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Nicholas Baetge

Postdoctoral Scholar
baetgen [at]

Nash Hall

Nash Hall 347

2820 SW Campus Way

2820 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

PI: Michael Behrenfeld

The daily vertical migration of zooplankton in the global oceans represents an important pathway by which carbon is shuttled from the sunlit surface to the deep dark ocean. While these vertical migrations can be detected in satellite retrievals of optical properties, their signal can be obscured by the diel behaviors of phytoplankton. Through cultivation-based experiments, my current research seeks to tease apart the diel optical signatures associated with phytoplankton from those of vertical migrating zooplankton. This work will help to constrain remote sensing observations of diel vertical migrations, thereby allowing researchers to better assess how they vary across time and space as well as evaluate their role in global carbon cycling.