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New York Times Interviews Researcher on Phytoplankton Bloom

The New York Times Green blog interviewed UMaine oceanographer Mary Jane Perry about a study published last week in the magazine Science. Perry and colleagues found the spring phytoplankton bloom in the North Atlantic may be caused not by sunlight, but by shallow ocean currents known as eddies. The importance of the finding, Perry told the Times, is that phytoplankton provides food for a vast network of aquatic creatures in the North Atlantic.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, (207) 581-3777

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