Montage of SEM photographs of phytoplankton
Phytoplankton (left to right) Dinophysis dinoflagellate, Cocolithophore, Chaetoceros centric diatom, Asterionella diatom. SEM images by Kurt Buck.


The focus of our studies is understanding the causes for phytoplankton variability on global to meso scales and determining the nature of the coupling between climate, ocean physics, marine chemistry, and phytoplankton. The phytoplankton responses range from those at the species level to the bulk of properties of the communities including productivity and particle flux and their roles in the biogeochemical cycling of elements in the ocean.

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