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  1. Carbon export by vertically migrating zooplankton

    Hansen, Agnethe Nøhr; Visser, André W.

    2016-01-01

    the active transport of carbon by different size fractions of the migrating zooplankton population as function of time and space. The approach is motivated by the difficulty in incorporating behavioral aspects of carbon transport into large scale carbon budgets of the world's oceans. The results show......Through diel vertical migration (DVM), zooplankton add an active transport to the otherwise passive sinking of detrital material that constitutes the biological pump. This active transport has proven difficult to quantify. We present a model that estimates both the temporal and depth characteristic...

  2. Diel vertical migration of zooplankton at the S1 biogeochemical mooring revealed from acoustic backscattering strength

    Inoue, Ryuichiro; Kitamura, Minoru; Fujiki, Tetsuichi

    2016-02-01

    We examined the diel vertical migration of zooplankton by using the backscatter strength obtained from moored acoustic Doppler current profilers at mooring site S1 in the North Pacific subtropical gyre. There was seasonal variability in the vertical distribution and migration of the high-backscatter layers in that they became deeper than the euphotic zone (biomass, the accuracy of biomass estimates based on net samples could be influenced by the high temporal variability of zooplankton distributions.

  3. Twilight vertical migrations of zooplankton in a Chilean fjord

    Valle-Levinson, Arnoldo; Castro, Leonardo; Cáceres, Mario; Pizarro, Oscar

    2014-12-01

    Time series of acoustic backscatter and vertical velocity profiles were obtained at three sites along a Chilean fjord with the purpose of determining dominant structures of vertical migrations of the sound scattering layer. Ancillary data obtained with stratified net samples indicated that the sound scattering layer may have been dominated by euphausiids and decapods. Therefore, distributions of acoustic backscatter anomalies and vertical velocities were attributed to vertical migrations of predominantly these organisms. Migration patterns were dominated by twilight excursions in which organisms swam toward the water surface at sunset, spent 100 m). This migration strategy can also be termed 'semidiel migration' as two double excursions were linked to light levels. The reasons for this twilight migration remain uncertain. But it is possible that the up and down motion around sunset was related to predation avoidance, hunger-satiation state, ontogeny, seaward transport evasion, or reaction to the environmental shock from the pycnocline, or a combination of all or some of them. In contrast, the sunrise double excursion was probably linked to feeding requirements by organisms that need to spend the day at great depth with no food available. This study demonstrated the existence of semidiel patterns throughout the fjord and through prolonged periods. In addition, identification of this pattern by acoustic backscatter was complemented by direct vertical velocity measurements. It is proposed that twilight vertical migration is a common strategy in Chilean fjords.

  4. Zooplankton vertical distribution and migration off Central Peru in relation to the oxygen minimum layer

    Criales-Hernández, M. I.; Schwamborn, R.; Graco, M.; Ayón, P.; Hirche, H.-J.; Wolff, M.

    2008-03-01

    Vertical distribution and diel vertical migration of a zooplankton community were studied at two stations off Central Peru in April 2006. Zooplankton was collected at five depth strata by vertical hauls with Hydo-Bios multinet (300-μm mesh, 0.25-m2 mouth size). The zooplankton community was distributed in relation to a strong, shallow oxycline (1 ml l-1 oxygen isopleth generally above 36 m). The highest total abundance was always in the upper, well-oxygenated layer. The most important species were: Acartia tonsa (72.86%), Centropages brachiatus (7.5%), and Paracalanus parvus (3.1%); Acartia tonsa was the dominant species at all times. Larvae of the polychaete Magelona sp. (7.5%) and larvae of the brachiopod Discinisca lamellosa (3.5%) were numerically dominant in April and small copepods e.g. Oncaea venusta (3.88%) were numerically dominant during August. Five distinct patterns of vertical distribution and migration in relation to the oxygen minimum layer were distinguished in this study: (1) Ontogenetic vertical migration through the oxycline ( Acartia tonsa adults, nauplii, and copepodids), (2) permanent limitation to layers above the oxycline (e.g. Oikopleura sp., most invertebrate larvae), (3) distribution mostly below the oxycline with occasional migration into the layers just above the oxycline ( Eucalanus inermis), (4) Diel Vertical Migration ( Centropages brachiatus), and (5) reverse Diel Vertical Migration (larvae of the polychaete Magelona sp.).

  5. Tidal Influence on the Diel Vertical Migration Pattern of Zooplankton in a Tropical Monsoonal Estuary

    Vineetha, G.

    2015-04-03

    Monsoonal estuaries, located along the coastline of the Indian subcontinent, differ from other estuaries by their time dependence on the salinity characteristics. Effective sustenance and retention of the mesozooplankton community in the estuarine habitats is often determined by their dominant behavioral patterns: diel vertical migration (DVM) and tidal vertical migration (TVM). The modes of these endogenous rhythms often vary among estuaries based on the river runoff and tidal characteristics. The present study is a pioneering attempt to depict the vertical migration pattern of zooplankton along a diel and tidal scale in a tropical, microtidal, monsoonal estuary. We observed that in spite of the prominent asymmetry in the magnitude of the river runoff between the seasons, most of the zooplankton groups exhibited strong DVM, with a clear increase in biomass and abundance in surface waters during night. The peak increase in biomass and abundance at night always synchronized with the slack periods in the tidal cycles, which differed from the general concepts of downward migration during ebb tide and upward migration during flood tide in estuarine systems. The weak currents during the slack period might have favored the effective vertical migration of the mesozooplankton community in this monsoonal estuarine system. © 2015 Society of Wetland Scientists

  6. Zooplankton diel vertical migration and contribution to deep active carbon flux in the NW Mediterranean

    Isla, Alejandro; Scharek, Renate; Latasa, Mikel

    2015-03-01

    The diel vertical migration (DVM) of zooplankton contributes to the biological pump transporting material from surface to deep waters. We examined the DVM of the zooplankton community in different size fractions (53-200 μm, 200-500 μm, 500-1000 μm, 1000-2000 μm and > 2000 μm) during three cruises carried out in the open NW Mediterranean Sea. We assessed their metabolic rates from empirical published relationships and estimated the active fluxes of dissolved carbon to the mesopelagic zone driven by migrant zooplankton. Within the predominantly oligotrophic Mediterranean Sea, the NW region is one of the most productive ones, with a seasonal cycle characterized by a prominent spring bloom. The study area was visited at three different phases of the seasonal cycle: during the spring bloom, the post-bloom, and strongly stratified oligotrophic conditions. We found seasonal differences in DVM, less evident during the bloom. Changes in DVM intensity were related to the composition of the zooplanktonic assemblage, which also varied between cruises. Euphausiids appeared as the most active migrants in all seasons, and their life cycle conditioned the observed pattern. Immature stages, which are unable to perform large diel vertical movements, dominated during the bloom, in contrast to the higher relative importance of migrating adults in the other two sampling periods. The amount of dissolved carbon exported was determined by the migrant zooplankton biomass, being highest during the post-bloom (2.2 mmol C respired m- 2 d- 1, and up to 3.1 mmol C exported m- 2 d- 1 when DOC release estimations are added). The active transport by diel migrants represented a substantial contribution to total carbon export to deep waters, especially under stratified oligotrophic conditions, revealing the importance of zooplankton in the biological pump operating in the study area.

  7. Biomixing due to diel vertical migrations of zooplankton: Comparison of computational fluid dynamics model with observations

    Dean, Cayla; Soloviev, Alexander; Hirons, Amy; Frank, Tamara; Wood, Jon

    2016-02-01

    Recent studies (Dewar et al., 2006; Wilhelmus and Dabiri, 2014) suggest that diel vertical migrations (DVM) of zooplankton (or other migrating organisms) may have an impact on ocean mixing, though details are not completely clear. Zooplankton that undergo DVM can have an impact on oil transport through the water column, and oil and dispersants can have a negative or even lethal effect on the organisms. Kunze et al. (2006) reported an increase of dissipation rate of turbulent kinetic energy, ε, by four to five orders of magnitude during DVM of zooplankton over background turbulence in Saanich Inlet, British Columbia, Canada. However, the effect was not observed in the same area by Rousseau et al. (2010) and was later reassessed by Kunze (2011). In our work, an 11-month data set obtained in the Straits of Florida with a bottom-mounted acoustic Doppler current profiler revealed strong sound scattering layers undergoing DVM. We used a 3-D non-hydrostatic computational fluid dynamics model with Lagrangian particle injections (a proxy for migrating organisms) via a discrete phase model to simulate the effect of turbulence generation by DVM. We tested a range of organism concentrations from 1000 to 10,000 organisms/m3 based on measurements by Greenlaw (1979) and Mackie and Mills (1983) in Saanich Inlet. At a concentration close to the upper limit, the simulation showed an increase in ε by two to three orders of magnitude during DVM over background turbulence, 10-9 W kg-1. At a concentration of 1000 organisms/m3, almost no turbulence above the background level was produced in the model. These results suggest that the Kunze et al. (2006) observations could have been performed at a larger concentration of migrating zooplankton than those reported by Rousseau et al. (2010). No exact zooplankton concentrations data were provided in either work. The difference between observations and the model can, in part, be explained by the fact that Kunze et al. (2006) measured instantaneous profiles of ε, while the model results on ε were averaged horizontally over the 50 m by 50 m domain. In the Straits of Florida, we observed a small decrease in northward current velocity profiles during migration times after averaging over 11 months of observations. The computational fluid dynamics model reproduced this decrease of current velocity due to turbulence generated by DVM in the Straits of Florida model case. The deviations in the velocity profiles can be explained by the increase in turbulent mixing during vertical migration periods. Comparison of observational data to the model results was complicated by physical factors such as tides, Florida Current meandering, etc., which may have a stronger effect on current velocity profiles than DVM.

