Tiny microbes called phytoplankton are churning away in the oceans, taking in carbon dioxide and producing the oxygen we breathe. Scientists recognize their value, but many questions remain about what will happen to their productivity as the oceans warm, carbon dioxide levels rise, and the nutrients they rely on become scarce. A new study explores those questions using a mix of techniques from genomics and oceanography and a newly created database of millions of phytoplankton RNA strands contributed by scientists from labs around the world.
|Name||Title||Fields of interest|
|Kyle Frischkorn||Graduate Student|
|Nigel D'Souza||Postdoctoral Research Scientist||Aquatic Microbiology, Microbial and Phytoplankton Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Microscopy and Bioimaging, Molecular Biology|
|Gregory O'Mullan||Adjunct Associate Research Scientist||Environmental microbiology, biogeochemistry, and molecular ecology|
October 12, 2015
January 26, 2010
O. Roger Anderson is a microbiologist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory who studies bacteria, amoebas, fungi and other microorganisms. Lately he has been thinking about how tiny organisms that inhabit the vast northern tundra regions could contribute to changing climate, since, like humans, they breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide.
|Hudson River: A Swimmable Future?||Part of the 2011 Public Lecture Series|