A Rhodolith Thesis Defense: Thursday May 19th

Paul diligently sorting his samples in the lab. What was the point? Come hear his thesis to find out! (photo: E. Loury)

Congratulations to Phycology Lab student Paul Tompkins, who will be defending his thesis this Tursday, May 19th, at noon.  Paul’s thesis is entitled “Distribution, Growth, and Disturbance of Catalina Island Rhodoliths.”  What’s a rhodolith, you ask?  If you can’t come hear the scoop on Thursday, check out these photos belows, or browse around the Drop-In:

Rhodoliths are round, free-living corraline algae - kind of like ocean tumbleweeds (photo: P. Tompkins)

Unlike most seaweeds, rhodoliths are algae that have a hard skeleton made out of calcium carbonate.  The structure of a rhodolith bed creates a habitat for many types of organisms, like a mini coral reef or kelp forest.  Beds like the one shown below were the subject of Paul’s thesis.

A rhodolith bed at Catalina Island. (photo: P. Tompkins)

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2 Responses to A Rhodolith Thesis Defense: Thursday May 19th

  1. Margi Tompkins says:

    Congratulations Paul on your thesis defense. Well done!


  2. Pingback: Algae growing on Algae! « The Drop-In to Moss Landing Marine Labs

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