Sonya Dyhrman’s LAb at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Microbial Oceanography Group

Members of the Dyhrman group are broadly interested in how phytoplankton interact with their geochemical environment, looking at
the interface of microbial physiology and the biogeochemical cycles of nitrogen and phosphorus. 

Group members are using a suite of approaches  to examine nutrient assimilation in model cultures and field populations.  This research emphasis provides advanced training for graduate students and is also used as a framework for the development and implementation of inquiry-based educational activities for children.


Outreach Events!

Over 7000 people attended SUBMERGE - a FREE, day-long science extravaganza on September 24 to celebrate local marine science and to raise awareness about our coastal waters.  Presented by the Hudson River Park in partnership with the New York Hall of Science, participants enjoyed hands-on science activities, catch-and-release fishing, science stage events, kayaking and more! 

The Dyhrman Lab participated for the 2nd time, and engaged kids and adults with the Artistic Oceanographer program and live phytoplankton under the microscope.

LAB Highlights

Natalia Erazo, a senior at Columbia University, talks to young kids about the importance of phytoplankton at SUBMERGE in New York City (photo courtesy of Margie Turrin, LDEO).

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