OCEAN 530 - Biological Oceanography: Bacteria and Protozoa

In this course students focus on Bacteria, Archaea and viruses in the marine environment, the fate of organic carbon in the ocean, and the interrelationship of the carbon cycle with other biogeochemical cycles.  Marine bacterioplankton represent the largest living surface area in the sea and have the ability to directly transport low molecular weight compounds through their cell membranes. Their ecological role within the microbial loop is to incorporate and transfrom dissolved organic matter (DOM) to particulate organic matter (POM) or to remineralize DOM back to its inorganic constituents. Ultimately, microbial ecologists and biogeochemists wish to know how much organic matter flows through bacterioplankton biomass.

Bacteria attached to a diatom