Evelyn Lessard is interested in the ecology of marine protists – the tiny single-cell phytoplankton and microzooplankton – in ecosystems ranging from the subtropics to the polar oceans. Through laboratory, field and modeling studies, her lab is working to understand the ways in which climate-driven ocean change affect interactions between organisms that form the base of the food web, and how these changes impact larger organisms such as krill and fish. Recent studies include how changing sea-ice conditions alter prey resources for krill in the subarctic and the response of harmful algal blooms to increasing ocean acidification and warming in Washington coastal waters.
Reviews current research in marine biology. Emphasizes critical readings and discussion of primary literature.