Congratulations to Jessica

Jessica Oquist has been chosen to receive the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research for her project on nitrate reductases genes among Prochlorococcus.

Congratulations Jessica!


Cathy Garcia was awarded a NASA fellowship

Please join me in congratulating Cathy for receiving a NASA graduate fellowship for her project:

"Global Distributional Patterns of Phytoplankton Communities and Their Elemental Stoichiometry Using MODIS Satellite Data"

Great job...



Jeannie going to grad school

I just wanted to let you all know that Jeannie got accepted to grad school at Stony Brook and will start in the fall.

We wish her all the best out east - Adam



UCI introduces ocean research and education initiative
Multidisciplinary effort aims to engage public in local marine and coastal issues
Irvine, Calif., March 24, 2015 – UC Irvine is set to embark on one of its boldest experiments yet: a brand-new research and education initiative called UCI OCEANS (Oceans, Changing Environments, Arts and Nearshore Societies).

Please welcome Dr. Hatosy

Please join me in congratulating Steve for finishing a very nice Ph.D in the EcoEvo program. He did a really nice job during the defense which was very well attended.

We will all miss you...


Seminar about experimental evolution of bacteria on 1/5 at 2 pm

Caroline Turner from the Lenski lab group at MSU will be giving a seminar on 1/5 at 2 pm in CH1103. The title of her talk is:
"Long-term experimental evolution and ecological consequences"


UCI professors publish new study on link between carbon and nutrient cycles

A new paper co-authored by ESS professors Francois Primeau, Adam Martiny and Keith Moore provides a new view on the link between the carbon and nutrient cycles.

Study advances new framework for understanding of phytoplankton nutrient assimilation

Irvine, Calif., & East Boothbay, Maine, Nov. 24, 2014 — Single-cell phytoplankton in the ocean are responsible for roughly half of global oxygen production, despite vast tracks of the open ocean that are devoid of life-sustaining nutrients. While phytoplankton’s ability to adjust their physiology to exploit limited nutrients in the open ocean has been well documented, little is understood about how variations in microbial biodiversity – the number and composition of marine microbes – affects global ocean function.

New study describing the physiology of nitrate uptake in Prochlorococcus out

Have a look at our new study done in collaboration with Penny Chisholm, Lisa Moore and others describing the physiology and genome diversity of Prochlorococcus cultures capable of nitrate uptake.


Research cruise in the Pacific

One of the fundamental patterns of ocean biogeochemistry is the Redfield ratio that links the elemental stoichiometry of surface plankton with the chemistry of the deep ocean. There is no obvious mechanism for the globally consistent C:N:P ratio of 106:16:1 (i.e. Redfield ratio) especially as there is substantial elemental variation among plankton communities in different ocean regions. Thus, knowing how biodiversity regulates the elemental composition of the ocean is important for our understanding of the ocean and climate as a whole – now and in the future.

New phytoplankton diversity review paper out

A new review paper describing how to quantify phytoplankton diversity was just published in Annual Review of Marine Science. Check it out:

New grad students: Allison Moreno and Catherine Garcia

A big welcome to Allison Moreno and Catherine Garcia who just joined the lab as graduate students. Alli graduated in May from Cal State Monterey Bay and has received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Cathy was lab manager in Jed Fuhrman's lab at USC since her graduation from Northeastern University in 2011.


Alyssa Kent has advanced to candidacy

Please join me in congratulating Alyssa for advancing to Ph.D. candidacy. We will all celebrate this at the Anthill Pub at 4 pm.


Summer research awards to Jessica and Johann

Jessica Oquist and Johann Lopez both recieved summer research awards from UROP. Jessica will continue her work on the diversity of nitrate assimilation genes in natural populations and Johann will start at project quantifying nitrate assimilation rates and capabilities in phytoplankton communities in the California Current.