  8. Diel vertical migration of predators (planktivorous fish larvae and prey (zooplankton in a tropical lagoon

    Marcos Marques Mendona

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Based on the hypothesis that diel vertical migration (DVM is a mechanism of predator avoidance, the objective of the present study was to test for the occurrence of DVM in planktivorous fish larvae of Hypophthalmus edentatus (Spix, 1829 (Siluriformes, Pimelodidae and Plagioscion squamosissimus (Heckel, 1840 (Perciformes, Sciaenidae, and zooplankton (rotifers, cladocerans and copepods in an isolated tropical lagoon in the floodplain of the Upper Paran River, Brazil (region of Parque Nacional de Ilha Grande. We investigated spatial overlap between predators (planktivorous fish larvae and prey (zooplankton, and tested which physical and chemical variables of the water are related to the DVM of the studied communities. We performed nocturnal (8:00 pm and 4:00 am and diurnal sampling (8:00 am and 4:00 pm in the limnetic region of the lagoon for six consecutive months, from October 2010 to March 2011, which comprises the reproductive period of the fish species analyzed. During the day the larvae tried to remain aggregated in the bottom of the lagoon, whereas at night they tried to disperse in the water column. Especially for cladocerans, the diel vertical migration is an important behavior to avoid predation larvae of H. edentatus and P. squamosissimus once decreased spatial overlap between secured and its potential predators, which corroborates the hypothesis that DVM is a mechanism of predator avoidance. Although significant correlations were observed between the abiotic factors and WMD of microcrustaceans at certain times of day, the effect of predation of fish larvae on zooplankton showed more important in this environment, because the small depth and isolation not allow great variation of abiotic factors seasonally and between strata the lagoon.

  9. Tidal influence on the diel vertical migration pattern of zooplankton in a tropical monsoonal Estuary

    Vineetha, G.; Jyothibabu, R.; Madhu, N.V.; Kusum, K.K.; Sooria, P.M.; Shivaprasad, A.; Reny, P.D.; Deepak, M.P.

    habitats is often determined by their dominant behavioral patterns: diel vertical migration (DVM) and tidal vertical migration (TVM). The modes of these endogenous rhythms often vary among estuaries based on the river runoff and tidal characteristics...

  10. Evidence for tidally-induced vertical migration of some gelatinous zooplankton in the Wadden Sea area near Sylt

    Kopacz, U.

    1994-06-01

    Gelatinous zooplankton is more abundant in the Wadden Sea area of North Sylt than in the adjacent North Sea. The hypothesis is tested that medusae maintain their position in the North Sylt Wadden Sea by ascending to the surface at flood tides and descending to the bottom during ebb tides, thus avoiding the strong ebb currents which could carry them out of this food-rich area. Surface sampling at a main tidal channel revealed great differences between high tide and low tide abundances of five species of medusae in the surface layer. Rathkea octopunctata, Sarsia tubulosa, Eucheilota macultata and Pleurobrachia pileus were all more abundant around high tide than during low tide. Bongo net sampling in different depth layers revealed that Pleurobrachia pileus, Bougainvillia ramosa and Eucheilota maculata showed a preference for the surface layers around high tide, whereas most of the individuals were found in the deepest layer around low tide. The results suggest tidally-induced vertical migration of medusae in tidal channels. This may assist maintenance of the populations in the Wadden Sea area near Sylt.

  11. Seasonal cross-shelf distribution of major zooplankton taxa on the northern Gulf of Alaska shelf relative to water mass properties, species depth preferences and vertical migration behavior

    Coyle, Kenneth O.; Pinchuk, Alexei I.

    2005-01-01

    The cross-shelf distribution of major zooplankton species was examined on the northern Gulf of Alaska (GOA) shelf during the production season for four years, between October 1997 and October 2001. The zooplankton community on the northern GOA shelf consisted of oceanic and neritic species of the North Pacific subarctic species complex. Cross-shelf distribution of the major zooplankton species was influenced by their depth preferences, vertical migration behavior, salinity-temperature preferences, and by cross-shelf water-mass distribution and movement. The neritic community, dominated by Pseudocalanus spp., Metridia pacifica and Calanus marshallae, had highest abundances on the inner shelf, in the Alaska Coastal Current, and in the adjacent fjords in late spring and early summer. The oceanic community, which contained primarily Neocalanus cristatus and Eucalanus bungii, was observed in the Alaskan Stream and adjacent waters near the shelf break. A mid-shelf transition zone contained a mixture of oceanic and neritic species. Prince William Sound (PWS) contained a unique species complex of large mesopelagic copepods, amphipods and shrimp. Neocalanus flemingeri and Oithona similis were abundant in all four regions during spring and early summer. The transition zone commonly crossed much of the shelf between the shelf break and the ACC, but satellite images and CTD data indicate that occasionally a narrow shelf-break front can form, in which case distinct zooplankton species groups are observed on either side of the front. Satellite data also revealed numerous large and small eddies, which probably contribute to cross-shelf mixing in the transition zone.

  12. Diel vertical migration patterns of three zooplankton populations in a Chilean lake Patrones de migración vertical de tres poblaciones de zooplancton en un lago chileno

    RODRIGO RAMOS-JILIBERTO; JOSÉ L. CARVAJAL; MAURICIO CARTER; LUIS R. ZÚÑIGA

    2004-01-01

    In this work we analyzed the depth-distribution, at noon and midnight, of three zooplankton populations which are common inhabitants of lakes from central Chile and coexist in lake El Plateado. The species were Tumeodiaptomus diabolicus, Diaphanosoma chilense and Bosmina longirostris. Also, we analyzed the association between the depth-specific abundances of the groups and the depth-specific temperature and oxygen values during the sampling period. Our results show that: (1) the three populat...

  13. Vertical distribution of zooplankton in the epipelagic zone off Sharm El-Sheikh, Red Sea, Egypt

    Mahnoud Hassan Hanafi

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the present study was to track the seasonal vertical distribution of zooplankton abundance in the epipelagic zone off Sharm El-Sheikh, Red Sea. Zooplankton samples were collected seasonally within the depth ranges of 0-25, 25-50, 50-75, 75-100 m at a single station off Sharm El-Sheikh City. The present study is a trial to expand knowledge about the structure as well as the vertical distribution of the epipelagic zooplankton community in the Gulf of Aqaba in general and in its southern part in particular. The results indicate the occurrence of 52 copepod species and several species of other planktonic groups in the study area; the zooplankton standing crop fluctuated between 1124 and 4952 organisms m-3. Copepods appeared to be the predominant component, forming an average of 86.5% of the total zooplankton count, and with other groups demonstrated a markedly different seasonal vertical distribution. Twelve bathypelagic copepod species were reported during the present study, and five species were new to the area, having migrated northwards from the main basin of the Red Sea.

  14. Vertical distribution of zooplankton: density dependence and evidence for an ideal free distribution with costs

    Lampert Winfried

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In lakes with a deep-water algal maximum, herbivorous zooplankton are faced with a trade-off between high temperature but low food availability in the surface layers and low temperature but sufficient food in deep layers. It has been suggested that zooplankton (Daphnia faced with this trade-off distribute vertically according to an "Ideal Free Distribution (IFD with Costs". An experiment has been designed to test the density (competition dependence of the vertical distribution as this is a basic assumption of IFD theory. Results Experiments were performed in large, indoor mesocosms (Plankton Towers with a temperature gradient of 10°C and a deep-water algal maximum established below the thermocline. As expected, Daphnia aggregated at the interface between the two different habitats when their density was low. The distribution spread asymmetrically towards the algal maximum when the density increased until 80 % of the population dwelled in the cool, food-rich layers at high densities. Small individuals stayed higher in the water column than large ones, which conformed with the model for unequal competitors. Conclusion The Daphnia distribution mimics the predictions of an IFD with costs model. This concept is useful for the analysis of zooplankton distributions under a large suite of environmental conditions shaping habitat suitability. Fish predation causing diel vertical migrations can be incorporated as additional costs. This is important as the vertical location of grazing zooplankton in a lake affects phytoplankton production and species composition, i.e. ecosystem function.

