The Role of Nutrients in the Formation, Maintenance, and Transformation of Phytoplankton Thin Layers
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA SAINT PETERSBURG COLL OF MARINE SCIENCE
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This project is a collaboration between Dr. Robert Byrne, University of South Florida, and Dr. Mary Jane Perry, University of Maine. 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, how nutrient flux regulates thin layer dynamics, and how changes in pH can be used to infer the net trophic status of a thin layer.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography