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Marine Phytoplankton Temperature versus Growth Responses from Polar to Tropical Waters – Outcome of a Scientific Community-Wide Study

Boyd, Philip W.; Rynearson, Tatiana A.; Armstrong, Evelyn A.; Fu, Feixue; Hayashi, Kendra; Hu, Zhangxi; Hutchins, David A.; Kudela, Raphael M.; Litchman, Elena; Mulholland, Margaret R.; Passow, Uta; Strzepek, Robert F.; Whittaker, Kerry A.; Yu, Elizabeth; Thomas, Mridul K.

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"It takes a village to finish (marine) science these days" Paraphrased from Curtis Huttenhower (the Human Microbiome project) The rapidity and complexity of climate change and its potential effects on ocean biota are challenging how ocean scientists conduct research. One way in which we can begin to better tackle these challenges is to conduct community-wide scientific studies. This study provides physiological datasets fundamental to understanding functional responses of phytoplankton growth...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBoyd, Philip W.
dc.contributor.authorRynearson, Tatiana A.
dc.contributor.authorArmstrong, Evelyn A.
dc.contributor.authorFu, Feixue
dc.contributor.authorHayashi, Kendra
dc.contributor.authorHu, Zhangxi
dc.contributor.authorHutchins, David A.
dc.contributor.authorKudela, Raphael M.
dc.contributor.authorLitchman, Elena
dc.contributor.authorMulholland, Margaret R.
dc.contributor.authorPassow, Uta
dc.contributor.authorStrzepek, Robert F.
dc.contributor.authorWhittaker, Kerry A.
dc.contributor.authorYu, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Mridul K.
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-24T04:00:18Z
dc.date.available2015-11-24T04:00:18Z
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/16642
dc.description.abstract"It takes a village to finish (marine) science these days" Paraphrased from Curtis Huttenhower (the Human Microbiome project) The rapidity and complexity of climate change and its potential effects on ocean biota are challenging how ocean scientists conduct research. One way in which we can begin to better tackle these challenges is to conduct community-wide scientific studies. This study provides physiological datasets fundamental to understanding functional responses of phytoplankton growth rates to temperature. While physiological experiments are not new, our experiments were conducted in many laboratories using agreed upon protocols and 25 strains of eukaryotic and prokaryotic phytoplankton isolated across a wide range of marine environments from polar to tropical, and from nearshore waters to the open ocean. This community-wide approach provides both comprehensive and internally consistent datasets produced over considerably shorter time scales than conventional individual and often uncoordinated lab efforts. Such datasets can be used to parameterise global ocean model projections of environmental change and to provide initial insights into the magnitude of regional biogeographic change in ocean biota in the coming decades. Here, we compare our datasets with a compilation of literature data on phytoplankton growth responses to temperature. A comparison with prior published data suggests that the optimal temperatures of individual species and, to a lesser degree, thermal niches were similar across studies. However, a comparison of the maximum growth rate across studies revealed significant departures between this and previously collected datasets, which may be due to differences in the cultured isolates, temporal changes in the clonal isolates in cultures, and/or differences in culture conditions. Such methodological differences mean that using particular trait measurements from the prior literature might introduce unknown errors and bias into modelling projections. Using our community-wide approach we can reduce such protocol-driven variability in culture studies, and can begin to address more complex issues such as the effect of multiple environmental drivers on ocean biota.
dc.description.sponsorshipEL and MKT were in part supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) grants DEB-0845932 and OCE-0928819. TAR and KAW were supported by NSF grant OCE-0727227. UP was supported by NSF grants OCE-0926711 and OCE-1041038. PWB and RS were supported by the New Zealand Royal Society Marsden Fund and the Ministry of Science and Innovation. RMK and KH were in part supported by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Monitoring and Event Response for Harmful Algal Blooms (MERHAB) grant NA04NOS4780239 and NSF grant OCE-0238347. DAH and FX-F were supported by NSF grants OCE-0942379, OCE-0962309, and OCE-117030687. MRM was partially supported by NSF grant OCE-0722395 and a NOAA The Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) grant NA06NO54780246. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
dc.publisherPublic Library of Science
dc.rights© 2013 Boyd et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
dc.sourcePLoS ONE
dc.source.urihttp://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0063091
dc.subjectaquatic organisms
dc.subjecthumans
dc.subjectoceans and seas
dc.subjectphytoplankton
dc.subjectspecies specificity
dc.subjectwater
dc.subjectecosystem
dc.subjecttemperature
dc.subjecttropical climate
dc.titleMarine Phytoplankton Temperature versus Growth Responses from Polar to Tropical Waters – Outcome of a Scientific Community-Wide Study
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume8
dc.date.issued2013-05-21
local.identifier.absfor040599
local.identifier.absfor040502
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB6416
local.publisher.urlhttp://journals.plos.org/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBoyd, Phillip, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
local.contributor.affiliationRynearson, Tatiana A., University of Rhode Island, United States of America
local.contributor.affiliationArmstrong, Evelyn A., University of Otago, New Zealand
local.contributor.affiliationFu, Feixue, University of Southern California, United States of America
local.contributor.affiliationHayashi, Kendra, University of California Santa Cruz, United States of America
local.contributor.affiliationHu, Zhangxi, Old Dominion University, United States of America
local.contributor.affiliationHutchins, D.A., University of Southern California, United States of America
local.contributor.affiliationKudela, Raphael M., University of California Santa Cruz, United States of America
local.contributor.affiliationLitchman, Elena, Michigan State University, United States of America
local.contributor.affiliationMulholland, Margaret R., Old Dominion University, United States of America
local.contributor.affiliationPassow, Uta, University of California Santa Barbara, United States of America
local.contributor.affiliationStrzepek, Robert, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, CPMS Research School of Earth Sciences, RSES General, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationWhittaker, Kerry A., University of Rhode Island, United States of America
local.contributor.affiliationYu, Elizabeth, University of Southern California, United States of America
local.contributor.affiliationThomas, Mridul K., Michigan State University, United States of America
local.identifier.essn1932-6203
local.bibliographicCitation.issue5
local.bibliographicCitation.startpagee63091
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage17)
local.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0063091
local.identifier.absseo960306
local.identifier.absseo969901
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T09:45:55Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84877998309
local.identifier.thomsonID000319330200019
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