Title: The Physiology of Polar Zooplankton
Supervisors: Dr Dan Mayor (NOC), Dr Cathy Lucas (University of Southampton), Dr Kathryn Cook (NOC), Prof David Pond (University of Stirling) , Prof Mark Viant (University of Birmingham)
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.
Arctic study to shed light on organisms key to the food chain
A research team – led by a University of Stirling expert – will set off on a scientific cruise to the Arctic Ocean this weekend in a bid to understand the behaviour of tiny organisms that are key to the food chain. Read more04 August 2019