Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography

Celebrating 20 Years of CCPO

2011 Fall Seminar Series


Alexander Bochdansky
Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Old Dominion University

Monday, October 31, 2011
3:30 PM
Room 3200, Innovation Research Park Building I


Particles in the size range from 50 μm to several mm are the main contributors to carbon fluxes to the deep sea (> 1000 m) and supply most of the organic nutrients to an environment that is extremely energy limited. Since particles are hot spots of biological activity, organisms located on them may dominate water column metabolism in comparison to those living freely suspended in the ambient water. On their way through the water column, most particles undergo dissolution and remineralization. Some particles, however, sink sufficiently fast to escape complete degradation. Others may be produced in situ from dissolved organic matter through coagulation. Particle genesis, size, composition, ballast and shape thus define to what extent they contribute to vertical carbon fluxes or serve as substrates for the deep-sea microbial food web. However, many of these particles are too fragile to be retrieved from sediment traps or bottle samplers intact. In contrast, visual tools allow us to determine size, shape and approximate composition of these particles as they occur in the water column. We developed two systems, one based on standard video anaylsis, the other based on digital inline holographic microscopy. Here I will describe these systems and show examples from our expeditions to the tropical and subtropical Atlantic.


Alexander Bochdansky received a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. His current research projects include the distribution and ecology of eukaryotic microbes of the deep sea, zooplankton interactions with thin layers, and ecological stoichiometry and bioenergetics of zooplankton.

Reception before seminar at 3:00 PM

Old Dominion University Homepage Innovation Research Park Building I
4111 Monarch Way, 3rd Floor
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23508
CCPO Homepage

Updated on 10/24/2011.
This page is maintained by Julie R. Morgan
Copyright Info: Old Dominion University 2011