Through the NOAA Hollings Scholar program – US Integrated Ocean Observing System, SECOORA and University of South Florida College of Marine Science (USF CMS) hosted Anna Finch (University of Washington) in summer 2022. Anna’s project focused on the investigation of phytoplankton dynamics in the Florida Keys. She also had the opportunity to participate on research cruises to get a behind the scenes view of ocean observing – especially buoys.
Mentors for this internship are Dr. Frank Muller-Karger (USF CMS), Dr. Digna Rueda-Roa (USF CMS), and Gabrielle Canonico (US IOOS).
Anna’s project analyzed the fluctuation in distribution and abundance of various phytoplankton functional types across seasons in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Utilizing pigment data alongside the CHEMTAX program, the study estimates the proportions and abundances of each functional type. Furthermore, the research investigates the degree to which environmental factors like nutrients and temperature explain this variation.
By understanding how phytoplankton communities in the Florida Keys respond to environmental changes, the project seeks insights into their potential reactions to climate change.
Anna presented her research during the AGU Fall Meeting in December 2022. You can see her pictured above with her poster titled “Seasonal Pigment-Based Characterization of Phytoplankton Functional Types in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary: 2016 to 2021”. Click here to read the abstract.
Webinar: Developing low-cost and open-source technologies for smart coastal communities
Join us Thursday, February 22nd at 12 PM ET for SECOORA's Coastal Observing in Your Community Webinar Series! Our speaker this month is Dr. Phil Bresnahan from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
SECOORA Request for Quotes: Operate Nationwide Coastal Web Camera Network
SECOORA is soliciting proposals focused on installing, maintaining, and operating web cameras to scale from a regional to a national network of coastal web cameras (WebCOOS).
Meet the Winner of the 2023 SECOORA Data Challenge
Kaylee Mooney, a graduate student from Florida Gulf Coast University, is the winner of the SECOORA Data Challenge for her proposal Implementing Vulnerability into Historic Hurricane Normalizations.