Zooplankton play a pivotal role in polar, temperate, and tropical marine ecosystems as well as in global biogeochemical cycles. They function as prey for commercially harvested fish, as grazers of primary production, and as drivers of carbon and nutrient cycles. Their population and community dynamics – including their growth, mortality, distribution, and diversity – structure the ecosystem.
Zooplankton species may be target to commercial harvesting such as Antarctic krill and other midwater species. At the same time, a changing environment influences their dynamics. Climate change is profoundly impacting marine ecosystems through changes in zooplankton. A combination of new technologies and techniques, together with classical in situ and laboratory studies, is required to understand changing ecosystems. In response to the need to understand zooplankton dynamics, their sensitivity to change, and the resulting effects on ecosystems, ICES and PICES are holding the 6th International Zooplankton Production Symposium as a forum to discuss zooplankton and their role in the global ecosystem.
Piotr Margonski, Chair of the Awards Committee, presenting awards to the early career scientists. Left to right: Carolyn L Faithfull, Michael Blackett, Ana Luisa Moran Ahern, and Helena Hauss with her son on her shoulders. Hal Batchelder who led the Closing Ceremony in the background.
Michael Blackett, National Oceanography Centre Southampton & Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, UK Biology and ecology of the siphonophore Muggiaea atlantica in the northeast AtlanticHelena Hauss, GEOMAR, Germany Dead zone or oasis in the open ocean? Zooplankton distribution and migration in low-oxygen mode water eddies
Ana Luisa Moran Ahern, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USAMonitoring Spawning Activity in Cabo Pulmo National Park Using Molecular Identification of Fish Eggs and LarvaeCarolyn L Faithfull, University of Hawaii, USA Can nauplii use bacteria as a phosphorus or energy source?
Photo: Ørnulf Opdahl
Atsushi Tsuda (PICES/AORI, Japan)
Astthor Gislason (ICES/MRI, Iceland)
Padmini Dalpadado (IMR, Norway)
Se-Jong Ju (PICES/KIOST, Republic of Korea)
Desiree Tommasi (PICES/NOAA-PU, USA)
Piotr Margonski (ICES/NMFRI, Poland)
Lidia Yebra (ICES/IEO, Spain)
Petter Fossum (IMR, Norway)
Solveig Thuland (IMR, Norway)