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Dr. Dan Kamykowski Professor
Tel. (919) 515-7894
Curriculum Vitae
Phytoplankton Ecology Lab
"Karenia brevis" Video Clip

B.S., Biology, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, 1963-1967

PhD, Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, 1967-1973

Teaching effort emphasizes plankton ecology. One major research thrust examines how Protist behavior and physiology influence the ecology of selected species. As a participant in the ECOHAB: Florida Project, we investigated how Karenia brevis uses cues related to its circadian rhythms, its internal physiological/biochemical state and its external environmental exposure to determine cell location in the water column and thus to transporting current regimes on the west Florida shelf. Other ECOHAB funding support associated laboratory work using mesocosms and field work using a programmable Lagrangian drifter termed the K. breve population mimic. A second major research thrust is to develop a capability to monitor phytoplankton nutrients in the world ocean using remotely sensed temperature and to apply this capability to an improved interpretation of phytoplankton biomass and production based on remotely sensed ocean color. This temperature-nutrient association also was applied other temperature data sets in the world ocean including the ARGO  floats and a 20th century sea surface temperature data set (ERSST). The latter analysis characterized variability in the thermohaline circulation and the implications for ecosystem variability in the world ocean. Other research interests included the oceanography of the Galapagos archipelago with special emphasis on phytoplankton community structure and the source of atmospheric isoprene over the world ocean.


Kamykowski, D. 2012. 20th century variability of Atlantic meridional overturning circulation: Planetary wave influences on world ocean surface phosphate utilization and synchrony of small pelagic fisheries. Deep-Sea Research I 65: 85-99,

Kamykowski, D. 2010. Atlantic meridional overturning circulation and phosphate-classified bottom-up control of Atlantic pelagic ecosystems through the 20th century. Deep-Sea Research I 57: 1266–1277, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2010.06.013.

Schaeffer, B. A., Kamykowski, D., McKay, L., Sinclair, G., Milligan, E. 2009. Lipid class, carotenoids and toxin dynamics of Karenia brevis (Dinophyceaea) during diel vertical migration. Journal of Phycology 45 (1): 154-163.

Gantt, B., Meskhidze, N. Kamykowski, D. 2009. A new physically-based quantification of isoprene and primary organic aerosol emissions from the world’s oceans. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 9: 2933-2965.

Sinclair, G., Kamykowski, D., Glibert, P. 2009. Growth, uptake and assimilation of ammonium, nitrate and urea by three strains of Karenia brevis grown under low light. Harmful Algae 8: 770-780.

Schaeffer, B. A., Kamykowski, D. Sinclair, G. A., McKay, L., Milligan, E. J. 2009. Diel vertical migration thresholds of Karenia brevis (Dinophyceae). Harmful Algae 8: 692-698.

Sweet, W. V., Morrison, J. M., Kamykowski, D., Schaeffer, B. A., Banks, S. 2009. Tropical instability wave interactions within the Galapagos Archipelago. Deep-Sea Research I 56:1217-1229.

Dutkiewicz, S., Beaugrand, G., Hoepffner, N., Kamykowski, D., Melin, F. 2009. Chapter 5: Applications to biogeochemical cycles and global climate change. In IOCCG (2009). Partition of the Ocean into Ecological Provinces: Role of Ocean-Colour Radiometry. Dowell, M. and Platt, T. (eds.), Reports of the International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group, No. 9, IOCCG, Dartmouth, Canada.

Schaeffer, B. A., Morrison, J. M., Kamykowski, D., Feldman, G. C., Xie, L., Lin, Y., Sweet, W., McCulloch, A., Banks, S. 2008. Phytoplankton biomass distribution and identification of productive habitats within the Galapagos Marine Reserve by MODIS, a surface acquisition system, and in-situ measurements. Remote Sensing of Environment 112 (6): 3044-3054.

Sinclair, G. A., Kamykowski, D. 2008. Benthic-pelagic coupling in sediment associated populations of Karenia brevis. Journal of Plankton Research 30: 829-838 doi:10.1093/plankt/fbn042.

Kamykowski, D. 2008. Estimating upper ocean phosphate concentrations using ARGO float temperature profiles. Deep-Sea Research I 55: 1580-1589 doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2008.05.017.

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