5 February 2015 – Coccolithophores: microscopic algae with a global impact –
Coccolithophores are group of diverse, microscopic, single-celled algae found throughout the world’s oceans. They are unique because they form ‘shells’ out of calcium carbonate (i.e., chalk); as these shells sink through the water column to the seafloor, they export carbon, forming a key component of the carbon cycle in the ocean. Through this the process, fossil ancestors of modern coccolithophores formed huge chalk deposits, which now make up the White Cliffs of Dover.
However through the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on the modern ocean, coccolithophores face an uncertain future. Here we will examine how we can combine palaeontology, laboratory cultures and research cruises to attempt to understand the role of different species of coccolithophores in the ocean.
Chris Daniels completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Science in 2009, at the University of Cambridge. Since leaving Cambridge, Chris decided to change his academic focus, obtaining his MSc degree in Oceanography from the University of Southampton, where he obtained a MSc degree in Oceanography in 2010. Since then he has remained at the University of Southampton, and is now undertaking his PhD, where his research focuses on understanding the biogeochemical role of different species of coccolithophore.
The talk will be in the Henry Charnock Lecture Theatre, Level 4 and will start at 7.30pm, please arrive at 7.15pm to sign in.
The talks are accessible via stairs or a lift. Since the lift cannot be used in an emergency, evacuation of less able visitors is down the stairs via an evacuation chair. You are therefore required to notify us in advance of the presence of a wheelchair user or anyone with access issues likely to require use of an evacuation chair.
The National Oceanography Centre is reached via Dock Gate 4 (between Southampton’s Town Quay and Ocean Village).
Free admission – these talks are open to the public
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