Linking phytoplankton to fisheries using zooplankton size spectra (ARC Discovery Project administered by University of New South Wales) (2015–2017)
The trophic links between phytoplankton, zooplankton and fisheries are unknown. The size frequency
distribution of zooplankton (size spectrum) is an innovative method for estimating their growth, predation and
production as food for fish. Analysis of a global synthesis of zooplankton size distributions from tropical to
polar environments will reveal these vital rates of pelagic ecosystems. The project will develop innovative
numerical methods to understand the dynamics, carbon export, and trophic structure of zooplankton. The
zooplankton rates will reveal, for the first time, the link between phytoplankton and fisheries, and will
significantly improve ecosystem models and global assessments of environmental change.