Humans depend on the ocean for many goods and services, including fisheries and aquaculture production, water purification, shoreline protection, and recreation. Marine food webs comprise a delicate balance among primary producers, intermediate consumers, and top predators, including humans. Marine ecosystems are experiencing unprecedented rates of change associated with rising atmospheric CO2 levels and climate change, including concurrent shifts in temperature, circulation, stratification, nutrient input, oxygen content, and ocean acidification. The OCB community is interested in how marine ecosystems are responding to environmental change and the long-term evolutionary implications of those responses. This includes physiological and molecular-level responses of individuals, as well as population-level shifts that alter community structure, trophic dynamics, and diversity.
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Barton, A.D., S. Dutkiewicz, K.H. Andersen, Ø. Fiksen, M. Follows, C. Mouw, N. Record, and T. Rynearson (2016). Report on the “Trait-based approaches to ocean life” scoping workshop, October 5-8, 2015, U.S. Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Program, 35 pp., DOI: 10.1575/1912/8017.
Hofmann, E., Sarmiento, J., Smith, W. (2010). A U.S. Southern Ocean Carbon, Ecosystems and Biogeochemistry Science Plan, a report of the Southern Ocean Scoping Workshop sponsored by the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Program and the NSF Office of Polar Programs (Workshop Steering Committee Members: C. Deutsch, E. Hofmann, T. Ito, N. Lovenduski, J. Russell, J. Sarmiento, W. Smith, P. Strutton)
Moffett, J. et al. (2011) The Molecular Biology of Biogeochemistry: Using Molecular Methods to Link Ocean Chemistry with Biological Activity, Report of the OCB Scoping Workshop held November 8-10, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA, 28 pp.