United States
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Maria Vernet

Research Scientist
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Integrative Oceanography Division
Research Interests
I am marine phytoplankton ecologist with specialization in polar environments, both Antarctic and Arctic. My interests are wide ranging, from taxonomy to primary production, dynamics of plankton communities, planktonic food webs and pelagic-benthic coupling. My approach has been mostly experimental, based on laboratory and field studies, more recently including inverse modeling of food webs. During the last 15 years my projects have concentrated on ice-phytoplankton interactions, studying response of plankton after Antarctic ice-shelf breakup, the ecosystem around drifting icebergs and more recently the influence of glacier meltwater in Antarctic and Greenland fjords. For the last five years my lab has collaborated with the tourist ship industry to the Antarctic Peninsula (IAATO) to extend sampling of phytoplankton along the Peninsula fjords, a highly successful approach not only to obtain samples of scientific relevance but also as an effective way to reach non-scientists and involve them in research.
Antarctic Research Location(s)
Palmer Station
RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer
Research Keywords
polar phytoplankton, ecology, physiology, primary production, ice-ocean interactions
NSF Antarctic Program
Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems
Other NSF Antarctic Programs
Antarctic Earth Sciences
Antarctic Glaciology
Antarctic Integrated System Science
Antarctic Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
SCAR Science Group Affiliation
Life Sciences Group