Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Phytoplankton Ecology and Dynamics

Muhammet Turkoglu

Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University


Neslihan Balkis-Ozdelice

Istanbul University


Phytoplankton Species Diversity Ecosystem Diversity Ocean Systems Fresh-Brackish Water Systems Ecosystem Analysis Environmental Characters Algal Blooms (HABs) Climate Change Phytoplankton Primary Productivity Eutrophication

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About the book

As Hensen defined them in 1887, planktons are all organisms in the water column which are passively ‘drifting’ along with water movements. Phytoplankton are types of plankton that live either as solitary individuals or multi-chain formed forms (or colonial forms) in the water column. The main types of phytoplankton in the marine systems are diatoms, dinoflagellates, coccolithophores and some other flagellates. The blue-green and green algae are very abundant in freshwater systems but are of lesser significance in the sea.

Phytoplankton have among them autotroph organisms which are fixing solar energy by photosynthesis, using carbon dioxide, nutrients such as N, P and various trace metals such as Fe, Zn, Co and Mg. These autotrophs contain photosynthetic pigments such as chlorophylls and carotenoids. Some phytoplankton organisms, mainly dinoflagellates can be temporarily heterotrophic which builds up organic particulate matter from dissolved organic substances (osmotrophy) or even particulate organic matter (phagotrophy).

The book will discuss the physical and chemical characteristics of the marine environment and some large freshwater systems in relation to phytoplankton growth, temporal and spatial variations in phytoplankton community, and the taxonomy, horizontal and vertical distribution. It will be a self-contained collection of scholarly chapters targeting an audience of researchers, academics and students as well as experts and professionals working in the field of marine ecosystems. 

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Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: August 9th 2019

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Deadline for chapter proposals: August 30th 2019

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Deadline for full chapters: October 29th 2019

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

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Review results due: January 17th 2020

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

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Expected publication date: March 17th 2020

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About the editor

Muhammet Turkoglu

Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University

Dr. Muhammet TURKOGLU, completed his undergraduate education in Biology in 1988 at Hacettepe University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology; graduate education in 1991 at Dokuz Eylul University, Marine Sciences and Technology Institute, Marine Living Resources Department (Master thesis titled "Investigation of Chromium (Cr) Concentrations in Water, Sediments and Some Organisms of Izmir Bay"). He completed his Ph.D. at Ege University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Section of Marine Biology in 1998 (Doctorate thesis (Ph.D. Thesis) titled 'Phytoplankton Composition and Effects of Bio-ecological Factors of Middle Black Sea Area (Coasts of Sinop Peninsula)"). Currently, he is working as a full professor of Marine Science and Technology Faculty at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey. Dr. Turkoglu is an oceanographer and his researches involve studies in Aegean Sea, Black Sea, Turkish Straits System (Dardanelles, Sea of Marmara and Bosphorus) and Caspian Sea. He is interested in species diversity, vertical and temporal successions of phytoplankton in marine ecosystems, especially in coastal habitats. Dr. Turkoglu is also interested in nutrient dynamics and harmful algal blooms (HABs) in marine systems. He has more than 100 scientific studies published by various reputed scientific journals and others. Dr. Turkoglu participated in various national and international marine scientific voyages throughout the academic career. His expertise are (1) Marine Biodiversity and Ecology (Microplankton, Phytoplankton and Microzooplankton) (2) Biological Oceanography (Phytoplankton Dynamics) (3) Chemical Oceanography (Nutrient Dynamics) (4) Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) (5) Eutrophication and Phytoplankton (6) Physical Oceanography (CTD)

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