Quantifying Trophic and Demographic Rates of Plankton-Rich Layers in East Sound, Orcas Island, Washington
RHODE ISLAND UNIV NARRAGANSETT GRADUATE SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY
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The goal of this research is to develop a mechanistic understanding and predictive capability of how biological processes affect plankton patch formation, persistence and decline. This goal will be addressed by concurrent characterization of the physical, chemical and biological parameters associated with patch occurrence and dissipation with biologically meaningful resolution meters and days. The objective of the funded work is to quantify the contribution of ecological processes to patch formation in the coastal ocean. These objectives will be addressed by simultaneously quantify 1 spatial and temporal characteristics of large plankton patches, 2 the physical and chemical conditions these patches occur in and 3 the plankton population dynamics of the dominant layer forming species through simultaneous measurements of the biological growth and mortality rates.
- Biological Oceanography