Focus:
The main focus of research within Mote Marine Laboratory's Phytoplankton Ecology Program is the photophysiology of marine algae. A number of the funded projects within our program are studies designed to understand, predict and possibly mitigate blooms of the toxic marine dinoflagellate Karenia brevis. Data collected as part of these projects are posted here.
   
Projects:  
Autonomous Gliders Goal is to continuously monitor red tide abundance and hydrographic properties on the west Florida continental shelf and to implement the Sarasota Operations of the Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory (SO COOL).
Breve Buster Automated detection of harmful algal blooms using a long pathlength spectrophotometer.
Caloosahatchee Seasonal assessment of algal abundance, nutrient concentrations and hydrographic properties in the Caloosahatchee River.
Charlotte Harbor Bimonthly monitoring of HPLC derived algal abundance and hydrographic properties within Charlotte Harbor, Florida.
ECOHAB Florida Five year study designed to look at the ecology and oceanography of Karenia brevis blooms on the gulf coast of Florida.
Hourglass Monthly Karenia brevis and hydrographic monitoring effort between Sarasota and Sanibel Island, Florida.
Transects Continuous time series of HPLC derived algal abundance and hydrographic properties on a transect of stations out to 30 miles offshore of Sarasota, Florida.
   
Surface Current Vectors Oservations of hourly averaged suface currents for the west Florida continental shelf. Made possible through collaborations between CODAR Ocean Sensors, the University of South Florida, Rutgers University, the Florida Marine Research Institute and Mote Marine Laboratory.

 

 

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