Title: The Physiology of Polar Zooplankton
Zooplankton, and in particular copepods, play a key role in Arctic ecosystems. They are a crucial link between primary producers and higher trophic levels, such as fish, and significantly contribute to biogeochemical cycling, e.g. the biological carbon pump. I am using metabolomics (the un-targeted study of the products of cell metabolism) to understand the physiology of zooplankton (Calanus spp.) in the Arctic Ocean.
Key questions of this project include:
- Can metabolomics indicate environmental factors driving reproduction success?
- Can metabolomics identify biomarkers associated with different physiological states?
This work is a component of DIAPOD, a project seeking to understand the future impacts of climate change on Arctic copepods and will further our understanding of copepod life history traits.