Where: Fort Worden Chapel
Admission: $5 (students, teachers FREE)
Virginia Armbrust, PhD
Director of School of
Oceanography at the
University of Washington
E. Virginia Armbrust’s research focuses on marine phytoplankton, particularly marine diatoms, which are responsible for about 20% of global photosynthesis. She has pioneered the use of environmental genomics and transcriptomics, combined with metabolomics, to understand how natural diatom communities are shaped by the environment and by their interactions with other microbes. Most recently, she has identified chemical signals that form the basis of cross-kingdom communication. Her group developed ship-board instrumentation that now permits the fine-scale continuous mapping of distributions, growth rates and loss rates of different groups of phytoplankton.
For more information, go to Port Townsend Marine Science Center