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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.

Head of project

Mehdi Cherif
Associate professor

Project overview

Project period:

Start date: 2016-10-01

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Ecology and Environmental Science

Research subject