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Dr. Bruce Monger


Bruce Monger

4124 Snee Hall



Biological oceanography; Remote sensing


1996: Postdoctoral Fellow
Satellite Remote Sensing of Ocean Color
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

1993: PhD, Biological Oceanography
Department of Oceanography
University of Hawaii at Manoa

1988: MS, Biological Oceanography
School of Oceanography
University of Washington

1981: AA, Natural Science
Highline Community College


My research activities are directed primarily at using satellite imagery to examine interannual variability of spring phytoplankton blooms and the affect that bloom variability has on higher trophic level processes. Initial application of this research approach was in the Gulf of Maine region. By combining satellite-derived imagery of chlorophyll concentration and sea surface temperature, and using published laboratory data relating reproductive rates of herbivorous zooplankton as a function of food abundance and temperature, I derived a time series of imagery depicting spatial variability in the reproductive potential of zooplankton populations in the Gulf of Maine. This was a novel application of remote sensing data and provided new insight into mechanisms contributing to interannual variability in regional zooplankton abundance and subsequent variability in the larval success of commercially important fish populations. This research approach is currently being extended in work with Andrew Pershing and others that takes the next logical step of combining the satellite data with information about regional advection and zooplankton development rates to model the full zooplankton population dynamics within the Gulf of Maine. The ultimate intent of this work is to use zooplankton abundances to aid in determining major foraging area of North Atlantic right whale populations.

In addition to the Gulf of Maine research, I have also been focusing a considerable amount of my research activity on understanding the physical mechanisms that contribute to interannual variability in spring phytoplankton blooms across the North Atlantic basin. I worked with Andrew Barton using long-term continuous plankton recorder data to examine decadal changes in bloom dynamics (Barton et al. 2004). I also worked with Rei Ueyama, first when she was a senior undergraduate and then as a continuing graduate student, using satellite data to examine variability in bloom dynamics at interannual time scales. This research effort contributed to an EAS Master Thesis by Rei Ueyama and to a recently published research paper (Ueyama and Monger, 2005).

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