Sign of the times: the lipid signature of a collapsing phytoplankton bloom
Did you know that phytoplankton produce half the world’s breathable oxygen? These enigmatic organisms are a vital part of the marine ecosystem and closely connected to our terrestrial world, but there’s a lot we don’t know about them. This summer, I’ll be looking specifically at phytoplankton blooms – dynamic events in which they reproduce rapidly and overwhelm thousands of square kilometers of ocean – and studying the signals phytoplankton produce when stressed. This project will help us understand how carbon is sequestered in the ocean and the implications for the global carbon cycle.
Message to Sponsor
- Major: Marine Science / Molecular Environmental Biology
- Sponsor: Rose Hills Independent
- Mentor: Bethanie Edwards