The aim of this project is to investigate if scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of pelagic gastropod shells can be used as a tool to assess the impacts of ocean acidification (OA) on the plankton community in the North Sea. This will be achieved using samples collected during 2015 as well as archived zooplankton samples from monthly 68μm plankton net samples and environmental/OA data collected at the Marine Scotland Science (MSS) monitoring site at Stonehaven on the east coast of Scotland between 2009 and 2014.
The main objectives are:
Limacina spp. one of the target groups for the project.