Phytoplankton

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Microscopic, single-celled phytoplankton from offshore (left) and nearshore (right) in the California Current System LTER site. Epifluorescence microscope images (green = protein, red= chlorophyll a, blue = DNA, orange = phycoerythrin). Credit: Andrew Taylor and Michael Landry
CCE scientists developed a model that accurately predicts how the growth of phytoplankton at the base of the ocean's food web varies with depth and from inshore to offshore. These results help scientists forecast how physical and chemical changes affect marine fisheries and biodiversity.

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