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.
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University of New South Wales
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University of New South Wales