In the next few years we have a number of field projects examining the ecology of krill and other zooplankton in our part of the ocean. Like swarms of insects, zooplankton are often distributed in 'patches' in the water column, and we'll be trying to understand the processes that lead to the formation, maintenance, and dispersion of these patches. We'll also be looking at how these zooplankton patches interact with and support higher predators, including commercial fishes, marine mammals, and seabirds.
In this blog we'll be providing ongoing updates from the field, so stay tuned to see and read more about oceanographic research (as it happens!), life on oceanographic research vessels, and everyone's favorite zooplankton -- krill!
|View through the microscope of Euphausia krohni, a common krill species in the northwest Atlantic. (Photo: N Fitzharris)|