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The role of morphology and size in the response of the phytoplankton to hydrodynamics

Research project In this project we aim to investigate the interactions between phytoplankton organisms and turbulence under a variety of aquatic environments.

The primary aim of this study is to determine how the morphology (size, shape and structure) of the phytoplankton dictates how they become dominant under a variety of turbulent regimes. This information is crucial in furthering our understanding of how phytoplankton growth, productivity, sedimentation and species diversity are affected especially as climate change continues to alter the physical and chemical characteristics of our oceans.

Project overview

Project period:

Start date: 2016-10-01

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Ecology and Environmental Science

Research area

  • Project members

    External project members

    Danielle J. Wain, PhD. Colby College, Waterville, US

    Russell Arnott. Water Environment & Infrastructure Resilience (WEIR), Bath, UK

    Lee Bryant, PhD. Water Environment & Infrastructure Resilience (WEIR), Bath, UK