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Behrenfeld group joins NASA Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research Experiment

Scientists led by Mike Behrenfeld of Oregon State University in Corvallis will employ a new technique to directly measure phytoplankton biomass along with photosynthesis.

"The goal is to develop mathematical relationships that allow scientists to calculate the biomass of the phytoplankton from optical signals measured from space, and thus to be able to monitor how ocean phytoplankton change from year to year and figure out what causes these changes," Behrenfeld said.


Also from OSU: Matthew Brown (new PhD student) from the Behrenfeld lab, and Kimberly Halsey (formerly of the Behrenfled lab) and Nerissa Fisher, both from the Department of Microbiology.