Research themes in the Laney lab

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See a slideshow of phytoplankton cells from the Arctic Ocean that were collected with an imaging flow cytometer custom built for work on an icebreaker.

Main themes of research in the Laney Lab

Research in my lab typically involves projects that address interdisciplinary questions about ocean phytoplankton in one or more of the following areas:

  • Responses of an individual phytoplankton cell to changes in its environment
  • Aspects of phytoplankton ecology that are important over one or several generations
  • Assessing photosynthetic ecology of phytoplankton using optical approaches
  • Applying bio-optical techniques and instruments to new oceanographic opportunities

Answering questions in these areas involves a combination of research approaches, including field work, instrument development, numerical modeling, and laboratory studies. My favorite research questions are those that revisit longstanding or 'stalled' paradigms in phytoplankton ecology, to see if new observational or conceptual approaches can be used to restart inquiry in those areas.

Oceanus article

WHOI's magazine Oceanus recently published an article about some research in my lab that thinks about phytoplankton from the perspective of the individual cell. Read about it here.


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Last updated May 30, 2017
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