media library

Meeting presentation

Winners and Losers: Phytoplankton in a Changing Climate: Stephanie Dutkiewicz at MIT Future Ocean Symposium, September 9, 2013.

research profile

In this video, which grew out of a Plenary Lecture at the Spring 2012, American Geophysical Union, Ocean Sciences meeting in Salt Lake City,UT, “Modeling Marine Microbes: From Molecules to Ecosystems”, Mick talks about the past, present and future of marine ecosystem modeling. In particular he explains how his group uses numerical simulations to understand the organization of plankton populations and how advances in cell biology and microbiology might inform future models – animation credit: Oliver Jahn, video credit: Helen Hill

research profile

In this video from the MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Stephanie talks about her work modeling global scale phytoplankton circulations – video credit: JPSPGC, MIT.

mini documentary

Short student documentary by Helen Hou. The movie features MIT graduate students Andrew Barton and Sophie Clayton talking about the Darwin project. June, 2010.


Modeled surface ocean Chi-a concentration. Modeled surface ocean Chl-a concentration (the sum of contributions from 78 initialized phytoplankton types) from the eddy-permitting simulation.

Diverse phytoplankton in Gulf Stream Movie contrasting two phytoplankton species present in the gulf stream: One that is adapted to the local conditions and thrives locally (upper half) and one that is not adapted but gets transported in to the region from a different region. Shown is concentration in mmol P/m2, 1 year simulation.

Modeled phytoplankton types on cubed sphere Dominant phytoplankton types during 1994-1998 from a high-resolution ocean and ecosystem model. Colors represent the most dominant type of phytoplankton at a given location.Four functional groups of phytoplankton in a global ocean model – red: corresponds to diatoms (big, need silica), yellow: other big phytoplankton, green: Prochlorococcus-like (small, cannot use NO3) and cyan: other small phytoplankton. The model contains flow fields from 1994-1998 (ECCO2), inorganic nutrients, 78 species of phytoplankton, zooplankton and particulate and dissolved organic matter.

Modeled Chl (1997)

Comparison of modeled and SeaWiFs Chl

Modeled diversity globally. Modelled phytoplankton species richness from eddy permitting solution.