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Advances in Phytoplankton Ecology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128228616

Advances in Phytoplankton Ecology

1st Edition

Applications of Emerging Technologies

Authors: Lesley Clementson Ruth Eriksen Anusuya Willis
Paperback ISBN: 9780128228616
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st November 2021
Page Count: 316
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Phytoplankton ecology has developed from an understanding of taxonomy, species dynamics and functional roles, and species interactions with the surrounding environment. New and emerging technologies enable a paradigm shift in the ways we monitor and understand phytoplankton in a range of environments. Advances in Phytoplankton Ecology: Applications of Emerging Technologies is a practical guide to these new technologies and explores their application with case studies to show how recent advances have changed our understanding of phytoplankton ecology.

Part one of this book explores how traditional taxonomy and species identification has changed, moving from morphological to molecular techniques. Part two explores the new technologies for remote and automatic monitoring and sensor technology and applications for management. Part three explores the explosion of omics techniques and their application in species identification, functional populations, trait characterization, interspecific interactions, and interaction with their environment.

This book is an invaluable guide for marine and freshwater ecology researchers to how new technologies can enhance our understanding of phytoplankton ecology.

Key Features

    • Combines traditional techniques with new technologies and methods
    • Explores the influence of new technology on our understanding of phytoplankton ecology
    • Provides practical applications of each technique through case studies in each chapter


Marine and Freshwater Ecologists, Ocean Scientists, Graduates

Table of Contents

Introduction: Traditional ecology into the future

Lesley A. Clementson, Ruth S. Eriksen and Anusuya Willis

Part 1: Phytoplankton taxonomy (brief review/introduction)

Ruth S. Eriksen

1.1 Cyanobacterial diversity and taxonomic uncertainty: polyphasic pathways to improved resolution

Glenn B. McGregor and Barbara C. Sendall

1.2. Uses of molecular taxonomy in identifying phytoplankton communities from the Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey

Rowena Stern, Declan Schroeder, Andrea Highfield, Manal Al-Kandari, Luigi Vezzulli and Anthony Richardson

1.3. Impact of molecular approaches on dinoflagellate taxonomy and systematics -

Christopher J S.. Bolch

1.4. From molecules to ecosystem functioning: insight into new approaches to taxonomy to monitor harmful algae diversity in Chile.

Jorge I. Mardones, Bernd Krock, Lara Marcus, Catharina Alves-de-Souza, Satoshi Nagai, Kyoko Yarimizu, Alejandro Clément, Nicole Correa, Sebastian Silva, Javier Paredes, , and Peter Von Dassow

Part 2: Monitoring and sensing systems (brief review/introduction)

Lesley A. Clementson

2.1. Integrating Imaging and Molecular Approaches to Assess Phytoplankton Diversity

Lisa Campbell, Chetan Gaonkar and Darren W. Henrichs

2.2. Advances in in situ systems for phytoplankton research and monitoring

Matthew C. Smith, Levente Bodrossy and Pascal Craw

2.3. Applications of satellite remote sensing technology to analysis of phytoplankton community structure on large scales

Astrid Bracher, Robert J. W. Brewin, Áurea M. Ciotti, and Lesley A. Clementson, Takafumi Hirata, Tihomir Kostadinov, Colleen B. Mouw and Emanuele Organelli,

2.4. Modelling phytoplankton processes in multiple functional types

Mark Baird, Stephanie Dutkiewicz, Anna Hickman, Mathieu Mongin, Monika Soja-Wozniak, Jennifer Skerratt, Karen Wild-Allen

2.5 Managing the societal uses of phytoplankton: Technology applications and needs

Andrew D.L. Steven

Part 3 Omics in aquatic ecology (brief review/introduction)

Anusuya Willis

3.1. Current applications and technological advances in quantitative real time PCR (qPCR): A versatile tool for the study of phytoplankton ecology

Kathryn J. Coyne, Yanfei Wang, Susanna A. Wood, Peter D. Countway and Sydney M. Greenlee

3.2. Phytoplankton diversity and ecology through the lens of high throughput sequencing technologies

Adriana Lopes dos Santos, Catherine Gerikas Ribeiro, Denise Ong, Laurence Garczarek, Xiao Li Shi, Scott D. Nodder, Daniel Vaulot and Andres Guitierrez Rodrigues, and

3.3 Comparative genomics for understanding intraspecific diversity

Anusuya Willis, Jason N. Woodhouse, Brett A. Neilan and Michele A. Burford

3.4. Transcriptomic and metatranscriptomic approaches in phytoplankton: insights and advances

Bethany C. Kolody , Matthew J. Harke, Sharon E. Hook and Andrew E. Allen

3.5. From Genes to Ecosystems: using molecular information from diatoms to understand ecological processes

John A. Berges, Erica B. Young, Kimberlee Thamatrakon and Alison R. Taylor

3.6 Global marine phytoplankton revealed by the Tara Oceans expedition

Flora Vincent, Federico M. Ibarbalz and Chris Bowler


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About the Authors

Lesley Clementson

Lesley completed a MSc (Melbourne University) and began her career as a biological oceanographer, but in the early 1990s expanded to marine bio-optics and ocean color validation in preparation for the launch of the first routine ocean color satellite sensor – SeaWiFS. She has established the leading bio-optical laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the leading bio-optical laboratories globally. Through participation in the NASA sponsored SeaHARRE experiments, Lesley’s method for pigment analysis in marine samples was assessed as world class for over 10 years. Lesley works on numerous projects both nationally and internationally on a broad range of topics relating to phytoplankton ecology. She was awarded the Australian Marine Science Association’s National Technical Award in 2016 and was inducted to the Tasmanian Honour Roll for Women for contributions to science in 2017. Lesley, a Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, has been a Research Group Leader of the Coasts program and a team leader of the Algal Ecology and Resources team.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Group Leader, Algal Ecology and Resources, CSIRO O&A, Australia

Ruth Eriksen

Ruth completed a PhD (University of Tasmania) in ecotoxicology, integrating the role of trace metal speciation on copper toxicity in marine and estuarine species. Through this project, she discovered the microscopic world of phytoplankton, which has subsequently become a passion and major area of research. Ruth established Tasmania's first NATA accredited phytoplankton testing facility and helped develop monitoring and detection programs for the salmonid and shellfish industries, focusing on HAB species. In her role in CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere as a Research Biologist, she has completed several Antarctic voyages, focusing on lower trophic level interactions, biodiversity and biogeography. Major projects are on the IMOS National Reference Stations (NRS), the Australian Continuous Plankton Recorder (AusCPR) Survey, and the Southern Ocean Time Series (SOTS). Ruth currently holds an adjunct position with the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, is an affiliate of the Australian Antarctic Partnership Program and is a specialist visiting scientist with the Australian Antarctic Division.

Affiliations and Expertise

Phytoplankton Biologist, CSIRO, Australia

Anusuya Willis

Anusuya obtained her PhD in 2009 from the University of Melbourne and the Université de Paris XI, jointly awarded under the French - Australian PhD Cotutelle program. During her PhD, Anusuya used innovative techniques to analyze the biochemistry and cell-adhesion of diatoms, through a combination of algal physiology and molecular biology techniques. Anusuya posts have included development of a diatom for a biofuels feedstock (Department of Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) and investigation of genotypic and phenotypic variation of toxic cyanobacteria isolates (Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Australia).

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Scientist, Australian National Algae Culture Collection, CSIRO, Australia

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