29 returned results for 'phytoplankton'

  • Monitoring Marine Zooplankton

     What are marine zooplankton? Zooplankton are very small animals that live in the sea. They are not strong enough to swim against tides and currents and so drift along in the water. There are tens of thousands of species of zooplankton and they range in size from being smaller than a grain of rice up…

    4th April 2012

  • Spring is coming in the water

    This week we have seen the first signs of spring in our gardens as snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils have started to shoot through the soil. In the waters surrounding our shores we are also beginning to see the first signs of spring as the phytoplankton diatom population has begun to grow too. Below are some…

    29th February 2012

  • MSS Photograph to be Displayed in Great North Museum

    During 2012 the British Phycological Society, a society that promotes the study of phytoplankton and algae in UK waters, will celebrate its Golden Jubilee. One of the events planned to mark this occasion is an exhibition of short-listed photographs from the Hilda Canter-Lund photographic competition, which will take place in the Great North Museum in…

    16th January 2012

  • ICES/NAFO Decadal Symposium Presentations

    In a previous post, we mentioned that several talks and posters were going to be presented at the ICES/NAFO Deacadal Symposium held in May. The overall purpose of the symposium was to improve the understanding of hydro-biological variability between 2000 and 2009 in the North Atlantic. Several presentations and posters were provided by Marine Scotland…

    20th May 2011

  • ICES/NAFO Decadal Symposium Update…

    Five Marine Scotland Science abstracts, using data gathered at the east and west coast ecosystem monitoring stations, have been accepted for the ICES/NAFO Decadal Symposium, May 2011. Below are the accepted titles and the associated author lists. Spain here we come! (abstracts listed in no particular order) 1) Emerging patterns from time series of plankton sampling off the…

    1st March 2011

  • Kinetically Stormy, Biologically Calm

    A frothy Stonehaven shoreline (Photo: J. Dunn 21/02/11) On the surface the sea may look stormy, but biologically speaking, this is the period of calm before the storm! At this time of the year, there is very little phytoplankton or zooplankton in the water. Just around the temporal corner, the primary and secondary productivity of the…

    21st February 2011

  • Sampling Zooplankton

    Plankton consists both of plant and animal organisms, ranging in size from a few micrometers (thousands of a millimetre (mm)) to a few centimetres or larger. Generally speaking, the plant plankton (phytoplankton) are smallest, and zooplankton tends to be bigger, although they still span a wide range of sizes, which may appear small to us as…

    15th December 2010

  • Plankton Biologists

       A team of about nine plankton biologists are involved in the monitoring of the plankton on the east coast, at Stonehaven and the west coast, at Loch Ewe. The results of some of the phytoplankton monitoring at Stonehaven is published as: Bresnan et al. (2009) Seasonal and interannual variation in the phytoplankton community in…

    22nd October 2010

  • Plankton definition

    Plankton is the term for drfiting organisms, from bacteria through microscopic plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton), to large jellyfish and the larvae of most fish and shellfish, that inhabit the oceans, seas and bodies of freshtwater.  

    8th October 2010