Antarctic plankton in a changing ocean

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Follow our research cruise Dec 19, 2016- Jan 23, 2017

On this Antarctic cruise, we’ll study how plankton adapt to new environments, particularly those driven by climate change. We’ll measure the genetic diversity of diatoms (a planktonic algae with key roles in marine food webs and biogeochemical cycles) and examine how diatoms respond to changes in water temperature and ocean acidification. This cruise is the first step in a 4 year collaborative project between oceanographers and evolutionary biologists.