Ecology and Dynamics of PicophytoeukaryotesProject lead: Sebastian Sudek, Alexandra Z. Worden
Project manager: Alexandra Z. Worden
The Worden lab will continue research to identify picoplankton genes for physiological stress and health. Experiments will target predicted end-of-century CO2 levels and nutrients to learn how phytoplankton respond to such conditions. Field analyses will focus on the microbial community and potential trophic interactions.
Molecular Ecology of Marine and Aquatic OrganismsProject lead: Bob Vrijenhoek
Project manager: Shannon Johnson Williams
Vrijenhoek’s research group is contributing to the CANON initiative by designing experiments to understand how zooplankton are distributed in the water column, and how best to autonomously acquire samples for molecular biologically-based population analyses. They will also focus on mapping, sampling, and analyses of clams in Monterey Bay and Southern California.
Monterey Bay Time SeriesProject lead: Francisco Chavez
Project manager: Tim Pennington
The Monterey Bay Time Series utilizes moorings, drifters, gliders, AUVs, ships, satellites, and models to study ocean ecosystem variability and climate change.