The Role of Nutrients in the Formation, Maintenance, and Transformation of Phytoplankton Thin Layers
MAINE UNIV AT WALPOLE DARLING MARINE CENTER
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This project is a collaboration between Dr. Robert Byrne, University of South Florida, and the PI Perry. Our long-term objective is to better understand the mechanisms involved in the development, maintenance, and transformation of optically-active, thin layers. Because nutrients play an important role in regulating phytoplankton growth and in maintaining phytoplankton thin layers, our specific goals are to determine how phytoplankton photosynthetic physiology responds to small changes in nutrient flux and how nutrient flux regulates thin layer dynamics.
- Biological Oceanography