Developing a New Trait-based Understanding of Microbial Communities Based on Metabolic and Elemental and Macromolecular Constraints

Zoe Finkel
Dalhousie University, Canada

We are conducting a suite of laboratory experiments to quantify the relationship between growth rate and the macromolecular and elemental composition of key phytoplankton taxa across a range of cell sizes and taxonomic groups to facilitate the development, parameterization and testing of a new trait-based marine microbial growth model.

CBIOMES Collaborators in the Finkel Group

News from the Finkel Group

March 2021 CBIOMES e-meeting Niall McGinty (Dal)

“Anthropogenic climate change impacts on copepod trait biogeography” Please note access to this page is restricted to CBIOMES associates. (more…)


Niall McGinty, Andrew D Barton, Nicholas R Record, Zoe V Finkel, David G Johns, Charles A Stock, Andrew J Irwin (2020), Anthropogenic climate change impacts on copepod trait biogeography, Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcb.15499 Get the...

December 2020 CBIOMES (Poster) e-Meeting

To provide an opportunity to "pick up the conversation" and chat with colleagues about where work had gone since our Annual Meeting in June, the December gathering was an all-hands...


Mutshinda. C.M., Finkel, Z.V., Widdicombe, C.E. & Irwin, A.J. (2020), A trait-based taxonomy for phytoplankton biomass modeling and prediction, Diversity, doi: 10.3390/d12080295 Get the PDF [Requires login]


A.W. Omta, D. Talmy, K. Inomura, A.J. Irwin, Z.V. Finkel, D. Sher, and M.J. Follows (2020), Quantifying nutrient throughput and DOM production by algae in continuous culture, Journal of Theoretical Biology, doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2020.110214 Get the PDF [Requires...


Crispin M. Mutshinda, Andrew J. Irwin, Mikko J. Sillanpää (2020), A Bayesian Framework for Robust Quantitative Trait Locus Mapping and Outlier Detection, The International Journal of Biostatistics, doi: 10.1515/ijb-2019-0038 Get the PDF...

Seen at Ocean Sciences: CBIOMES Posters

Several CBIOMES members shared posters at this year’s Ocean Sciences conference which took place in San Diego in February. Please note access to this page is restricted to CBIOMES associates....


C. Mutshinda, C. Widdicombe, Z.V. Finkel, A.J. Irwin (2019), Bayesian inference to partition determinants of community dynamics from observational time series, Community Ecology, doi: 10.1556/168.2019.20.3.4 Get the PDF [Requires login]

CBIOMES Welcomes Mohammad Amirian Matlob

by Helen Hill for CBIOMES A warm welcome to graduate student Mohammad Amirian Matlob who joins Andrew Irwin's Dalhousie CBIOMES Group this month. (more…)

CBIOMES at CMStatistics2019

In December, several from CBIOMES traveled to London, England, to present their work at CMStatistics2019, a conference organized by the European Research Consortium for Informatics (ERCIM) Working Group on Computational...

CBIOMES Goes to Ocean Sciences 2020

Look out for members of the CBIOMES team, sharing their work at this year’s Ocean Sciences conference taking place February 16-21 in San Diego, California. (more…)


Catherine Fiset, Andrew J. Irwin, Zoe V. Finkel (2019), The macromolecular composition of non‐calcified marine macroalgae, Journal of Phycology, doi: 10.1111/jpy.12913 Get the PDF [Requires login]

When Phytoplankton Go Hungry

Story by Helen Hill | CBIOMES News The Redfield ratio, the atomic ratio of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus (C:N:P) in phytoplankton and deep ocean waters, has often been treated as a...

CBIOMES Welcomes Olga Carnicer

A warm welcome to postdoc Olga Carnicer as she joins Zoe Finkel’s Dalhousie CBIOMES Group. (more…)

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