It doesn’t seem so long ago that in school I was taught that trees provide oxygen, a necessity for humans to live. As such we were educated about the importance of recycling paper and conserving to do our part in saving the trees. Now there is a new frontier in preserving a resource that generates oxygen. Plankton. Yes, plankton.
As Chris Bowler, marine biologist and scientific coordinator for the voyage, explained in the NPR article, “A Tiny Ocean World With A Mighty Important Future“, by studying plankton in areas that are highly polluted or acidic the data could reveal information regarding which conditions the organisms are able to endure. Additionally, as the oceans change perhaps this data can reveal which species have a higher possibility of extinction versus migration or replacement.