Mix and match: how climate selects phytoplankton

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.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Climatology :Global energy balance, Atmospheric and oceanic circulation, Evolution of climate and atmosphere, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Evolution, Biogeochemical cycling, Environmental Science:Ecosystems, Ecosystems:Ecology, Biodiversity, Biology, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Geoscience:Oceanography, Oceanography:Physical , Biological, Geoscience:Biogeosciences , Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, History and evolution of Earth's climate, Paleoclimate records, Climate feedbacks, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Climate sensitivity and feedbacks, Biology:Ecology:Food Webs:Microbial Food Webs, Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Food Webs, Principles, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Diversity, Ecology, Ecology:Habitats, Habitats:Marine, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Climate Change:History and evolution of Earth's climate, Paleoclimate records, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate, Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Habitats:Water Column, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Biology:Evolution, Evolution:Patterns
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Bibliography, Overview/Reference Work, Scientific Resources
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional
Topics: Biosphere:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Evolution:Processes, Climate, Ocean, Time/Earth History, Ocean:Biological Oceanography , Physical Oceanography, Biosphere:Evolution:Patterns, Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Water Column, Biosphere:Ecology:Food Webs, Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere, :Ecology:Food Webs:Microbial Food Webs, Biosphere:Ecology:Abiotic Relations, Habitats:Marine, Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats, Biosphere:EvolutionKeywords: microbial eukaryote, phytoplankton, turbulent mixing, nutrient cycling, climate change, dinoflagellates, coccolithophores, diatoms