Cruise Plan

Our central question is: To what extent do daily variations in top down processes shape biogeochemical cycling in the region?

To answer this question we plan to measure a number of physical, biological, optical, and chemical variables. We will be joined at sea by our collaborators from the University of Washington, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, and University of California, Santa Cruz to investigate the daily happenings of phytoplankton and their predators. We will start every 24 hour cycle at the same station, and we will drift with the plankton in their physical environment each day while we sample both the organisms and their surroundings.