SS3.14 An Interdisciplinary Journey Towards Integrated Aquatic Sciences: Homage to Jacob Kalff
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2002
Time: 10:00:00 AM
Location: Saanich
AgustíS, IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB), Esporles, Spain,
Interdisciplinary crossfertilization in plankton ecology: oceanographic benefits from progress in limnology
Progress within any one discipline often results from developments in different areas. This results in step progression, where particular scientific programmes experience sudden bursts when technical or theoretical developments in a different discipline are imported. Although cross-fertilization between fields is an important component of scientific progress, whether this operates within closely related areas is often not so evident. Limnology and oceanography remain separated by conceptual, technical, and practical boundaries. Professor Jacob Kalff, among other scientists, has made a significant contribution to the integration of both disciplines by promoting comparative studies that spanned across both freshwater and oceanographic systems. Those comparisons have proved useful for the understanding of the functioning of aquatic systems, particular that of phytoplankton communities. Some of the concepts on phytoplankton ecology developed within the realm of limnology in the 70's, with a particular contribution by J. Kalff and coworkers, have promoted paradigm shifts in marine phytoplankton ecology. In this presentation, these are discussed by example, to demonstrate the importance of interdisciplinary cross-fertilization within aquatic sciences.