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Persistence of a Single Phytoplankton Species

  • Nov. 21, 2011
  • 3:30 p.m.
  • LeConte 412


Phytoplankton need light to grow. However, most of phytoplankton are heavier than water, so they sink. How can sinking phytoplankton persist? We investigate a nonlocal reaction-diffusion-advection equation which models the growth of a single phytoplankton species in a water column where the species depends solely on light for its metabolism. We study the effect of sinking rate, water column depth and vertical turbulent diffusion rate on the persistence of a single phytoplankton species. This is based upon a joint work with Sze-Bi Hsu, National Tsing-Hua University.

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