This opportunity is to improve the quantification of phytoplankton using in vivo fluorescence sensors and to reconcile these estimates with other methods. Factors affecting the measurements will be investigated with both laboratory and field experiments. The laboratory studies will benefit from the unique capabilities of the microalgal mass culture facility at the Milford Laboratory and other disciplines from other Milford laboratory staff. Improved phytoplankton estimates will be incorporated into bivalve shellfish aquaculture planning and assessment in near-shore and off-shore environments.
Li, Y., S. L. Meseck, M. S. Dixon, K. Rivara & G. H. Wikfors (2012) Temporal variability in phytoplankton removal by a commercial, suspended eastern oyster nursery and effects on local plankton dynamics Journal of Shellfish Research, 31, 1077-1089.
Lawrenz, E. & T. L. Richardson (2011) How does the species used for calibration affect chlorophyll a measurements by in situ fluorometry? Estuaries Coasts 34:872–883.
Li, Y., S. L. Meseck, M. S. Dixon & G. H. Wikfors (2018) The East River tidal strait, New York City, New York, a high-nutrient, low-chlorophyll coastal system. International Aquatic Research, 10, 65-77.
Phytoplankton; Chlorophyll; Fluorescence; Microalgae; Aquaculture; Seston; Environmental Interaction