  15. Efecto de la zona de mínimo oxígeno sobre la migración vertical de zooplancton gelatinoso en la bahía de Mejillones The effect of the oxygen minimum zone on vertical migration of gelatinous zooplankton in Mejillones Bay

    Pedro Apablaza

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Se analizó la distribución estacional y migración vertical de zooplancton gelatinoso colectado en la bahía de Mejillones. Se identificaron 39 especies distribuidas en 14 de hidromedusas, 20 de sifonóforos y 5 de quetognatos. Las especies dominantes fueron Obelia spp., Liriope tetraphylla, Solmundella bitentaculata, Rophalonema velatum, Muggiaea atlantica, Sphaeronectes gracilis, Sagitta enfiata y S. bierii, las que presentaron un estrecho rango de distribución vertical y migración nictimeral, debido a la infiuencia de la Zona de Mínimo Oxígeno (ZMO (The seasonal distribution and vertical migration of gelatinous zooplankton collected in Mejillones Bay was analyzed. The 39 species identified included 14 hydromedusae, 20 siphonophores, and 5 chaetognates. The dominant species were Obelia spp., Liriope tetraphylla, Solmundella bitentaculata, Rophalonema velatum, Muggiaea atlantica, Sphaeronectes gracilis, Sagitta enfiata, and S. bierii. Their vertical distribution and nictimeral migration ranges were narrow due to the infiuence of the Oxygen Minimum Zone (OMZ (< 1 mL·L-1, whose upper limit was quite shallow (25-50 m. In spring, the majority of the dominant species presented nictimeral movements due to the greater oxygenation of the water column. On the other hand, in summer, when the thermocline was more intense, and in winter, when the OMZ neared the surface, the majority of the dominant species showed no changes in their vertical distribution throughout the daily cycle. Obelia spp. had a shallow distribution, related principally to the presence of the thermocline. R. velatum, however, was well adapted to the scant dissolved oxygen in the OMZ

  16. Spectral sensitivity of vertically migrating marine copepods.

    Cohen, Jonathan H; Forward, Richard B

    2002-12-01

    Light is a critical factor in the proximate basis of diel vertical migration (DVM) in zooplankton. A photobehavioral approach was used to examine the spectral sensitivity of four coastal species of calanoid copepod, representing a diversity of DVM patterns, to test whether species that migrate (nocturnal or reverse DVM) have response spectra that differ from non-migratory surface dwellers. The following species were given light stimuli at wavelengths from 350 to 740 nm, and their photoresponses were measured: Centropages typicus (nocturnal migrator), Calanopia americana (nocturnal migrator), Anomalocera ornata (reverse migrator), and Labidocera aestiva (non-migrator). Centropages typicus and A. ornata had peak responses at 500 and 520 nm, respectively, while Calanopia americana had maximum responses at 480 and 520 nm. Thus, the species that undergo DVM have peak photobehavioral responses at wavelengths corresponding to those available during twilight in coastal water, although the range of wavelengths to which they respond is variable. Non-migratory surface-dwelling L. aestiva had numerous response peaks over a broad spectral range, which may serve to maximize photon capture for vision in their broad-spectrum shallow-water habitat. PMID:12480721

  17. A hybrid numerical-experimental study of fluid transport by migrating zooplankton aggregations

    Martinez, Monica; Dabiri, John; Nawroth, Janna; Gemmell, Brad; Collins, Samantha

    2014-11-01

    Zooplankton aggregations that undergo diel vertical migrations have been hypothesized to play an important role in local nutrient transport and global ocean dynamics. The degree of the contributions of these naturally occurring events ultimately relies on how efficiently fluid is transported and eventually mixed within the water column. By implementing solutions to the Stokes equations, numerical models have successfully captured the time-averaged far-field flow of self-propelled swimmers. However, discrepancies between numerical fluid transport estimates and field measurements of individual jellyfish suggest the need to include near-field effects to assess the impact of biomixing in oceanic processes. Here, we bypass the inherent difficulty of modeling the unsteady flow of active swimmers while including near-field effects by integrating experimental velocity data of zooplankton into our numerical model. Fluid transport is investigated by tracking a sheet of artificial fluid particles during vertical motion of zooplankton. Collective effects are addressed by studying different swimmer configurations within an aggregation from the gathered data for a single swimmer. Moreover, the dependence of animal swimming mode is estimated by using data for different species of zooplankton.

  18. The variations of zooplankton biomass and their migration associated with the Yellow Sea Warm Current

    Lü, Lian-Gang; Wang, Xiao; Wang, Huiwu; Li, Laoyu; Yang, Guangbing

    2013-08-01

    Multidisciplinary oceanographic investigations were carried out in the southern Yellow Sea (YS) from December 2006 to February 2007. The ship-based investigations provided spatial distributions of temperature, salinity, and zooplankton. The horizontal distributions of temperature and salinity indicate the location of the Yellow Sea Warm Current (YSWC), and the net-sampling results display low biomass of zooplankton in the YSWC area. The mooring observations show the temporal variability of the current, bottom temperature, and volume backscattering strength (Sv) at the mooring sites. The current and bottom temperature records illustrate the process of the arrival of the warm water advected by the YSWC. The time series of Sv measured with acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs) indicate a distinct change in the diel vertical migration (DVM) pattern of the zooplankton. This change is associated with the arrival of the warm water. Our investigation suggests that the transport of low-biomass water by the YSWC causes the zooplankton biomass in the study area to decrease. The YSWC also causes the DVM to change due to enhanced vertical mixing.

  19. Feeding and distribution of zooplankton in the desalinated ``lens'' in the Kara Sea: Impact of the vertical salinity gradient

    Pasternak, A. F.; Drits, A. V.; Abyzova, G. A.; Semenova, T. N.; Sergeeva, V. M.; Flint, M. V.

    2015-11-01

    The feeding rates and distribution of dominant zooplankton in the area of the Kara Sea "lens" (upper desalinated layer) were studied in August 2014. Zooplankton abundance was low along the transect across the center of the lens but noticeably increased at the margin of the lens. Calanus glacialis, C. finmarchicus, Oithona similis, and Pseudocalanus spp. dominated among zooplankton, constituting 60-80% of the total biomass. Within the lens area, chlorophyll peaked at a depth of about 10 m, whereas zooplankton was distributed deeper than 30 m, and no diel vertical migrations were recorded. Outside the lens, zooplankton was distributed in the upper mixed layer. Specific daily rations on phytoplankton within the lens area were considerably higher than outside (5-50 and 0.2-6%, respectively). We hypothesized that accumulation of the suspended matter over a sharp density (salinity) gradient contributes to an increase in daily rations. A significant positive correlation between the values of daily ration and salinity gradients was obtained. The grazing impact of zooplankton on the primary production and the phytoplankton biomass was maximum (94 and 8%) at the lens margin, which was due to the combination of high values of zooplankton abundance and daily rations.

  20. Concentrations of 137Cs and trace elements in zooplankton, and their vertical distributions off Rokkasho, Japan

    Zooplankton samples were collected at about 50 m depth with a large ring net (160-cm mouth diameter, 0.5-mm mesh) in May, June, October 2005 and June 2006 off Rokkasho, Japan where a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant will be in full-scale operation in the near future. Plankters in each sample were separated based on their species. Eight samples were used for the determination of 137Cs concentration and the other 21 samples were used for the determination of its stable isotope, Cs along with some other trace elements. All the samples were characterized by five dominant species, i.e. euphausiids, chaetognaths, copepods; Neocalanus spp., amphipods; Themisto spp. and Cyphocaris sp. Plankton samples were also taken at three to five discrete depths between the surface and ≤ 1,000 m in depth during daytime and nighttime for analysis of vertical distribution patterns of biomass, and for assessment of daily vertical migration activity. Integrated net zooplankton biomass at nighttime ranged from 0.85 to 8.74 g-DW m-2 in the 0-150 m layer without any appreciable day-night differences in the vertical distribution; below the layer, it decreased significantly. Only in spring, appreciable day-night differences in the vertical distribution were observed at the shallowest station. Concentrations of Cs and Co did not show significant difference among the five species. However, higher concentrations of Sr were observed in two amphipods. It is likely that amphipods had a different biological process in Sr metabolism from others. The concentration of 137Cs in zooplankton was usually very low and sometimes under the detection limit. In the present study, the highest concentration of 137Cs in zooplankton was 24 mBq kg-WW-1, corresponding to the concentration factor (CF) of 14, if the value of 1.7 mBq L-1 was given to the 137Cs concentration in seawater. The water-column inventory of 137Cs in a zooplankton community is calculated to be 0.29 to 1.95 mBq m-2, based on the data on biomass and concentration of 137Cs. The fraction of the water-column inventory of 137Cs in zooplankton to the total 137Cs was 0.5 - 1.3x10-6. (author)

  1. Trade-offs in the vertical distribution of zooplankton: ideal free distribution with costs?

    Lampert, Winfried; McCauley, Edward; Manly, Bryan F J

    2003-01-01

    Zooplankton vertical migratory patterns are a classic example of optimal habitat choice. We hypothesize that zooplankton distribute themselves vertically in the water column according to an ideal free distribution (IFD) with costs such as to optimize their fitness. In lakes with a deep-water chlorophyll maximum, zooplankton are faced with a trade-off, either experiencing high food (high reproductive potential) but low temperature (slow development) in the hypolimnion or high temperature and l...

  2. Community Structure and Diel Migration of Zooplankton in Shallow Brackish Lakes: Role of Salinity and Predators

    Jensen, Elisabeth; BRUCET SANDRA; Meerhoff, Mariana; NATHANSEN Louise; Jeppesen, Erik

    2009-01-01

    Diel horizontal migration (DHM), where zooplankton moves towards macrophytes during daytime to avoid planktivorous fish, has been reported as a common migration pattern of zooplankton in shallow temperate freshwater lakes. However, in shallow eutrophic brackish lakes, macrophytes seem not to have the same refuge effect, as these lakes may remain turbid even at relatively high macrophyte abundances. To investigate the extent to which macrophytes serve as a refuge for zooplankton at different s...

  3. Vertical distribution of zooplankton: density dependence and evidence for an ideal free distribution with costs

    Lampert Winfried

    2005-01-01

    Abstract Background In lakes with a deep-water algal maximum, herbivorous zooplankton are faced with a trade-off between high temperature but low food availability in the surface layers and low temperature but sufficient food in deep layers. It has been suggested that zooplankton (Daphnia) faced with this trade-off distribute vertically according to an "Ideal Free Distribution (IFD) with Costs". An experiment has been designed to test the density (competition) dependence of the vertical distr...

