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Project: Unravelling biodiversity and zooplankton feeding preferences in one of the last blind spots of the Arctic Ocean

The food webs of many parts of the Arctic Ocean are not well characterized. This project will study the abundance and feeding preferences of small animal plankton called zooplankton. These small animals are key ecosystem components since they feed on phytoplankton and are themselves the most important prey items for small fish.

Project information

Project manager
Samuel Hylander
Project participants at Linnaeus University
Emma Svahn, Janina Rahlff
External participants
Nicole Hildebrandt, Barbara Niehoff , Fokje Schaafsma, Pauline Snoeijs
Linnaeus University
1 jan 2021- 1 jan 2022
Ecology (Department of Biology and Environmental Science, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)
Research group
Food web ecology
Linnaeus Knowledge Environment

More about the project

The biodiversity and zooplankton feeding have been studied in some areas of the Central Arctic Ocean but the area from north Greenland up to the North Pole is largely a blind spot in our understanding. This work package will provide first recorded estimates of zooplankton biodiversity and feeding preferences in this area. It will also quantify the northward expansion of North Atlantic and Pacific zooplankton species during a climate change scenario. Hence, in all this will result in first recorded estimates of zooplankton biodiversity and food web linkages in this under-studied area of the Central Arctic Ocean providing a base for an ecosystem-based assessment of productivity and biodiversity of this area.

The project is part of the research in the research group Food web ecology, in Linnaeus University Centre for Ecology and Evolution in Microbial model Systems (EEMiS) and in Linnaeus Knowledge Environment: Water