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Plankton Incubators


Fran├žoise Morison (URI) and Caitlin Russell secure incubators used to measure phytoplankton growth rates.
Credit: Stephanie Schollaert Uz (NASA). Download this image (JPG, 231 KB).
[10-May-16] The NAAMES field campaign relies on a suite of sophisticated equipment to investigate the role of phytoplankton in the ocean. Understanding the factors affecting phytoplankton growth can be key to assessing their ecological impacts. Fran├žoise Morison (left) of the University of Rhode Island (URI) and Caitlin Russell (right), a former URI intern, secure incubators for use in measuring phytoplankton growth rates under various light levels and their consumption by single-celled organisms and viruses.