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Antarctic phytoplankton

Needoba and student in Antarctica

Day 9 from the Antarctic Expedition  – CMOP scientist Joe Needoba with one of his students review images of phytoplankton after a day's plankton tow science.

Needoba and his students are surveying the near shore marine environment during the expedition and examining water properties and phytoplankton assemblages to gain a first-hand perspective of Antarctic food webs. In addition, they are discussing the far reaching impacts of human activities, such as increased fertilizer use or fossil fuel burning, and how the oceans are responding to these global-scale perturbations to the environment.

See more photos and read student blogs at the Students on Ice expedition's official blog.

(Photo courtesy of Students on Ice program)