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Neale, Patrick

Senior Research Scientist

I study the effects of sunlight, especially ultraviolet radiation, on ecosystems and the environment.  I mainly work in freshwater and marine systems focusing on the responses of the smallest organisms in those systems, the plankton, in particular phytoplankton and photosynthesis.  A long term project has been studying the effects of increased UV-B due to Antarctic ozone depletion on the productivity of the Southern Ocean which surrounds the Antarctic continent.  More recently, I have been studying carbon cycling in the Chesapeake Bay using the optical properties of bay waters in the UV.  I also supervise the SI solar-radiation monitoring program which has been measuring UV-B radiation in Maryland since the 1970s compiling one of the longest records of spectral irradiance in the world.

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Geographic Focus