Special Issue "Marine Nitrogen Fixation and Phytoplankton Ecology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: primary production; phytoplankton physiology; marine ecosystem; Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems; sea ice algae
Interests: primary production; aquatic N2 fixation; freshwater mussels; aquatic pollution; climate change
Interests: primary production; phytoplankton ecology; particulate organic matter; biochemical compositions; polar ocean ecosystems
Many oceans are currently undergoing rapid changes in environmental conditions, such as warming temperature, acidic water condition, coastal hypoxia, etc. These changes could lead to dramatic changes in the biology and ecology of phytoplankton and consequently impact the entire marine ecosystems and global biogeochemical cycles. Marine phytoplankton can be an important indicator for the changes in marine environments and ecosystems, since they are major primary producers who consolidate solar energy into various organic matters transferred to marine ecosystems throughout the food-webs. Similarly, the only suppliers of biologically fixed N, the N2 fixers (diazotrophs), are also vulnerable to changing environemtnal conditions. It has been found that polar regions can be introduced to diazotrophic activity under warming conditions and increased N availability can lead to elevated primary productivity. However, if ocean acidification arises, diazotrophic acitvity is observed to have a decresing tendency. To tackle the perplexing response of diazotrophs, a detailed assessment of diazotrophic community response toward the changing environmental conditions need to be recorded thoroughly. Considering the fundamental roles of phytoplankton in marine ecosystems and global biogeochemical cycles, it is important to understand phytoplankton ecology and N2 fixation as a potential N source in various oceans.
The rationale of this Special Issue is to collect various articles on N2 fixation and phytoplankton ecology, such as biodiversity, distribution, biomass, photosynthetic traits, biochemical compositions, productivity, etc. of marine phytoplankton in various oceans, including polar oceans. We are especially seeking papers that present ecological and biogeochemical interactions among various phytoplankton communities, including N2 fixers and environments.
Prof. Dr. Sang Heon Lee
Dr. P.S. Bhavya
Dr. Bo Kyung Kim
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- marine N2 fixation
- phytoplankton ecology
- biogeochemical interactions
- marine ecosystems
- polar oceans