Project: Where’s my dinner? Do Arctic benthic communities show preferential food uptake?
What I’ll be doing is determining the species and functional diversity of the benthic communities under the seasonal ice. I will also use lipid, stable isotope and H-Print analysis to determine whether the benthic communities are preferentially feeding on sea-ice algae or open water phytoplankton. This will be done through the size fractions, from meiofauna to macrofauna, in order to identify trophic position, relationships and resource partitioning.
Ultimately this will give a greater insight into how sea-ice organic carbon is distributed within the food web and into the composition of organic carbon stored in sediments and consumed by the fauna.
I am a PhD student in the Arctic PRIZE project.