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Biology Seminar Speaker: Michael Behrenfeld, Oregon State University, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology,

This Friday's Biology Department Seminar speaker is:

Michael Behrenfeld, Ph.D.
Oregon State University, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology,

“Rediscovering Phytoplankton Blooms.”

Friday, March 31, 2017
3:50 pm Pre-seminar tea
4:10 pm Seminar begins
Biology 19

Student Lunch: Students interested in joining Dr. Behrenfeld for lunch should RSVP by Kristy Gonyer. Then plan to meet in B-115 shortly before noon on Friday. Commons dining room vouchers will be distributed at that time.

Abstract: Phytoplankton blooms are major events in aquatic ecosystems that have important ecological and biogeochemical consequences.  Initiation, development, and termination of blooms are governed by complex predator-prey interactions and physically-driven variations in light, nutrient, and temperature conditions.  Understanding these dependencies is fundamental to assessing future change in bloom frequency, duration, and magnitude and represents a fundamental challenge in global change biology.  In recent years, advanced field and remote sensing technologies have challenged traditional interpretations of blooms and yielded new insights on processes controlling annual cycles in phytoplankton biomass.    This seminar will highlight some of these new developments, contrast them with historical interpretations, and look forward to future directions for research.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 at 4:10pm

Biology, Biology 19
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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