Life in a dynamic ocean
The oceans are inherently patchy on many different temporal and spatial scales. This variability plays a fundamental role in driving biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem dynamics. We have several ongoing projects focused on understanding the impact of fine-scale environmental variability on marine microbial communities:
- Ocean patchiness: We are using a combination of remote-sensing data and in situ observations to quantify ocean heterogeneity, how it varies temporally spatially, and the impact on carbon cycling
Temporal variability: We are combining laboratory and modeling approaches to understand the impact of short-term temporal variability in environmental conditions on ecosystem dynamics.
Submesoscale bio-physical interactions: We are using numerical ecosystem models to understand the impact of submesoscale variability in nutrient delivery on marine ecosystem dynamics and investigate how this may change with climate change.