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Adrian Marchetti

Adrian Marchetti

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
(919) 843-3473
(919) 962-1254
3117D Murray Hall, CB#3300
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Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 2005
B.Sc. Biology McGill University, Montreal, 1998

Research Interests

The Marchetti Lab combines physiological and molecular approaches in laboratory isolates and natural communities to investigate how plankton are affected by their environment and in turn, influence ocean biogeochemistry and ecosystem dynamics. Particular interests include studying trace metals, such as iron, that are essential for the nutrition of phytoplankton and microzooplankton and predicting the effects of future climate changes on plankton distribution and abundance.

Research and Activities

  • Trace metal and vitamin availability controls on phytoplankton ecology and evolution
  • Plankton elemental requirements and nutrient uptake kinetics
  • Comparative transcriptomics in plankton isolates and natural assemblages
  • Development of molecular and morphological indicators for phytoplankton physiological status
  • Phytoplankton-bacteria interactions
  • Climate change effects on phytoplankton and zooxanthellae