Frances Wilkerson - Adjunct Professor & Sr. Research Scientist
I am a Biological Oceanographer studying nutrient and
phytoplankton interactions in the sea, especially
those involving diatoms and eutrophic regions such
as coastal upwelling and estuarine ecosystems. More
specifically my research concerns nitrogen cycling
in the ocean and how fluxes of nitrate and ammonium
affect phytoplankton, primary production and the biological
pump. As such it is linked with oceanic carbon fluxes
and global climate change cycling. This involves measuring
nutrient uptake and assimilation using both traditional
isotopic approaches and some molecular genetics tools.
Study sites include San Francisco Bay, coastal California
and the equatorial Pacific. I am also interested in
the role symbiotic algae play in marine symbioses,
for example, zooxanthellae that reside in jelly fish,
giant clams and anemones.
Armbrust et al., (incl. Wilkerson). 2004. The genome of the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana-ecology, evolution and metabolism. Science. 306: 79-86.
Hogue, V., F.P. Wilkerson and R.C. Dugdale. 2005 Effects of ultraviolet-B radiation on natural phytoplankton assemblages in central San Francisco Bay . Estuaries. 28: 190-204.
Takabayashi, M., F.P. Wilkerson, D. Robertson. 2005. Response of glutamine synthetase gene transcription and enzyme activity to external nitrogen sources in the diatom, Skeletonema costatum (Bacillariophyceae). J. Phycology 41: 84-94.
Wilkerson, F.P., R.C. Dugdale, V.E. Hogue and A. Marchi. 2006. Phytoplankton blooms and nitrogen productivity in San Francisco estuary. Estuaries and Coasts 29: 401-416.
Takabayashi, M., K. Lew, A. Johnson, A. Marchi, R. Dugdale, F.P. Wilkerson. 2006. The effect of nutrient availability and temperature on chain length of the diatom, Skeletonema costatum . Journal of Plankton Research 28: 831-840.
Gibson A H., B. D. Jenkins, F. P. Wilkerson, S.M. Short and J.P. Zehr. 2006. Characterization of cyanobacterial glnA gene diversity and gene expression in marine environments FEMS Microbiology Ecology 55 (3): 391-402. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2005.00050.
Wilkerson, F.P. R.C. Dugdale, A. Marchi, V. Hogue, A. Lassiter. The phytoplankton bloom response to wind events and upwelled nutrients during the CoOP-WEST study. Deep-Sea Research II 53: 3023-3048.
Lassiter, A.M, F. Wilkerson, R.Dugdale and V. Hogue. Functiona phytoplankton groups in the CoOP_West upwelling region: the Chaeteoceros complex. Deep-Sea Research II 53: 3063-3077.
Dugdale, R.C., F.P. Wilkerson, A.Marchi and V.Hogue. Nutrient controls on new production in the Bodega Bay, California, coastal upwelling plume. Deep-Sea Research II 53: 3049-3062.
Largier J.L, C.A Lawrence, M. Roughan, D.M. Kaplan, E.P. Dever, C.E. Dorman, R.M. Kudela, S.M Bollens, F.P. Wilkerson, R.C. Dugdale, L.W. Botsford, N Garfield, B. Kuebel-Cervantes, D. Koracin. 2006. WEST: a northern California study of the role of wind-driven transport in the productivity of coastal plankton communities. Deep-Sea Research II 53: 2833-2849.
Dugdale, R.C., F. P. Wilkerson, F.Chai, R. Feely. 2007 Size fractionated nitrogen uptake measurements in the Equatorial Pacific and confirmation of the low Si-HNLC condition. Global Biogochemical Cycles, 21, No 2 GB2005 doi:10.1029/2006GB002722.
Dugdale, R.C., F.P. Wilkerson, V.E. Hogue and A. Marchi. 2007. The role of ammonium and nitrate in spring phytoplankton bloom development in San Francisco Bay. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 73: 17-29.
Wilkerson, F. and R.,C. Dugdale. 2007. Nitrogen in Coastal Upwelling. Book Chapter in Nitrogen in the Sea (Carpenter, E., Capone, D., Bronk,, Mullholland, M, eds).
Wilkerson, F.P. and R.C. Dugdale. 2008. Coastal Upwelling. In: “Nitrogen in the Marine Environment “, Capone et al. (eds). Elsevier Press, pp 765-801.
Dugdale, R, F. Chai, R. Feely, C. Measures, A. Parker, F. Wilkerson. 2010. The regulation of equatorial Pacific new production and pCO2 by silicate-limited diatoms, Deep-Sea Research II doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2010.08.008
Parker, A.E., F. Wilkerson, R.C. Dugdale, A. Marchi, V. Hogue, M. Landry and A.G. Taylor. 2010. Spatial patterns of nitrogen uptake and phytoplankton in the equatorial upwelling zone (110ºW–140ºW) during 2004 and 2005. Deep Sea Research. II doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2010.08
Strutton, P.G., A. Palacz, R.C. Dugdale, F. Chai, A. Marchi, A. Parker, V. Hogue, F. Wilkerson. 2010. The impact of equatorial Pacific tropical instability waves on hydrography and nutrients: 2004-2005. Deep-Sea Research II doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2010.08.015.
Peter G. Strutton, Artur P. Palacz, Richard C. Dugdale, Fei Chai, Al Marchi, Alex E. Parker, Victoria Hogue, Frances P. Wilkerson. 2011. The impact of equatorial Pacific tropical instability waves on hydrography and nutrients: 2004-2005, Pages 284-295. DeepSea Research II. Volume 58, Issues 3-4.
Alexander E. Parker, Frances P. Wilkerson, Richard C. Dugdale, Al M. Marchi, Victoria E. Hogue, Michael R. Landry, Andrew G. Taylor. 2011. Spatial patterns of nitrogen uptake and phytoplankton in the equatorial upwelling zone (110°W–140°W) during 2004 and 2005, Pages 417-433. DeepSea Research II. Volume 58, Issues 3-4.