  4. Diel variations in zooplankton and their biochemical composition from Vengurla to Ratnagiri, west coast of India

    Goswami, S.C.; KrishnaKumari, L.; Shrivastava, Y.

    and exhibit vertical migration. Diel variations in the distribution of estuarine zooplankton1-5 and the biochemical composition of zooplankton from the oceanic waters have been reported6,7. However information on the diel variations of zooplankton... and their biochemical components observed during the present study could be due to the changes in species composition as a result of the vertical migration of zooplankton. References 1 Chandramohan P & Rao T S S, Tidal cycle studies in relation to zooplankton...

  5. Vertical distribution of zooplankton in the water column of Lago Amap, Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil

    Erlei Cassiano Keppeler; Elsa Rodrigues Hardy

    2004-01-01

    The aim of investigation was to study the model of vertical distribution in Lago Amap, taking into consideration the seasonality of its zooplanktonic composition. Lago Amap (102'36"S and 6750'24"W) is located in the floodplain of the Rio Acre. Samplings were conducted at three different depths of the water column, to study the vertical distribution of zooplankton populations and determine some physico-chemical and biological parameters of Lago Amap. Weekly samples were taken with a Van D...

  6. Zooplankton data: Vertical distributions of zooplankton in the Norweigian and Greenland Seas during summer, 1989

    Lane, P.V.Z.; Smith, S.L.; Schwarting, E.M.

    1993-08-01

    Recent studies of zooplankton populations in the Greenland Sea have focused on processes at the Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ) and the areas immediately adjacent to it under the ice and in open water. These studies have shown a relatively short period of intense secondary productivity which is closely linked temporally and spatially to phytoplankton blooms occurring near the ice edge in spring and early summer. During the summer of 1989 we participated in a project focusing on benthic and water column processes in the basins of the Norwegian and Greenland Seas. This study allowed us to compare biological processes at the MIZ with those occurring in the open waters of the Greenland Sea, and to compare processes at both of these locations with those in the Norwegian Sea. The data presented in this report are the results of zooplankton net tows covering the upper 1000 meters of the water column over the Norwegian Sea basin and the Greenland Sea basin, and the upper 500 meters of open water adjacent to the MIZ in the Greenland Sea. Sampling was conducted between 12 and 29 July 1989.

  7. Vertical oceanic transport of alpha-radioactive nuclides by zooplankton fecal pellets

    This paper gives the results of research to explain the role played by marine plankton metabolism in the vertical oceanic transport of the alpha-emitting nuclides. The common Mediterranean euphausiid, Meganyctiphanes norvegica, was selected as the typical zooplanktonic species that is the focus of this work. Measurements of 239240Pu, 238U, 232Th, and 210Po are reported in whole euphausiids and in euphausiid fecal pellets and molts. The resulting data are inserted into a simple model that describes the flux of an element through a zooplanktonic animal. Concentrations of the nuclides concerned are high in fecal pellets, at levels which are typical of geological rather than biological material. It is suggested that zooplanktonic fecal pellets play a significant role in the vertical oceanic transport of plutonium, thorium, and polonium

  8. Diel Vertical Dynamics of Gelatinous Zooplankton (Cnidaria, Ctenophora and Thaliacea) in a Subtropical Stratified Ecosystem (South Brazilian Bight)

    Nogueira Júnior, Miodeli; Brandini, Frederico Pereira; Codina, Juan Carlos Ugaz

    2015-01-01

    The diel vertical dynamics of gelatinous zooplankton in physically stratified conditions over the 100-m isobath (~110 km offshore) in the South Brazilian Bight (26°45’S; 47°33’W) and the relationship to hydrography and food availability were analyzed by sampling every six hours over two consecutive days. Zooplankton samples were taken in three depth strata, following the vertical structure of the water column, with cold waters between 17 and 13.1°C, influenced by the South Atlantic Central Water (SACW) in the lower layer (>70 m); warm (>20°C) Tropical Water in the upper 40 m; and an intermediate thermocline with a deep chlorophyll-a maximum layer (0.3–0.6 mg m-3). Two distinct general patterns were observed, emphasizing the role of (i) physical and (ii) biological processes: (i) a strong influence of the vertical stratification, with most zooplankton absent or little abundant in the lower layer. The influence of the cold SACW on the bottom layer apparently restricted the vertical occupation of most species, which typically inhabit epipelagic warm waters. Even among migratory species, only a few (Aglaura hemistoma, Abylopsis tetragona eudoxids, Beroe sp., Thalia democratica, Salpa fusiformis) crossed the thermocline and reached the bottom layer. (ii) A general tendency of partial migrations, with variable intensity depending on the different species and developmental stages; populations tended to be more widely distributed through the water column during daylight, and to become more aggregated in the upper layer during the night, which can be explained based on the idea of the “hunger-satiation hypothesis”, maximizing feeding and minimizing the chances of being predated. PMID:26637179

  9. Diel Vertical Dynamics of Gelatinous Zooplankton (Cnidaria, Ctenophora and Thaliacea) in a Subtropical Stratified Ecosystem (South Brazilian Bight).

    Nogueira Júnior, Miodeli; Brandini, Frederico Pereira; Codina, Juan Carlos Ugaz

    2015-01-01

    The diel vertical dynamics of gelatinous zooplankton in physically stratified conditions over the 100-m isobath (~110 km offshore) in the South Brazilian Bight (26°45'S; 47°33'W) and the relationship to hydrography and food availability were analyzed by sampling every six hours over two consecutive days. Zooplankton samples were taken in three depth strata, following the vertical structure of the water column, with cold waters between 17 and 13.1°C, influenced by the South Atlantic Central Water (SACW) in the lower layer (>70 m); warm (>20°C) Tropical Water in the upper 40 m; and an intermediate thermocline with a deep chlorophyll-a maximum layer (0.3-0.6 mg m-3). Two distinct general patterns were observed, emphasizing the role of (i) physical and (ii) biological processes: (i) a strong influence of the vertical stratification, with most zooplankton absent or little abundant in the lower layer. The influence of the cold SACW on the bottom layer apparently restricted the vertical occupation of most species, which typically inhabit epipelagic warm waters. Even among migratory species, only a few (Aglaura hemistoma, Abylopsis tetragona eudoxids, Beroe sp., Thalia democratica, Salpa fusiformis) crossed the thermocline and reached the bottom layer. (ii) A general tendency of partial migrations, with variable intensity depending on the different species and developmental stages; populations tended to be more widely distributed through the water column during daylight, and to become more aggregated in the upper layer during the night, which can be explained based on the idea of the "hunger-satiation hypothesis", maximizing feeding and minimizing the chances of being predated. PMID:26637179

  10. Seasonal variations in vertical migration of glacier lanternfish, Benthosema glaciale

    Dypvik, Eivind

    2012-06-05

    The seasonal variations in glacier lanternfish (Benthosema glaciale) vertical distribution and diel vertical migration (DVM) were studied by use of a bottom-mounted upward-facing 38 kHz echo sounder deployed at 392 m depth and cabled to shore in Masfjorden (~6052?N, ~524?E), Norway. Acoustic data from July 2007-October 2008 were analyzed, and scattering layers below ~220 m during daytime were attributed to glacier lanternfish based on net sampling in this, and previous studies, as well as from analysis of the acoustic data. At these depths, three different diel behavioral strategies were apparent: normal diel vertical migration (NDVM), inverse DVM (IDVM), and no DVM (NoDVM). NoDVM was present all year, while IDVM was present in autumn and winter, and NDVM was present during spring and summer. The seasonal differences in DVM behavior seem to correlate with previously established seasonal distribution of prey. We hypothesize that in regions with seasonally migrating zooplankton, such as where calanoid copepods overwinter at depth, similar plasticity in DVM behavior might occur in other populations of lanternfishes. 2012 The Author(s).

  11. Opposing diel migration of fish and zooplankton in the littoral zone of a large lake

    Lorke, Andreas; Weber, Arnd; Hofmann, Hilmar; Peeters, Frank

    2008-01-01

    Backscatter data from an acoustic Doppler current profiler are analyzed to provide simultaneous estimates of relative concentration of Daphnia and relative abundance of young-of-the-year perch in the vicinity of an artificial reef in the littoral zone of Lake Constance. These long-term (3 months) and highresolution (1 h) observations demonstrate the existence of opposing diel migration patterns in fish and zooplankton. According to the data, the migration pattern constrains feeding of young-o...

