I am a marine ecologist studying how the environment shapes the distribution and abundance of plankton in the ocean. I am interested in where these organisms are found, how many occur there, and why.
last modified: June 2015
Senior Research Scientist
ribalet at uw.edu
I am interested predominantly in the physiology and ecology of marine microbes and their adaptation to different environments. My PhD work has focused on how chemical signals produced by plankton, particularly oxylipin compounds produced by diatoms, influence the composition and fitness of a community. My postdoctoral work examined how nutrient gradients influence the distribution, abundance and activity of phytoplankton communities. I am currently investigating the coupling between cyanobacteria and their consumers and its effects on ecosystem stability. My long-term goal is to determine the mechanisms that shape patterns of community structure and function in the oceans.
I use flow cytometry to collect information about the distribution and abundance of marine microbes and their activity at the single cell level. The Armbrust Lab developed an underway flow cytometer called SeaFlow to provide continuous observations of phytoplankton communities. I am developing tools to facilitate the analysis and visualization of the high volume of data collected by the instrument. For more information about our cytometry facility and software tools, please visit our website http://seaflow.ocean.washington.edu
- 2007 Ph.D in Biological Sciences – Open University of London, UK, hosted by the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples, IT. Thesis title: The role of polyunsaturated aldehyde production in the physiology and ecology of diatoms, 270 pp. uk.bl.ethos.487156.
- 2003 M.Sc in Biological Oceanology and Marine Environment – University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, FR
- 2001 B.Sc in Population Biology and Ecosystems – University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, FR
- Hamilton, M., Needoba, J., Maxey, K., Morales, R., Peterson, T.D., Schatz, M., Swalwell, J., Zuber, P., Armbrust, E.V. and Ribalet, F.
Dynamics of Teleaulax cryptophytes during red water blooms in the Columbia River Estuary. in prep for MEPS
- Ribalet, F., Berthiaume, C., Hyrkas, J., Cobb, C., Clayton, S., Halperin, D., Howe, B., Swalwell, J., and Armbrust, E.V. Popcycle: a database management system approach for environmental flow cytometry data. in prep for BMC Bioinformatics
- Hyrkas, J., Clayton, S., Ribalet, F., Halperin, D., Armbrust, E.V. and Howe, B. 2016 Scalable clustering algorithms for continuous environmental flow cytometry. Bioinformatics 32:417-423
- Ribalet, F., Swalwell, J., Clayton, S., Jimenez, V., Sudek, S., Lin, Y., Johnson, Z.I., Worden, A.Z. and Armbrust, E.V. 2015 Light-driven synchrony of Prochlorococcus cell growth and mortality in the subtropical Pacific gyre. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 112:8008-8012
- Ribalet, F., Bastianini, M., Vidoudez, C., Acri, F., Berges, J., Ianora, A., Miralto, A., Pohnert, G., Romano, G., Wichard, T., and Casotti, R. 2014. Phytoplankton cell lysis associated with polyunsaturated aldehyde release in the northern Adriatic Sea. PLoS ONE 9(1):e85947
- Halperin, D., Weitz, K., Howe, B., Ribalet, F., Saito, M., and Armbrust, E.V. 2013. Real-Time Collaborative Analysis with (Almost) Pure SQL: A Case Study in Biogeochemical Oceanography. Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management, 28:1-12
- Pavlesky, H., Ribalet, F., Swalwell, J., Cosca, C.E., Cokelet, E., Feely, R., Armbrust, E.V., and Quay, P. 2013. The influence of net community production and phytoplankton community structure on CO2 uptake in the Gulf of Alaska. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 27: 664-676
- Howe, B., Halperin, D., Ribalet, F., Sagar, C., and Armbrust, E.V. 2013. SQLShare: Scientiﬁc Workﬂow Management via Relational View Sharing. Computing in Science & Engineering, 15: 22-31
- Ribalet, F. 2012. Toward an adaptive sampling strategy to understand the sensitivity of biogeochemical province boundaries to climate change. Journal of Marine Biology and Oceanography 1:2 (Editorial)
- Swalwell, J.E., Ribalet, F., and Armbrust, E.V. 2011. SeaFlow: A novel underway flow-cytometer for continuous observations of phytoplankton in the ocean. Limnology & Oceanography Methods 9: 466-477
- Ribalet, F., Schruth, D., and Armbrust, E.V. 2011. flowPhyto: enabling automated analysis of microscopic algae from continuous flow cytometric data. Bioinformatics 27:732-733
- Ribalet, F., Marchetti, A., Hubbard, K.A., Brown, K., Durkin, C.A., Morales, R., Robert, M., Swalwell, J.E, Tortell, P.D., and Armbrust, E.V. 2010. Unveiling a phytoplankton hotspot at a narrow boundary between coastal and oceanic waters. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107:16571-16576
- Ribalet, F., Vidoudez, C., Cassin, D., Pohnert, G., Ianora, A., Miralto, A., and Casotti, R. 2009. High plasticity in the production of diatom-polyunsaturated aldehydes under nutrient limitation: Physiological and ecological implications. Protist 160:444-451
- Marchetti, A., Parker, M.S., Moccia, L.P., Lin, E.O., Arrieta, A.L., Ribalet, F., Murphy, M.E.P., Maldonado, M.T., and Armbrust, V.E. 2009. Iron storage by ferritin in bloom-forming marine pennate diatoms. Nature 457:467-470
- Ribalet, F., Intertaglia, L., Lebaron, P., and Casotti, R. 2008. Differential effect of three polyunsaturated aldehydes on marine bacterial isolates. Aquatic Toxicology 86: 249-255
- Ribalet, F., Berges, J.A., Ianora, A., and Casotti, R. 2007. Growth inhibition of cultured marine phytoplankton by toxic algal-derived polyunsaturated aldehydes. Aquatic Toxicology 85:219-227
- Ribalet, F., Wichard, T., Pohnert, G., Ianora, A., Miralto, A., and Casotti, R. 2007. Age and nutrient limitations enhance aldehyde production in marine diatoms. Phytochemistry 68: 2059-2067
- Vardi, A., Formiggini, F., Casotti, R., de Martino, A., Ribalet, F., Miralto, A., and Bowler, C. 2006. A stress surveillance system based on calcium and nitric oxide in marine diatoms. PLoS Biology 4: 411-419A