Future phytoplankton diversity in a changing climate

Henson, S. A., Cael, B. B., Allen, S. R., & Dutkiewicz, S. (2021). Future phytoplankton diversity in a changing climate. Nature Communications, 12(1), 5372. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-25699-w


The future response of marine ecosystem diversity to continued anthropogenic forcing is not well understood. Phytoplankton are a diverse set of organisms (microscopic marine algae) that form the base of the marine ecosystem. This study finds that the community structure becomes increasingly unstable in response to climate change over the 21st century. This implies a loss of ecological resilience with likely knock-on effects on the productivity and functioning of the marine environment.