Welcome to OBO


Our research team studies the microscopic flora of the oceans (phytoplankton) which account for half of the photosynthesis on our planet and provide the base of the marine food chain.  Our group investigates the diversity and physiology of these single-celled organisms over a range of marine ecosystems, from the poles to the tropics.  We use a variety of tools to do this: from molecular markers to earth-orbiting satellites.  This website provides brief descriptions of who we are, the type of research we do, and the oceanographic cruises that we have participated in over the past few years.