Phytoplankton in a changing world


Thursday, March 15, 2012
Redfield Auditorium - 12:00 Noon
Dr. Zoe Finkel
Canada Research Chair in Marine Environmental Ecology
Associate Professor
Environmental Science Program
Mount Allison University

Climate change is expected to influence phytoplankton biomass and community composition and consequently impact food web structure and elemental cycling in the sea.  In particular, cell size and the elemental composition of phytoplankton cells within communities are sensitive to changes in environmental conditions. I will discuss some of the recent evidence for how phytoplankton populations and communities respond to selected environmental and climatic conditions over physiological, ecological, and evolutionary timescales.