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Department Seminar

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December 10, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Beth StaufferSpeaker:  Dr. Beth Stauffer, Assistant Professor, UL Lafayette, (hosted by A. Schnetzer)

Seminar Title:  Beyond Chlorophyll: The Variety of Roles and Controls Shaping Phytoplankton Communities

Abstract:  As the base of aquatic food webs, phytoplankton are instrumental in  the cycling of carbon, nutrients, and energy. These organisms come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and from many taxonomic groups; yet we often still rely on bulk measures of biomass (i.e. chlorophyll concentrations) to study their community dynamics. Based on work in coastal and estuarine ecosystems, and using methods ranging from stable isotope analyses to flow cytometry, we are deconstructing these communities to better understand the controls on their growth and the roles they play in larger ecosystems differ among phytoplankton groups, and what those differences mean for ecosystem functions.



December 10, 2018

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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1216 Jordan Addition
2720 Faucette Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695 United States

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