Watch it! The TracEx-Team is going to sea!

On the 15-16th of July all teams loaded their equipment and containers onto the ship. In the photo: Leo Mahieu, our collaborator from Liverpool (UK), Jennifer Ivanoff, our collaborator from Canary Islands, Saumik Samanta, Johan Viljoen, Herman Boock, Ismael Kangueehi (Stellenbosch) and Bernhard Wenzel, our collaborator from Braunschweig (Germany).

Free access to our latest publication (until 22 December 2018)

Our team’s new paper shows that phytoplankton (“algae”) communities north and south of the Polar Front (located approximately at around 50 degrees South) respond differently to changes in light and availability of micronutrient iron. Those factors are important for the photosynthesis and thus growth of the algae, which eventually, is important for the food web…

Back at Waterfront (Cape Town)

We spent the morning packing and ended up with boxes everywhere.. In the afternoon, however, we made our long expected way through to the scenic Cape Town Waterfront. we actually saw more seals and whales in the harbour than during the whole two weeks cruise. We will be back tomorrow to offload all the boxes…

Winter Time low productivity

At c. 52degS c. 28deg E in what most likely is the Polar Frontal Zone and about a day away from the Polar Front. The photo shows a filter used to collect phytoplankton material, for pigment analysis, having ran c.30L of surface ocean water through it. Compared to summer time (Dec-Jan 2017) in the same…