  12. Dissipation Rate of Turbulent Kinetic Energy in Diel Vertical Migrations: Comparison of ANSYS Fluent Model to Measurements

    Dean, Cayla; Soloviev, Alexander; Hirons, Amy; Frank, Tamara; Wood, Jon

    2015-04-01

    Recent studies suggest that diel vertical migrations of zooplankton may have an impact on ocean mixing, though details are not completely clear. A strong sound scattering layer of zooplankton undergoing diel vertical migrations was observed in Saanich Inlet, British Colombia, Canada by Kunze et al. (2006). In this study, a shipboard 200-kHz echosounder was used to track vertical motion of the sound scattering layer, and microstructure profiles were collected to observe turbulence. An increase of dissipation rate of turbulent kinetic energy by four to five orders of magnitude was measured during diel vertical migrations of zooplankton in one case (but not observed during other cases). A strong sound scattering layer undergoing diel vertical migration was also observed in the Straits of Florida via a bottom mounted acoustic Doppler current profiler at 244 m isobath. A 3-D non-hydrostatic computational fluid dynamics model with Lagrangian particle injections (a proxy for migrating zooplankton) via a discrete phase model was used to simulate the effect of diel vertical migrations on the turbulence for both Saanich Inlet and the Straits of Florida. The model was initialized with idealized (but based on observation) density and velocity profiles. Particles, with buoyancy adjusted to serve as a proxy for vertically swimming zooplankton, were injected to simulate diel vertical migration cycles. Results of models run with extreme concentrations of particles showed an increase in dissipation rate of turbulent kinetic energy of approximately five orders of magnitude over background turbulence during migration of particles in both Saanich Inlet and the Straits of Florida cases (though direct relation of the turbulence produced by buoyant particles and swimming organisms isn't straightforward). This increase was quantitatively consistent, with turbulence measurements by Kunze et al. (2006). When 10 times fewer particles were injected into the model, the effect on dissipation rate of turbulent kinetic energy was an order of magnitude smaller than that from the extreme concentration. At a concentration of particles 100 times smaller than the extreme concentration, there was no longer an observable effect. In the Straits of Florida, direct turbulence measurements were not available to make a quantitative comparison. However, a small, but statistically significant decrease in northward current velocity profiles during migration times were observed after averaging these profiles over 11 months. A small decrease of current velocity connected to the vertical migrations of particles was reproduced in the Straits of Florida model case. The deviations in the velocity profiles can be explained by the increase in turbulent mixing during vertical migration periods.

  13. Vertical migration of radionuclides in undisturbed soils

    Literature data on numerical values obtained for the parameters of the two most popular models for simulating the migration of radionuclides in undisturbed soils have been compiled and evaluated statistically. Parameters evaluated include D (dispersion coefficient) and v (effective convection velocity) of the Convection-Dispersion-Equation and migration rates derived from different approaches (compartment models, repeated measurements, CDE-approaches). Due to restrictions on the applicability of compartmental models, the convection-dispersion equation and its parameter values should be preferred. For temperate environments the data base is sufficiently strong, but for other environments (e.g. Tropics or Arctic) as well as for radionuclides other than caesium data on vertical migration are still scarce. (author)

  14. Vertical migration and diel feeding periodicity of the skinnycheek lanternfish (Benthosema pterotum) in the Red Sea

    Dypvik, Eivind

    2012-11-13

    The vertical migration and diel feeding periodicity of the skinnycheek lanternfish (Benthosema pterotum) were studied by use of a hull-mounted 38 kHz echo sounder, ROV-deployments and net-sampling at two locations (∼24°48′N, ∼36°15′E and ∼21°27′N, ∼38°5′E) in the central Red Sea. The mesopelagic zone of the Red Sea represents an unusual environment with very high temperatures (∼22 °C) and low zooplankton concentrations (<10 individuals m−3 below 600 m). The skinnycheek lanternfish performed normal diel vertical migration from ∼500 to 750 m during daytime to the epipelagic zone (upper ∼200 m) at night. A strict feeding periodicity occurred; with the skinnycheek lanternfish foraging on zooplankton throughout the night, while rapidly digesting the preceding nocturnal meal in the warm mesopelagic region. We hypothesize that the constrained epipelagic distribution of zooplankton and the unusual warm waters of the Red Sea force the whole population to ascend and feed in epipelagic waters every night, as the prey-ration eaten each night is fully digested at mesopelagic depths during daytime.

  15. Diel Vertical Dynamics of Gelatinous Zooplankton (Cnidaria, Ctenophora and Thaliacea) in a Subtropical Stratified Ecosystem (South Brazilian Bight)

    Nogueira Júnior, Miodeli; Brandini, Frederico Pereira; Codina, Juan Carlos Ugaz

    2015-01-01

    The diel vertical dynamics of gelatinous zooplankton in physically stratified conditions over the 100-m isobath (~110 km offshore) in the South Brazilian Bight (26°45’S; 47°33’W) and the relationship to hydrography and food availability were analyzed by sampling every six hours over two consecutive days. Zooplankton samples were taken in three depth strata, following the vertical structure of the water column, with cold waters between 17 and 13.1°C, influenced by the South Atlantic Central Wa...

  16. Internal wave-mediated shading causes frequent vertical migrations in fishes

    Kaartvedt, Stein

    2012-04-25

    We provide evidence that internal waves cause frequent vertical migrations (FVM) in fishes. Acoustic data from the Benguela Current revealed that pelagic scattering layers of fish below ~140 m moved in opposite phases to internal waves, ascending ~20 m towards the wave trough and descending from the wave crest. At the trough, the downward displacement of upper waters and the upward migration of fish created an overlapping zone. Near-bottom fish correspondingly left the benthic boundary zone at the wave trough, ascending into an acoustic scattering layer likely consisting of zooplankton and then descending to the benthic boundary zone at the wave crest. We suggest that this vertical fish migration is a response to fluctuations in light intensity of 3 to 4 orders of magnitude caused by shading from a turbid surface layer that had chlorophyll a values of 3 to 4 mg m−3 and varied in thickness from ~15 to 50 m at a temporal scale corresponding to the internal wave period (30 min). This migration frequency thus is much higher than that of the common and widespread light-associated diel vertical migration. Vertical movements affect prey encounters, growth, and survival. We hypothesize that FVM increase the likelihood of prey encounters and the time for safe visual foraging among planktivorous fish, thereby contributing to efficient trophic transfer in major upwelling areas.

  17. Bacteria dispersal by hitchhiking on zooplankton

    Grossart, Hans-Peter; Dziallas, Claudia; Leunert, Franziska; Tang, Kam W

    2010-01-01

    nonpathogenic bacteria has shown that direct association with zooplankton has significant influences on the bacteria's physiology and ecology. We used stratified migration columns to study vertical dispersal of hitchhiking bacteria through migrating zooplankton across a density gradient that was otherwise...... impenetrable for bacteria in both upward and downward directions (conveyor-belt hypothesis). The strength of our experiments is to permit quantitative estimation of transport and release of associated bacteria: vertical migration of Daphnia magna yielded an average dispersal rate of 1.3 x 10(5) x cells x...

  18. Optimal foraging and diel vertical migration in a life history model

    Sainmont, Julie; Andersen, Ken Haste; Visser, Andre

    Zooplankton such as copepods are known to perform diel vertical migration, avoiding the food rich surface during bright hours to avoid visual predator when they are most dangerous, and returning to the surface to feed at night. The resolution of this foraging behaviour requires fine time scale in...... a safe strategy when food is plentiful, but taking greater risks at low food concentrations. We apply these concepts to high latitude ecosystems where there is a strong seasonal variation in both food availability and day length. Specifically, during the summer, the midnight sun will force the...

  19. Do Daphnia use metalimnetic organic matter in a north temperate lake? An analysis of vertical migration

    Brosseau, Chase Julian; Cline, Timothy J.; Cole, Jonathan J.; Hodgson, James R.; Pace, Michael L.; Weidel, Brian C.

    2012-01-01

    Diel vertical migration of zooplankton is influenced by a variety of factors including predation, food, and temperature. Research has recently shifted from a focus on factors influencing migration to how migration affects nutrient cycling and habitat coupling. Here we evaluate the potential for Daphnia migrations to incorporate metalimnetic productivity in a well-studied northern Wisconsin lake. We use prior studies conducted between 1985 and 1990 and current diel migration data (2008) to compare day and night Daphnia vertical distributions with the depth of the metalimnion (between the thermocline and 1% light depth). Daphnia migrate from a daytime mean residence depth of between about 1.7 and 2.5 m to a nighttime mean residence depth of between 0 and 2.0 m. These migrations are consistent between the prior period and current measurements. Daytime residence depths of Daphnia are rarely deep enough to reach the metalimnion; hence, metalimnetic primary production is unlikely to be an important resource for Daphnia in this system.

  20. Bacteria dispersal by hitchhiking on zooplankton

    Grossart, Hans-Peter; Dziallas, Claudia; Leunert, Franziska; Tang, Kam W.

    2010-01-01

    Microorganisms and zooplankton are both important components of aquatic food webs. Although both inhabit the same environment, they are often regarded as separate functional units that are indirectly connected through nutrient cycling and trophic cascade. However, research on pathogenic and nonpathogenic bacteria has shown that direct association with zooplankton has significant influences on the bacteria's physiology and ecology. We used stratified migration columns to study vertical dispers...

  1. ZOOPLANKTON OF THE FRINGING REEF: SUBSTRATE PREFERENCE OF DEMERSAL ZOOPLANKTON, NON DEMERSAL ZOOPLANKTON IN THE FRINGING REEF ENVIRONMENT, AND THE EFFECTS OF THE LUNAR CYCLE ON ZOOPLANKTON ABUNDANCE

    kobervig, carolyn p

    2009-01-01

    Abstract. Zooplankton is an essential component of every coral reef system, not only because it is the base of many marine food chains, but also because it is an important stage in many marine animals’ life cycles. While by definition plankton is free floating, zooplankton ha been known to move in predictable patterns. This includes a daily diel vertical migration towards the surface at night and back to the depths during the day and fluctuations in abundance over the lunar cycle, usually p...

  2. Diel Vertical Migration Thresholds of Karenia brevis (Dinophyceae).

    Light and nutrient availability change throughout dinoflagellate diel vertical migration (DVM) and/or with subpopulation location in the water column along the west Florida shelf. Typically, the vertical depth of the shelf is greater than the distance a subpopulation can vertical...

