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