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E. Virginia Armbrust
OCEAN 531
Seattle Campus

Marine Phytoplankton and Biogeochemistry

Covers phytoplankton in the marine environment: evolution, ecology, primary productivity, and physiology, emphasizing their role in the global carbon cycle; spatial and temporal distributions of phytoplankton and how these patterns may change as ocean conditions change; and methods for determining distributions and rates in different ocean ecosystems. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: W, even years.

Class description

The overall goal of this class is for students to gain an understanding of how phytoplankton influence global biogeochemical cycles. We will move between different scales, from molecular to global, to understand key aspects of phytoplankton evolution, physiology and ecology. The second goal is for students to synthesize what is learned in class to address a complicated real-life global issue. The exact topic will be decided each year and will serve as the context for the class

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Discussion, lectures, primary literature.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will include discussion and reading of primary literature, a class presentation on a topic of choice, and preparation of a paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by E. Virginia Armbrust
Date: 06/22/2010