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Kenneth Coale
Biogeochemist Kenneth Coale Dies at 67
He was known for his research on iron’s role in phytoplankton biomass.
Biogeochemist Kenneth Coale Dies at 67
Biogeochemist Kenneth Coale Dies at 67

He was known for his research on iron’s role in phytoplankton biomass.

He was known for his research on iron’s role in phytoplankton biomass.

phytoplankton
Miscellaneous diatoms, appearing as translucent blue and brownish circles and rhomboid shapes, are imaged in front of a black background.
Q&A: Fluorescence Lets Diatoms Communicate, Coordinate Behavior
Dan Robitzski | Dec 16, 2021 | 6 min read
The Scientist spoke with physicist and microbial ecologist Idan Tuval, whose recent paper challenges the assumption that these single-celled organisms only communicate via chemical signals.
man in motorboat by a pier with the sea surface covered in marine mucilage
Why Turkey’s Sea of Marmara Is Full of Marine Snot
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Jun 11, 2021 | 3 min read
Turkish officials are scrambling to clean up a massive, gooey plankton bloom that’s sliming the country’s ports and could suffocate the area’s marine ecosystems.
A microscope image of a dinoflagellate.
Dinoflagellate Genome Structure Unlike Any Other Known
Amanda Heidt | May 10, 2021 | 5 min read
The transcription of DNA drives the remarkably tidy organization of chromosomes in the dinoflagellate Symbiodinium microadriaticum.
green algae, phytoplankton, giant virus, genetics & genomics, endogenization, evolution, diversity, eukaryote
Giant Viruses Can Integrate into the Genomes of Their Hosts
Amanda Heidt | Nov 19, 2020 | 4 min read
Rather than introducing small chunks of DNA as other viruses do, some giant viruses can contribute more than 1 million base pairs to a host’s genome, broadening the ways in which viruses may shape eukaryote evolution.
A Last-Minute Science Dash to an Erupting Volcano
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2019 | 5 min read
Researchers plan an oceanographic expedition to understand why a phytoplankton bloom developed as molten lava flowed into the sea east of Hawaii's Big Island.
Red Tides Under the Microscope
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2019 | 10+ min read
Understanding the dinoflagellates that regularly wreak havoc on marine and nearshore ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico could help researchers mitigate the damage they cause.
Infographic: Red Tides Still Hold Tantalizing Mysteries
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2019 | 1 min read
A full description of the lifecycle of Karenia brevis could lead to improved monitoring, prediction, and mitigation of the harmful algal blooms it regularly causes.
Image of the Day: Algal Blooms
Emily Makowski | Oct 23, 2019 | 2 min read
The majority of lakes studied experienced increased bloom intensity over the past few decades.
Nine Decades of Environmental Change Resurrected From Swedish Seas
Claire Asher | Jul 16, 2017 | 4 min read
Scientists bring marine plankton back to life to study past climate change.
Ocean Microbes Alter Skies?
Amanda B. Keener | Jul 21, 2015 | 2 min read
Satellite data suggest aerosols from bacteria and phytoplankton seed dense, highly reflective clouds.
Study: Arctic Warming Will Snowball
Jef Akst | Apr 28, 2015 | 1 min read
Phytoplankton in the Arctic Ocean could amplify warming near the North Pole.
Complexities of Carbon Lowering
Joe Turner | Dec 2, 2014 | 3 min read
Iron fertilization might be less efficient at storing carbon in the deep ocean than previously reported.
Microbe’s Diversity Is Vast, Ancient
Kerry Grens | Apr 24, 2014 | 3 min read
A marine cyanobacterium possesses astounding genomic diversity, yet still organizes into distinct subpopulations that have likely persisted for ages.
Genome Digest
Chris Palmer | Jun 24, 2013 | 5 min read
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Science on Ice
Cristina Luiggi | Jan 2, 2013 | 1 min read
Meet the research team that uncovered an algal bloom churning in freezing Arctic waters.
Arctic Bloomers
Cristina Luiggi | Jan 1, 2013 | 4 min read
Scientists studying the Arctic Ocean aboard a US Coast Guard icebreaker discover one of the largest phytoplankton blooms ever recorded—beneath sea ice.
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