Modelling the Plankton - getting it right (or at least not too wrong)

15 November 2017, 12.00 PM - 15 November 2017, 1.00 PM

Professor Kevin Flynn, University of Swansea

G25 Reynolds (Wills Memorial Building) 

This Marine Ecosystems and Climate talk will be given by Professor Kevin Flynn from Swansea University.


Planktonic activity has shaped Earth, removing the bulk of CO2 originally in the atmosphere to limestone and fossil fuels, still generating 50% of the O2 we breath, supporting most marine food webs, and (on the bad side) potentially damaging eutrophied coastal ecosystems. Modelling plankton activity is included within many biogeochemical models and ecosystem simulations. However, the vast bulk of those models contain descriptions that could be argued as being so poor that they represent planktonic activity only in name. The final nail-in-the-coffin is perhaps that only in the last few years, with the emergence of mixotrophy on mainstream research agendas, have we realised that we have not even had the very basics of plankton ecology correct.

This talk will consider what plankton are, what they do, what facets of their ecophysiology represent critical components for modelling, and why/how we have been getting it wrong for so long.  

This event is open to all University of Bristol staff and students and especially those with a research interest in plankton.

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Organizer: Marine Ecosystem and Climate(MEC) group.

Kevin Flynn

Professor Kevin Flynn

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