  3. Vertical variability of trophic positions of zooplankton in the deep ocean.

    Bode, A.; Mompeán-de-la-Rosa, M.C. (María del Carmen); Álvarez-Ossorio-Costa, M.T. (María Teresa); Fernández de Puelles, M.L.; Echevarría, F.; González-Gordillo, J.I.; Hernández-León, S.; Irigoien, X. (Xabier); Acuña, J. L.

    2015-01-01

    Zooplankton plays a key role in oceanic ecosystems. However, the trophic ecology of organisms in deep layers of the ocean is poorly known. In this study we analyze the variability of trophic positions of zooplankton collected across three ocean basins in the epi-, meso and bathypelagic domains. Stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes were used as indicators of the sources of nutrients and positions within the food web. The enrichment in heavy nitrogen isotopes with depth and the correlation betwe...

  4. Vertical distribution, composition, and abundance of crustacean zooplankton in the offshore waters of Lake Michigan

    During 1975, zooplankton samples were collected on eight cruises (April to November) in the southern basin of Lake Michigan. Four stations in the northern basin were also sampled in January during a cruise aboard the USCGC Westwind. One of the goals of this study was to quantitatively estimate the standing crop of herbivorous crustacean zooplankton in units that would represent their functional roles as consumers of phytoplankton

  5. Dead zone or oasis in the open ocean? Zooplankton distribution and migration in low-oxygen modewater eddies

    Hauss, H.; Christiansen, S.; Schtte, F.; Kiko, R.; Edvam Lima, M.; Rodrigues, E.; Karstensen, J.; Lscher, C. R.; Krtzinger, A.; Fiedler, B.

    2015-11-01

    The eastern tropical North Atlantic (ETNA) features a mesopelagic oxygen minimum zone (OMZ) at approximately 300-600 m depth. Here, oxygen concentrations rarely fall below 40 ?mol O2 kg-1, but are thought to decline in the course of climate change. The recent discovery of mesoscale eddies that harbour a shallow suboxic (copepods, euphausiids), (ii) migration to the shallow OMZ core during daytime, but paying O2 debt at the surface at nighttime (e.g. siphonophores, Oncaea spp., eucalanoid copepods), (iii) residing in the shallow OMZ day and night (e.g. ostracods, polychaetes), and iv) DVM through the shallow OMZ from deeper oxygenated depths to the surface and back. For strategy (i), (ii) and (iv), compression of the habitable volume in the surface may increase prey-predator encounter rates, rendering zooplankton more vulnerable to predation and potentially making the eddy surface a foraging hotspot for higher trophic levels. With respect to long-term effects of ocean deoxygenation, we expect zooplankton avoidance of the mesopelagic OMZ to set in if oxygen levels decline below approximately 20 ?mol O2 kg-1. This may result in a positive feedback on the OMZ oxygen consumption rates, since zooplankton respiration within the OMZ as well as active flux of dissolved and particulate organic matter into the OMZ will decline.

  6. Effects of diel vertical migration on ephippia production in Daphnia

    Alekseev, Victor

    2004-01-01

    Fish presence in experimentally simulated temperature conditions (limno-towers) led to diel vertical migration and resulted in a decrease of ephippia production in Daphnia pulicaria. Diel fluctuation of food, temperature and day length similar to those experienced by migrating Daphnia were tested in laboratory experiments with flow-through-systems. Daphnids were kept under these conditions for 15 days and the proportions of females producing an ephippium were determined. In addition, maturati...

  7. Seasonal dynamics of the vertical migration behaviour of mesopelagic fish

    Staby, Arved

    2010-01-01

    This thesis focuses on the behavioural dynamics of mesopelagic fish in a fjordic environment. Acoustic data recorded with a stationary echosounder was used to primarily investigate the diel vertical migration behaviour of the mesopelagic fish Maurolicus muelleri. Particular emphasis was on the effect of daily and seasonal changes in surface light irradiance and the vertical distribution of large predator-like fish on M. muelleri. In addition the behaviour of the deeper distribu...

  8. Multiple threat responses in zooplankton - from communities to individuals

    Ekvall, Mikael T.

    2015-01-01

    Most organisms on Earth live a life where they are exposed to multiple and variable threats. In order to maximise survival they need to be able to perceive and respond to these threats. Two common threats that crustacean zooplankton are faced with are predation and ultraviolet radiation (UVR). To cope with these threats zooplankton use different strategies such as diel vertical migration and the accumulation of photoprotective compounds. In this thesis I study the threat responses of z...

  9. Vertical instability and inclination excitation during planetary migration

    Voyatzis, G; Tsiganis, K

    2014-01-01

    We consider a two-planet system, which migrates under the influence of dissipative forces that mimic the effects of gas-driven (Type II) migration. It has been shown that, in the planar case, migration leads to resonant capture after an evolution that forces the system to follow families of periodic orbits. Starting with planets that differ slightly from a coplanar configuration, capture can, also, occur and, additionally, excitation of planetary inclinations has been observed in some cases. We show that excitation of inclinations occurs, when the planar families of periodic orbits, which are followed during the initial stages of planetary migration, become vertically unstable. At these points, {\\em vertical critical orbits} may give rise to generating stable families of $3D$ periodic orbits, which drive the evolution of the migrating planets to non-coplanar motion. We have computed and present here the vertical critical orbits of the $2/1$ and $3/1$ resonances, for various values of the planetary mass ratio....

  10. Vertical migration and positioning behavior of copepods in a mangrove estuary: Interactions between tidal, diel light and lunar cycles

    Chew, Li-Lee; Chong, Ving Ching; Ooi, Ai Lin; Sasekumar, A.

    2015-01-01

    Two-hourly zooplankton samplings encompassing tidal (semi-diurnal), diel (24 h), and lunar (4 phases) cycles during the dry (July 2003) and wet (November 2003) monsoon periods were conducted in the Matang estuary to investigate the vertical distribution and behavior of five different groups of copepods (estuarine, euryhaline, marine euryhaline, stenohaline and nocturnal pontellids) in response to the tidal and light regime. Diel vertical migration (DVM) was evident for all copepod groups but the observed patterns differed among species and sampling period (wet or dry and neap or spring tide). Tidally-induced vertical migration (TVM), superimposed by DVM, was observed for estuarine, marine euryhaline and stenohaline copepods but not for euryhaline and nocturnal pontellid copepods. Estuarine copepods tended to ascend during night-flood tide and descent to the bottom during day-ebb tide; this suggests a selective mechanism to penetrate upstream and maintain position in the estuary. In contrast, the marine euryhaline and stenohaline copepods remained at the bottom especially during day-flood tide and ascended into the water column during night-ebb tide; this suggests a selective mechanism to avoid upstream transport. Euryhaline copepods did not respond to tidal advection probably due to their wide range of salinity tolerance, while the large nocturnal pontellid copepods have strong swimming ability. Adaptive vertical migration appears to be a major factor structuring the copepod community in tropical estuaries, and its occurrence in most copepods suggests that neritic marine zooplankton tidally-advected into estuaries and nearshore waters can survive better than previously thought.

  11. Differences in vertical and horizontal distribution of fish larvae and zooplankton, related to hydrography

    Höffle, Hannes; Nash, Richard D. M.; Falkenhaug, Tone; Munk, Peter

    2013-01-01

    Planktonic fish larvae have little influence on their horizontal distribution, while they are able to control their vertical position in the water column. While prey and light are among the factors with an apparent influence on the vertical distribution, the effects of other factors are less clear. Notably, distributional differences between larvae of different fish species are poorly understood. Information on the horizontal distribution of larvae of 27 species and the vertical distribution ...

  12. Differences in vertical and horizontal distribution of fish larvae and zooplankton, related to hydrography

    Höffle, Hannes; Nash, Richard D.M.; Falkenhaug, Tone; Munk, Peter

    2013-01-01

    Planktonic fish larvae have little influence on their horizontal distribution, while they are able to control their vertical position in the water column. While prey and light are among the factors with an apparent influence on the vertical distribution, the effects of other factors are less clea...... conditions. Hence, larvae differed in their distributional patterns, but the relative depth distributions among the species in the larval community generally remained constant......Planktonic fish larvae have little influence on their horizontal distribution, while they are able to control their vertical position in the water column. While prey and light are among the factors with an apparent influence on the vertical distribution, the effects of other factors are less clear....... Notably, distributional differences between larvae of different fish species are poorly understood. Information on the horizontal distribution of larvae of 27 species and the vertical distribution of seven species of Gadidae, two Pleuronectidae and one Scophthalmidae, was compiled from one survey in the...

