Phycoerythrin Signatures in the Littoral Zone
OREGON UNIV EUGENE DEPT OF BIOLOGY
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I am interested in the role of different phytoplankton species or taxonomic groups in ecosystem-level processes in the sea. Marine phytoplankton have evolved an astonishing array of different light harvesting systems and I am particularly interested in the way that the in situ optical environment determines which type of light harvesting system is most successful in a given optical environment. To this end, I have been working with experts in remote sensing and ocean optics to develop and optical biogeography for different spectral forms of marine picoplankton. These are globally important organisms for which my long-term goal is the development of methods to estimate their importance in a given region of the ocean by remote sensing. I am also interested in expanding the application of optical biogeography to other taxonomic groups of phytoplankton and to the question of whether or not water masses can be considered discrete habitats for microbial communities.
- Biological Oceanography