Western Antarctic Peninsula - What Are They Doing? The project focuses on an important group of photosynthetic algae in the Southern Ocean (SO), diatoms, and the roles associated bacterial communities play in modulating their growth.
Where Are They? The research team will be traveling on-board the icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer. The expedition will begin and end in Punta Arenas, Chile and traveling along Western Antarctic Peninsula.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - On Ocean Concepts Day, the the campers were taught about the different zones of the ocean (beaches, estuaries, epipelagic, mesopelagic and bathypelagic). This group learned about the diversity and importance of the photosynthesizing organisms (phytoplankton) in the open ocean epipelagic zone (plankton rock). After understanding their need to stay in the sunlight zone, the girls designed and built their own plankton species and tested their ability to stay afloat in a water column.