(full paper is archived in the Miller Library)
Title: Modelling primary production and phytoplankton biomass
in Monterey Bay
Student Author(s): Cohen, Amanda
Faculty Advisor(s): Chavez, Francisco
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1990
Abstract: This model of primary production in Monterey Bay predicts weekly phytoplankton growth under given environmental conditions. Growth values are then combined with equations for fallout, advection, and nutrient recycling to calculate each week's phytoplankton biomass. The model's predictions, especially for production, compare well to actual measurements for the Bay. The model also predicts a small winter phytoplankton bloom resulting from nitrate accumulation. This bloom has been observed in the field. With additional complexity, this simulation could provide input terms for future Bay models.
Notes: A 1991 Senior Honors Thesis by Amanda Cohen expanding on this topic is in the University Archives. It is titled "A Model of Phytoplankton Population Dynamics in the Euphotic Zone of Monterey Bay".