UM gets $9.5 million for ocean, climate change research

The University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station is getting nearly $10 million to research how much carbon dioxide the ocean can hold and how sea life is responding to a warming global climate.

The Subtropical Underwater Biogeochemistry and Subsurface Export Alliance (known as SUBSEA) is one of five global science projects selected to look at gaps in ocean data and modeling efforts, a news release from UM stated.

The $9.5 million was awarded by the Schmidt Sciences Ocean Biogeochemistry Virtual Institute. It will be disbursed over five years “to help refine details of ocean carbon cycling and ecosystem resilience,” the news release stated.

“The team is particularly interested in improving understanding of how nutrient cycling in the upper ocean impacts carbon dioxide storage in the deep sea,” UM said in the news release.

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Matthew Church, the station’s aquatic microbial ecology professor, is leading the SUBSEA team, along with stream ecology professor Bob Hall.

“I’m most excited by the collaborative opportunities afforded by the Schmidt Sciences investment in our SUBSEA project,” Church said in the release. “By bringing together an international team of scientists and cutting-edge tools, this project will allow

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