Biological Oceanography

Biological oceanographers study the diversity, behavior, and distributions of marine microorganisms, as well as their interactions with each other and the environment.  All of these factors shape marine food webs, ocean health, and climate.  Researchers at Skidaway Institute are experts in the study of microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, and environmental molecular biology.  Using cutting-edge facilities such as the Laboratory for Imaging Microbial Ecology (LIME), our research contributes to an improved understanding of factors that control the productivity and vitality of marine ecosystems, from local to global scales.  Members of the biological oceanography group include:

Diaz lab – Phytoplankton nutrition and cell signaling

Frischer lab – Black gill disease in shrimp, zooplankton nutrition

Harvey Lab — Phytoplankton ecology, cell-cell interactions, marine microbial mortality

Savannah River Monitoring Program (SRiMP)

Examples of biological oceanographic research include:

Black Gill in Shrimp

Doliolids’ Diet

Superoxides in Coral

Phytoplankton Mortality