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Assaf Vardi

Fragments of phytoplankton outer shell

When viral infection wipes out an algal bloom, fragments may turn airborne, increasing clouds and cooling the surface below

Dr. Daniella Schatz and Prof. Assaf Vardi

Are tiny packages of cellular material helping the algal cells or the viruses that infect them? 

algal bloom from space

How do algal blooms spread in areas where nutrients are scarce? 

Dr. Flores on Tara

Scientists aboard the TARA investigate marine ecology

Dr Daniella Schatz

A viral infection in marine microorganisms has consequences for the entire planet 

alagal bloom in the North Sea

Sea breezes may play an unwitting role in the decimation of giant algal blooms

The Coral Sweepstakes

High-speed films of coral reveal how tiny hairs are used for housekeeping

Satellite image showing a patch of bright waters associated with a bloom of phytoplankton in the Barents Sea off Norway. Image courtesy of Norman Kuring, Ocean Color Group at Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA

Understanding how viruses attack giant algal blooms may help us understand their role in fixing global carbon