Past Research

Quantifying biological drivers of plankton patch formation

Will at Sea
attribution: smd

Our field-work aims to determine how much growth and mortality of plankton contribute to the formation of plankton patches, their persistence, and decline. The experiments are mostly done in a shallow, coastal fjord (East Sound, Orcas Island, Washington), and supplemented with seasonal studies in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Combining frequent small-boat surveys with laboratory measurements, we concurrently quantify the physical, chemical, and biological parameters associated with patch occurrence and dissipation at biologically meaningful resolution (meters and days).

Labward_bound

attribution:smd

This research provides insight into the coupling of small-scale biological and physical processes, and their contribution to larger-scale phenomena. Moreover, this project provides fascinating opportunities to investigate the role of spatial scale and heterogeneity on plankton population dynamics.

Associated Publications

Menden-Deuer 2008; Menden-Deuer & Fredrickson 2010; Menden-Deuer et al. 2010; Lawrence & Menden-Deuer, 2012; Menden-Deuer, 2012.