Mark Brzezinski (Homepage)Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Research interests: Phytoplankton ecology and physiology, phytoplankton cell cycles, elemental cycling in surface ocean
I am chiefly responsible for the monthly monitoring of water chemistry at the core kelp forests sites. I am also a participant in four of the shorter-term process studies involving i) the analysis of oceanographic data from the 16 basin wide oceanographic surveys conducted from 2001-2006 to access mechanisms controlling the distribution of phytoplankton productivity and the relationship between currents and the delivery of subsidies (dissolved and particulate) to the continental shelf, ii) the partitioning of net primary production among giant kelp, understory algae and phytoplankton within kelp forests, iii) interactions between the kelp forest and its flow environment with regards to the delivery and utilization of nutrients, and iv) the connectivity between kelp forests and offshore waters as influenced by processes influencing the exchange of materials across the continental shelf.