These large scale dynamics can strongly influence the abundance of phytoplankton on annual or inter-annual timescales. Therefore, these large scale processes may have far reaching impacts on the greater marine food-wed. Understanding these dynamics allows for a better understanding and provides context to regional observations of productivity. Untangling the effects of these processes may also provide insights into future climate scenarios.
This research highlights the interconnectivity of our oceans; changes within the Pacific Ocean may have strong impacts on the productivity of the Indian Ocean and the BIOT region. The connection between oceans illustrates the complexity of natural systems, which I find fascinating and drives my passion for ocean science.