  13. Reproducing 137Cs vertical migration in Spanish soils - Reproducing 137Cs and 90Sr vertical migration in Spanish mainland

    As a result of caesium's and strontium's activity migration study developed in Spanish mainland soils, there has been obtained convective - diffusive migration equation that will reproduce adequately the movement that an activity deposit would follow in this land. Taking into account the dependence on rain that apparent convection velocity shows, it has been defined a new migration parameter that depends only on soil's properties. By means of a least square method and fitting the migration equation to experimental activity profiles, the values showed by the migration parameters in the studied soils, characteristics of that area, have been obtained. After that, there have been obtained the mean values of these parameters for each defined group that, depending on soil's texture, have been observed in the study performed about the movement of both radionuclides in soils and to whom these soils belong. Using these mean values and obtained equation, it has been properly reproduce those vertical activity profiles that were experimentally determined. In order to validate these values, a new sampling programme is carrying out in the north of Spain and, with obtained new sampling points' information, is going to verify if, indeed, obtained mean values also reproduce these new sampling points' activity vertical profile. (authors)

  14. Vertical Distribution and Migration Patterns of Nautilus pompilius

    Dunstan, Andrew J.; Ward, Peter D; Marshall, N. Justin

    2011-01-01

    Vertical depth migrations into shallower waters at night by the chambered cephalopod Nautilus were first hypothesized early in the early 20th Century. Subsequent studies have supported the hypothesis that Nautilus spend daytime hours at depth and only ascend to around 200 m at night. Here we challenge this idea of a universal Nautilus behavior. Ultrasonic telemetry techniques were employed to track eleven specimens of Nautilus pompilius for variable times ranging from one to 78 days at Osprey...

  15. Vertical distribution and daily migrations of hyperiid amphipods in the northern Benguela in relation to water column stratification

    Cornet, Carme; Gili, Josep-Maria

    1993-11-01

    The vertical distribution and migratory behaviour of hyperiid amphipods were studied in a series of tows carried out during a 48-h sampling period at an oceanic station at the northern edge of the Benguela System during a major penetration by Angola Current waters. A total of 49 species of hyperiid amphipods were collected; of these, Tetrathyrus forcipatus was the most abundant, with densities greater than two individuals per 10 m 3. Vibilia armata, Lestrigonus latissimus, L. bengalensis and Paratyphis promontorii were also highly abundant. During the sampling period most species were concentrated in the uppermost 40 m of the water column, though in other regions the vertical distribution of these same species has been reported to be broader. Only a few species were able to migrate through the thermocline. We hypothesize that both the non-migratory behaviour and the aggregation of individuals and species were caused by two primary factors: the existence of a strong thermocline, which hindered the transit of species to deeper layers, and abundant concentrations of gelatinous zooplankton above the thermocline. Hyperiids and the gelatinous zooplankton, particularly medusae and siphonophores, exhibited a close association during the sampling period, suggesting that hyperiids are able to partition their habitat by using the different medusan and siphonophoran species as specific substrates, thereby reducing interspecific competition.

  16. Vertical distribution of zooplankton in the water column of Lago Amapá, Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil

    Erlei Cassiano Keppeler

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of investigation was to study the model of vertical distribution in Lago Amapá, taking into consideration the seasonality of its zooplanktonic composition. Lago Amapá (10º2'36"S and 67º50'24"W is located in the floodplain of the Rio Acre. Samplings were conducted at three different depths of the water column, to study the vertical distribution of zooplankton populations and determine some physico-chemical and biological parameters of Lago Amapá. Weekly samples were taken with a Van Dorn sampler. The species showed greater concentrations at the by means of water column. Thirty-eight zooplankton species were found in the samples represented by Rotifera (30, Cladocera (5 and Cyclopoida (3. The temperature of the water column showed a tendency toward relatively high values (about 30ºC with little variation, consequently resulting in low viscosity. Based of Jaccard's index, it was seen that during the low-water phase, S1 and S3 of the three sampling stations studied, had greater similarity (Cj = 0.7058 in the middle of the water column. Lago Amapá showed characteristics in line with the intermediate disturbance hypothesis model, favoring colonization by opportunistic species such as rotifers.O objetivo desta investigação foi observar a distribuição vertical da comunidade do zooplâncton no Lago Amapá (10º2'36"S e 67º50'24"W, localizado na planície de inundação do Rio Acre. Amostragens foram conduzidas em três diferentes profundidades da coluna da água, considerando aspectos sazonais do zooplâncton, parâmetros físicos, químicos e biológicos. Coletas foram realizadas semanalmente com Garrafa de Van Dorn. As espécies apresentaram maiores concentrações no meio da coluna da água. Foram encontradas 38 espécies, assim distribuídas: Rotifera (30, Cladocera (5 e Cyclopoida (3. A temperatura da coluna da água em geral apresentou-se alta, em torno de 30ºC, com pequena variação, resultando em baixa viscosidade. O índice de Jaccard, comparando-se as três estações de coletas, demonstrou que durante a fase de águas baixas, as estações 1 e 3 foram as mais similares (Cj = 0.7058, especialmente no meio da coluna da água. Lago Amapá apresentou características em conformidade com o Modelo do Distúrbio Intermediário, favorecendo a colonização de grupos oportunistas, tais como rotíferos.

  17. Inverse vertical migration and feeding in glacier lanternfish (Benthosema glaciale)

    Dypvik, Eivind

    2011-11-08

    A bottom-mounted upward-facing 38-kHz echo sounder was deployed at ~400 m and cabled to shore in Masfjorden (~60 52?N, ~5 24?E), Norway. The scattering layers seen during autumn (September-October) 2008 were identified by trawling. Glacier lanternfish (Benthosema glaciale) were mainly distributed below ~200 m and displayed three different diel behavioral strategies: normal diel vertical migration (NDVM), inverse DVM (IDVM) and no DVM (NoDVM). The IDVM group was the focus of this study. It consisted of 2-year and older individuals migrating to ~200-270 m during the daytime, while descending back to deeper than ~270 m during the night. Stomach content analysis revealed increased feeding during the daytime on overwintering Calanus sp. We conclude that visually searching glacier lanternfish performing IDVM benefit from the faint daytime light in mid-waters when preying on overwintering Calanus sp. 2011 The Author(s).

  18. Diatom vertical migration within land-fast Arctic sea ice

    Aumack, C. F.; Juhl, A. R.; Krembs, C.

    2014-11-01

    Light levels inside first-year, landfast sea ice were experimentally altered by manipulating overlying snow depths. Irradiance available for ice algae growing near the ice-bottom, and under the ice, was highly dependent on snow depths ranging from 0 to > 30 cm. Importantly, algal vertical distributions also changed under different irradiances. Under thick snow (low light), the majority of algae were found several cm above the ice-seawater interface, while progressively more were found nearer the interface at locations with thinner overlying snow (higher light). Short-term field experiments suggested that ice algae were able to reposition themselves within the ice column within 3 days after manipulating snow depths. Laboratory gliding rate measurements of a cultured ice diatom suggested that it is capable of daily cm-scale movement. Vertical migration may help ice diatoms balance opposing light and nutrient resource gradients, similar to strategies used by some benthic and pelagic algae. Moreover, when ice algae congregate near the ice-seawater interface, they may be especially susceptible to loss from the ice environment. Vertical repositioning in response to changing light dynamics may be a mechanism to optimize between vertically-opposing environmental factors and help explain the connection between melting snow cover and export of biomass from sea ice.

  19. Effects of diel vertical migration on ephippia production in Daphnia

    Victor ALEKSEEV

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available Fish presence in experimentally simulated temperature conditions (limno-towers led to diel vertical migration and resulted in a decrease of ephippia production in Daphnia pulicaria. Diel fluctuation of food, temperature and day length similar to those experienced by migrating Daphnia were tested in laboratory experiments with flow-through-systems. Daphnids were kept under these conditions for 15 days and the proportions of females producing an ephippium were determined. In addition, maturation time, survival to maturation, size of the first clutch and female dry weight (without eggs on day 15 were traced. The most important factor affecting ephippia production in migrating Daphnia was photoperiod change, and when mother and embryo are exposed to alternating light conditions, these are thought to have the effect on the mother of acting as a signal to stop ephippia production. Such effects might be explained by the different sensitiveness to light intensity in females carrying an embryo and an embryo itself in broods. Fish presence forced Daphnia to stay in low-light conditions during daytime hours, to avoid attacks by fish. The Daphnia were able to check light intensity constantly by short vertical jumps above a light-threshold that was confirmed experimentally in limno-towers. The dim conditions were possibly light enough for adults to check day length, but were too dark for embryos shaded by the mother's body. Food conditions played a relatively small role in the process, and no effects of temperature on ephippia production were found. As expected, food affected the size of the first clutch, and temperature controlled the time to maturation. Photoperiod had a marginally significant influence on the time to maturation in Daphnia. A hypothesis on the role of photoperiod as the key factor for Daphnia life cyclic recurrence and other seasonal adaptations is proposed.

  20. Vertically averaged approaches for CO 2 migration with solubility trapping

    Gasda, S. E.

    2011-05-20

    The long-term storage security of injected carbon dioxide (CO2) is an essential component of geological carbon sequestration operations. In the postinjection phase, the mobile CO2 plume migrates in large part because of buoyancy forces, following the natural topography of the geological formation. The primary trapping mechanisms are capillary and solubility trapping, which evolve over hundreds to thousands of years and can immobilize a significant portion of the mobile CO2 plume. However, both the migration and trapping processes are inherently complex, spanning multiple spatial and temporal scales. Using an appropriate model that can capture both large- and small-scale effects is essential for understanding the role of these processes on the long-term storage security of CO2 sequestration operations. Traditional numerical models quickly become prohibitively expensive for the type of large-scale, long-term modeling that is necessary for characterizing the migration and immobilization of CO2 during the postinjection period. We present an alternative modeling option that combines vertically integrated governing equations with an upscaled representation of the dissolution-convection process. With this approach, we demonstrate the effect of different modeling choices for typical large-scale geological systems and show that practical calculations can be performed at the temporal and spatial scales of interest. Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.

  1. Vertical distribution and relative abundance of gelatinous zooplankton, in situ observations near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

    Youngbluth, M.; Sørnes, T.; Hosia, A.; Stemmann, L.

