Adaptive potential of phytoplankton in a changing world

Phytoplankton from an experimentally heated mesocosm in October 2015

Phytoplankton are the foundation of aquatic food-webs and contribute to 50% of global primary production. In a rapidly changing climate, we expect phytoplankton to adapt and change, with repercussions for aquatic ecosystems.

During my undergraduate degree, and later as a research assistant, I worked with Gabriel Yvon-Durocher (University of Exeter) and Elisa Schaum (University of Hamburg), to disentangle the roles of ecology, physiology and evolutionary history in the adaptation of phytoplankton to environmental change.

Eleanor Jackson
Eleanor Jackson
Ecology PhD student