Paul G. Falkowski1, Matthew J.
Oliver, Nature Reviews Microbiology
This is a research article from the journal Nature on the link between climate-driven physical processes and evolution of microbial communities in the ocean. Topics covered include oceanic nutrient cycling, turbulent mixing produced by wind and solar heat, the effect of turbulent mixing and nutrient concentrations on cell size, reconstructing past nutrient/mixing conditions and community structure and using microfossils, and predicting future shifts in community structure due to global warming. Most processes are described both verbally and in mathematical terms (i.e. equations). There are Powerpoint slide versions of all figures for use by teachers. This would be good background material for microbial evolution teachers, or reading material for graduate students.