The Role of Lipids in the Response to Phosphorus Limitation by Phytoplankton

January 27, 2012
Earth Science Colloquium


Ben Van Mooy
Associate Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Ben Van Mooy, Associate Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, is a biogeochemist who has done some interesting work on the ability of phytoplankton to switch to sulfolipids from phospholipids when phosphorus is scarce, a potentially important capability in the analysis of P vs. N limitation. He also showed how other lipids cause cell death during viral infection of phytoplankton.