Tiny plants beneath northern sea ice feed all marine life. But warming temperatures and shrinking ice cover are changing the timing of spring phytoplankton blooms and causing some species to thrive while others decline. Aboard the R/V Oscar Dyson, scientists will study this spring’s sea-ice retreat and phytoplankton bloom in the Bering Sea off Alaska. Follow Lamont plankton ecologist Beth Stauffer as she blogs from the field.
Location: Bering Sea, off Kodiak, Alaska
Team: Beth Stauffer, Kali McKee
Purpose: Arctic Sea Ice and Plankton Research
Start Date: April 26, 2012 to May 9, 2012