Arsenic and Old Lace - A Tale of Dinoflagellate Biology

A free online public seminar in the NAFC Marine Centre's Marine Science & Technology Virtual Seminar Series.

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Professor Jane Lewis

A talk by Professor Jane Lewis.

Dinoflagellates are a major component of the suspended plant life in the oceans. They are admired for their spectacular bioluminescent displays; notorious for their ability to form massive blooms (red tides); feared due to their potential toxicity through the food chain (e.g. paralytic shellfish poisoning); but are useful in assisting us to date rocks and elucidate past environments.

This lecture will outline our understanding of their life history and how this affects their ecology and how experimenting with living dinoflagellates in the laboratory can help us understand past environments.