NP-seminar: Polar phytoplankton under multiple stressors – the effects of ocean acidification under varying environmental conditions

Ved: Clara Hoppe, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany.

In an era of dramatic anthropogenic perturbations of the global carbon cycle, the Arctic and Southern Oceans are experiencing rapid environmental changes, including ocean acidification, warming, sea-ice loss and changes in stratification.

Given their important roles in ecosystems and biogeochemistry, the responses of polar phytoplankton to climate change variables have received increasing attention in recent years. However, the interactive effects of multiple stressors remain poorly understood, as is the interplay of species-specific physiological responses and ecological dynamics.

Our group at the Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany) focusses on understanding the physiological and ecological processes that determine the effects of multiple stressors on polar phytoplankton. In this talk, I will present some of our recent work on the interactions between ocean acidification and other environmental drivers, including studies on natural phytoplankton assemblages and key species from the Southern and Arctic Oceans.