SS4.04 The Relevance of Gelatinous Zooplankton to Interdisciplinary Linkages
Date: Friday, June 14, 2002
Time: 8:30:00 AM
Location: Saanich
 
GrahamWM, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, AL, USA, mgraham@disl.org
 
AN EXPLORATION OF GELATINOUS ZOOPLANKTON ECOLOGY FROM THE MOLECULAR TO THE GLOBAL OCEAN
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Elegant yet simple, the gelatinous animals of the sea represent among the most evolutionarily persistent and successful designs. Over the past several decades, a progression has occurred in gelatinous zooplankton ecology from the sub-organismal to the ecosystem-level and beyond. Certainly, gelatinous zooplankton are no longer ecologically under-appreciated, and the tools and techniques used to study these enigmatic organisms are catching up to mainstream marine ecology. Research in this field is expanding at an exhilarating pace, and the linkages explored in this meeting are not better exemplified than within the gelatinous zooplankton. This talk will examine the breadth of emerging research areas of gelatinous zooplankton ecology from the molecular to the global ocean, and within the context of linkages to molecular approaches, fisheries implications, landscape ecology and socio-politics.