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Marine phytoplankton: the good, the bad, and the not so ugly

“Our environment…”
When Sep 09, 2013
from 05:15 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Scottish Association of Marine Science, Oban, PA37 1QA
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Inaugural lecture, presented by Professor Keith Davidson, Head of Microbial and Molecular Biology at the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI

Date: Monday 9th September 2013

Venue: Scottish Association of Marine Science

Time: 5.15pm – 7pm

Marine phytoplankton are a diverse group of microscopic eukaryotic organisms that form the base of the marine food chain. Phytoplankton are critical to all life on earth; although they account for less than 1% of the photosynthetic biomass, oceanic phytoplankton are responsible for upwards of 45% of global net primary production. The predator:prey relationships between these primary producers and their micro-zooplankton grazers are key to trophic transfer and global carbon cycling. However, some phytoplankton species, often called harmful algal blooms (HABs), produce natural biotoxins that can be harmful to humans or other mammals. This lecture will discuss some of the issues related to these two faces of phytoplankton ecology and how the study of these fascinating organisms converted a one-time physicist into a marine biologist.

This event is FREE and open to anyone.  To book a place or to enquire about video-conference facilities please contact the events team on 01463 279344 or email events@uhi.ac.uk



About Professor Keith Davidson

Professor Keith Davidson undertook an early career in physics and mathematical modelling at Strathclyde University. During his PhD work at SAMS (then Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory) he became interested in the experimental side of phytoplankton ecology. This developed during postdoctoral work at Swansea University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory before he returned to SAMS in the late 1990’s as a lecturer. He is now head of the Department of Microbial and Molecular Biology with wide research interests in phytoplankton ecology with a focus on harmful algal blooms. He is a Fellow of the Society of Biology and of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the council of the International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (ISSHA).

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