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Biological-Physical Interactions

Physical and biological processes in the sea interact in manifold ways, few of which are intuitively obvious to humans living in terrestrial environments. Insights derive from coordinated programs of modeling and measurement, through deliberate cycles of hypothesis generation and testing, often involving novel instrumentation, to replace human sensory capacities or extend them to marine settings. Several strong kinds of interactions have long been known. Plankton, for example, is defined by its inability to swim against prevailing horizontal currents, but important interactions can be more subtle. For example, planktonic organisms can greatly alter their horizontal trajectories by altering their vertical positions in the presence of vertical shear, providing a common means of both holoplanktonic and larval retention in coastal and estuarine environments. Among the many important phenomena affected by such interactions are the formation and alongshore propagation of harmful algal blooms. At a finer scale still, fluid motions influence the contact of gametes in external fertilization, chemosensory tactics, and even uptake of solutes by phytoplankton.

Participating Faculty

 

Emmanuel Boss

Emmanuel Boss

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Interests: biological-physical interactions, geophysical fluid dynamics, Lagrangian and Eulerian dynamics and kinematics, marine optics, marine acoustics, remote sensing, mesoscale (fronts, jets, and eddies) dynamics, mixed-layer dynamics, science teaching methodology, Oceanography, Ocean Observing systems, Ocean Modeling and prediction.
emmanuel.boss@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.4378

Fei Chai

Fei Chai

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Interests: Biological-Physical Interactions, Fisheries Sciences, Ocean Modeling and Prediction, Marine Biogeochemistry, Biological Oceanography, Marine Climate Change
fchai@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.4317

Lewis Incze

Lewis Incze

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Interests: larval ecology, physical-biological coupling, ecosystem modeling
lincze@maine.edu
Phone: 207.563.8192

Peter A. Jumars

Peter A. Jumars

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Interests: Benthos, Benthic Oceanography, Biological-Physical Interactions, Bioacoustics, Biological-Physical Interactions, Ocean Observing Systems, Ocean Modeling and Prediction, Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Marine Climate Change
jumars@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.5114

Lee Karp-Boss

Lee Karp-Boss

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Interests: Biological-Physical Interactions, Phycology, Marine Physiological Ecology, Marine Optics, Biological Oceanography, Marine Climate Change
lee.karp-boss@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.4305

Mary Jane Perry

Mary Jane Perry

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Interests: Biological-Physical Interactions, Phycology, Ocean Observing Systems, Marine Physiological Ecology, Marine Biogeochemistry, Marine Optics, Biological Oceanography, Marine Climate Change
perrymj@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.5339

Jeffrey Runge

Jeffrey Runge

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Interests: Biological-Physical Interactions, Fisheries Sciences, Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Biological Oceanography
Jeffrey.runge@maine.edu
Phone: 207.228.1652

Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas

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Interests: Ocean plankton patterns, Biological-physical interactions, Satellite oceanography, Digital image processing, Marine Climate Change
thomas@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.4335

David W. Townsend

David W. Townsend

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Interests: Biological-Physical Interactions, Phytoplankton, Zooplankton, Nutrient Dynamics, Biological Oceanography, Marine Climate Change
davidt@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.4367

Mark Wells

Mark Wells

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Interests: Phytoplankton Physiology, Trace Metals, Iron, Marine Biogeochemistry, Iron Limitation, CDOM, Sensors, Harmful Algal Blooms, Biological-Physical Interactions, Marine Aquaculture, Marine Optics, Marine Physiological Ecology, Ocean Observing Systems, Biological Oceanography, Marine Climate Change
mlwells@maine.edu
Phone: 207. 581.4322

Huijie Xue

Huijie Xue

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Interests: Physical Oceanography, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Ocean Modeling and Prediction, Ocean Energy, Biological-Physical Interactions, Marine Climate Change
hxue@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.4318

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