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Kelp Forest Biogeochemistry

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Kelp Forest Biogeochemistry

Research Area: Carbon Cycling in Modern Systems
Related People: Heidi Hirsh

Kelp forests are some of the most productive marine environments in the world. We have an NSF grant to measure their contribution to the food supply in coastal California, as well as to understand how they may react to future changes in ocean temperature and pH. To do so, we will use our custom carbon chemistry unit to study the biogeochemistry of the kelp forest off Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, CA. Our system will utilize the same technology originally developed for coral reefs to measure the carbon system.

- Heidi Hirsh