Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
We use theory and numerical models to understand and simulate the organization of marine phytoplankton populations in the global open ocean. We seek to understand how the physical, chemical and predatory environment shapes the diversity and functionality of the plankton communities, and how the organisms feed back on their environment. Our global simulations helped to motivate targeted observations during the Tara Oceans sampling expedition. We will further develop and use these models to interpret and simulate the basin and global-scale patterns observed in the samples.