Congratulations to Darwin Project’s Emily Zakem who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation Linking Microbes and Climate: Insights into the Marine Oxygen and Nitrogen Cycles with Microbial Metabolic Functional Types on March 24. Continue reading
Using tiny marine microbes to model climate change: MIT News profiles Darwin’s Mick Follows Continue reading
New Darwin project postdoc Mohammad Ashkezari got his PhD in atomic physics, at Simon Fraser University (Canada) in collaboration with the ALPHA experiment at CERN, Geneva Switzerland. Continue reading
The Darwin Project is thrilled to add two stellar new MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate students to its ranks this fall. Continue reading
Chris Follett is an oceanographer interested in the interactions between the ocean’s biological and chemical systems. His educational background is in physics (BS, MIT), and chemical oceanography (PhD, MIT-WHOI). He joins the Darwin Project team to focus on the symbiotic relationships between nitrogen fixing cyanobacteria and diatoms. Continue reading
Darcy Taniguchi is a biological oceanographer, interested in the population dynamics of plankton, particularly phytoplankton and microzooplankton. While the majority of her research consists of theoretical modeling studies examining the size-based interactions of plankton, she likes to complement that with laboratory and field work whenever she has the opportunity.
Jonathan Lauderdale is a physical oceanographer and ocean biogeochemical modeller “intrigued” by the mechanisms through which the ocean can alter Earth’s climate and atmospheric CO2 concentration both in the past and under future anthropogenic changes. So far his focus has been on high latitude regions, particularly the Southern Ocean. He mostly uses global coarse resolution numerical models of ocean circulation coupled to simplified biogeochemistry routines, but also exploits composite tracers to reveal how different components of carbon and nutrient cycles operate.
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.