiments. The main objective is to understand more about the triggers of the metabolic pathway that lead to the production of lipids under nitrogen depleted environments.