Lecture: Phytoplankton in a Changing Ocean Climate

Location: Fort Worden Chapel
Date: February 11, 2018


Sunday, February 11

3 pm

Virginia Armbrust, PhD
Director of School of
Oceanography at the
University of Washington

The Fort Worden Chapel

Admission: $5

(students, teachers FREE) 

E. Virginia Armbrust’s research focuses on marine phytoplankton, particularly marine diatoms, which are responsible for about 20% of global photosynthesis. She has pioneered the use of environmental genomics and transcriptomics, combined with metabolomics, to understand how natural diatom communities are shaped by the environment and by their interactions with other microbes. Most recently, she has identified chemical signals that form the basis of cross-kingdom communication. Her group developed ship-board instrumentation that now permits the fine-scale continuous mapping of distributions, growth rates and loss rates of different groups of phytoplankton.

Dr. Armbrust received her A.B. from Stanford University in 1980 and her PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1990. She carried out postdoctoral research training at Washington University before joining the faculty at the University of Washington in 1996. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the Washington State Academy of Science.

This is the fifth installment of The Future of Oceans lecture series (click here for more details) 

This event is offered with generous support by the Darrow Family.

Assisted Listening Devices available