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2016 News in Brief



Penny Chisholm understands the ocean’s smallest creatures

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PHOTO: Penny Chisholm

Institute Professor Penny Chisholm was featured in last month’s publication of the MIT Technology Review for her work on understanding complex marine ecosystems and how they will respond to global warming. Chisholm, an ecologist and marine biologist, is widely recognized for her discovery of Prochlorococcus – a type of ocean-dwelling bacterium that produces up to 10 percent of all the oxygen generated by photosynthesis on Earth each year. Tech Review quotes her work as, “critical to understanding the complexity of marine life and predicting how climate change might ultimately perturb it.” Read the article.