Kimberly Halsey

Phytoplankton Physiological Ecology

Category: cruises

Ready for NAAMES #2

In just one week Cleo and Kelsey will be boarding the R/V Atlantis for a month in the North Atlantic, coinciding with the spring phytoplankton bloom. Cleo will be operating the PTR-MS again, measuring rates of volatile organic carbon production. This will be Kelsey’s first research cruise. She will be providing technical support to several other research groups ~ an excellent opportunity for her to interact with other research scientists, particularly those interested in the dynamics of higher trophic levels, because those grazers are of special interest to her. NASA has a new video showing the view from the aircraft side of NAAMES.

North Atlantic Bloom


The latest view of the 2016 North Atlantic Bloom from NASA.


The first NAAMES (the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study) cruise was an amazing adventure! We spent the month of November collecting data along side 30 other scientists that are part of this large interdisciplinary effort to understand annual phytoplankton bloom events and their impacts on climate. Our roles on this project are (1) measure depth-resolved primary production, and (2) measure volatile organic carbon cycling by plankton. The photos here were taken by many of our talented colleagues (thank you all)!


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