Name of plankton: Chaetoceros

Where sample was found: Harrington Sound, Bermuda

Project: Scallop Project

Photo credit: Andrew Cogswell, BIOS

What role do these organisms play in the ecosystem: Chaetoceros is an abundant centric diatom found in the marine environment. It is an important phytoplankton capable of fixing carbon.

Interesting facts: Because of high growth rates and contain high concentrations of lipids, Chaetoceros has been used as a potential alga to harvest lipids for biofuels.