    2008-01-01

    Fourteen dives were conducted with the ROVs Aglantha and Bathysaurus to depths of 2335 m along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (42∘52'- 53∘17'N). The most frequently observed gelatinous fauna in order of overall abundance included medusae, ctenophores, siphonophores, appendicularians, and tunicates. All of these animals, except the tunicates, occurred throughout the water column. Their relative abundances differed with depth and location. Identification to species was limited to easily recognized fauna because relatively few gelatinous animals were collected. Each group of gelatinous zooplankton tended to be most numerous in a region just south of the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone. Medusae (mainly Aeginura grimaldii) were the most frequently encountered animals (up to 25 individuals per 100m3). On a vertical scale their abundance peaked from 550 to 800 m and these maxima were consistently within the SAIW and NACWe. In the NACW their densities were notably lower (up 2 individuals per 100m3) and the majority of the population was deeper, ranging from 800 to 1050 m. Ctenophores (mainly Bathocyroe fosteri) were most prominent (as many as 27 individuals per 100m3) in a zone from 300 to 600 m in the NACWe. Appendicularians (primarily oikopleurids) had a broader vertical distribution in all water masses, mainly from 450 to 1000 m. Up to 12 houses per 100m3 were noted in the NACWe, and these estimates are considered to be very conservative. Sorties near the sea floor (as deep as 2100 m) indicated these detritivores were a prominent component (up to 5 houses per 100m3) of the epibenthic macrozooplankton. Siphonophores (mostly calycophorans) reached densities of about 14 colonies per 100m3 in the NACWe and occurred mainly from 300 to 600 m, at most locations. Tunicates (salps and doliolids) were patchy in their distribution and infrequently observed. Salps were numerous (up to 3 solitary individuals per 100m3) at only one location (sta. 50) near the surface. Deep-living doliolids (up to 1 individual per 100m3) appeared from 400 to 500 m at this site and occasionally within the same depth range at most of the other stations.

  2. Effects of net cages on the vertical distribution of zooplankton in a semi-arid reservoir, northeastern Brazil Interferncia de tanques-rede na distribuio vertical do zooplncton num aude do semi-rido, nordeste do Brasil

    Glcia Trinta de Paula Freitas; Maria Cristina Crispim; Hnio do Nascimento de Melo Jnior

    2012-01-01

    AIM: Carneiro reservoir is an aquatic environment used for net cage aquaculture activities, located in the semi-arid region of northeastern Brazil. Vertical distribution was evaluated in order to determine the effects of organic enrichment induced by aquaculture on zooplankton movements. METHODS: three replicate samples were collected during midday and midnight at each of three depths along the water column (i.e. surface: 0 m; middle: 2 m and bottom: 4 m) at two sites (near and far from the n...

  3. Exact solutions in a model of vertical gas migration

    Silin, Dmitriy B.; Patzek, Tad W.; Benson, Sally M.

    2006-06-27

    This work is motivated by the growing interest in injectingcarbon dioxide into deep geological formations as a means of avoidingatmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide and consequent global warming.One of the key questions regarding the feasibility of this technology isthe potential rate of leakage out of the primary storage formation. Weseek exact solutions in a model of gas flow driven by a combination ofbuoyancy, viscous and capillary forces. Different combinations of theseforces and characteristic length scales of the processes lead todifferent time scaling and different types of solutions. In the case of athin, tight seal, where the impact of gravity is negligible relative tocapillary and viscous forces, a Ryzhik-type solution implies square-rootof time scaling of plume propagation velocity. In the general case, a gasplume has two stable zones, which can be described by travelling-wavesolutions. The theoretical maximum of the velocity of plume migrationprovides a conservative estimate for the time of vertical migration.Although the top of the plume has low gas saturation, it propagates witha velocity close to the theoretical maximum. The bottom of the plumeflows significantly more slowly at a higher gas saturation. Due to localheterogeneities, the plume can break into parts. Individual plumes alsocan coalesce and from larger plumes. The analytical results are appliedto studying carbon dioxide flow caused by leaks from deep geologicalformations used for CO2 storage. The results are also applicable formodeling flow of natural gas leaking from seasonal gas storage, or formodeling of secondary hydrocarbon migration.

  4. Vertical distribution and migration patterns of Nautilus pompilius.

    Dunstan, Andrew J; Ward, Peter D; Marshall, N Justin

    2011-01-01

    Vertical depth migrations into shallower waters at night by the chambered cephalopod Nautilus were first hypothesized early in the early 20(th) Century. Subsequent studies have supported the hypothesis that Nautilus spend daytime hours at depth and only ascend to around 200 m at night. Here we challenge this idea of a universal Nautilus behavior. Ultrasonic telemetry techniques were employed to track eleven specimens of Nautilus pompilius for variable times ranging from one to 78 days at Osprey Reef, Coral Sea, Australia. To supplement these observations, six remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dives were conducted at the same location to provide 29 hours of observations from 100 to 800 meter depths which sighted an additional 48 individuals, including five juveniles, all deeper than 489 m. The resulting data suggest virtually continuous, nightly movement between depths of 130 to 700 m, with daytime behavior split between either virtual stasis in the relatively shallow 160-225 m depths or active foraging in depths between 489 to 700 m. The findings also extend the known habitable depth range of Nautilus to 700 m, demonstrate juvenile distribution within the same habitat as adults and document daytime feeding behavior. These data support a hypothesis that, contrary to previously observed diurnal patterns of shallower at night than day, more complex vertical movement patterns may exist in at least this, and perhaps all other Nautilus populations. These are most likely dictated by optimal feeding substrate, avoidance of daytime visual predators, requirements for resting periods at 200 m to regain neutral buoyancy, upper temperature limits of around 25°C and implosion depths of 800 m. The slope, terrain and biological community of the various geographically separated Nautilus populations may provide different permutations and combinations of the above factors resulting in preferred vertical movement strategies most suited for each population. PMID:21364981

  5. Mathematical modeling of cascading migration in a tri-trophic food-chain system

    Samanta, S.; Chowdhury, T; Chattopadhyay, J.

    2013-01-01

    Diel vertical migration is a behavioral antipredator defense that is shaped by a trade-off between higher predation risk in surface waters and reduced growth in deeper waters. The strength of migration of zooplankton increases with a rise in the abundance of predators and their exudates (kairomone). Recent studies span multiple trophic levels, which lead to the concept of coupled vertical migration. The migrations that occur at one trophic level can affect the vertical migration of the next l...

  6. Vertical migration of Cs-137 with soil particles and water-resistant microagregates along with profile

    The process of Cs-137 vertical migration with soil particles and water-resistant microagregates along soil profile have been studied. It have been shown that soil particles and water-resistant microagregates make a substantial calibration into the vertical migration

  7. The imprint of radial migration on the vertical structure of galaxy disks

    Vera-Ciro, Carlos; Navarro, Julio F

    2016-01-01

    We use numerical simulations to examine the effects of radial migration on the vertical structure of galaxy disks. The simulations follow three exponential disks of different mass but similar circular velocity, radial scalelength, and (constant) scale height. The disks develop different non-axisymmetric patterns, ranging from feeble, long-lived multiple arms to strong, rapidly-evolving few-armed spirals. These fluctuations induce radial migration through secular changes in the angular momentum of disk particles, mixing the disk radially and blurring pre-existing gradients. Migration affects primarily stars with small vertical excursions, regardless of spiral pattern. This "provenance bias" largely determines the vertical structure of migrating stars: inward migrators thin down as they move in, whereas outward migrators do not thicken up but rather preserve the disk scale height at destination. Migrators of equal birth radius thus develop a strong scale-height gradient, not by flaring out as commonly assumed, ...

  8. Vertical soil migration of radionuclide fallout from the Chernobyl' accident

    The most suitable model for describing the behavior of radionuclide fallout on a soil surface is quasidiffusion transfer with directional transfer taken into account. The parameter values for this have been determined previously and are supplemented by the results of this work. To investigate the initial radionuclide distribution along the soil profile, monolithic soil samples 5 cm thick were taken in June-September 1986 in areas which had been subjected to contamination due to the Chernobyl' accident. The samples taken were cut up into layers. The first layer, 0.5 cm thick, was cut off from the surface of the soil monolith together with the grass. The next layer cut off was also 0.5 cm thick. Then two layers, each 1 cm in thickness, were cut off. The thickness of the last layer was 2 cm. The vertical distribution of radionuclides along the soil profile which was examined may be called the initial distribution, which will then change due to nonimmediate migration of radionuclides in the soil. Based on the research which has been performed, the following conclusions may be drawn. One portion of the radionuclides resulting from fallout is trapped by plant cover, while the other enters immediately into the soil. For a thick plant covering, about 80% of the radionuclide fallout is sorbed by the grass; for sparse cover, about 40%. The radionuclides entering the soil along with rainwater penetrate into the soil depths, producing contamination which falls off exponentially with depth. The exponent index is close to 1 cm-1. In a forest, the main amount of radionuclide fallout is trapped by litter. Approximately 10% of the contamination fallout penetrates beneath the litter

  9. Potential acidification impacts on zooplankton in CCS leakage scenarios

    Highlights: • Effects of CCS techniques and ocean acidification on zooplankton are under-studied. • Vulnerable zooplankton are meso-, bathypelagic and vertically migrating species. • Impacts include impaired calcification, reproduction, development and survival. • Need for modelling studies combining physico-chemical with ecological impacts. -- Abstract: Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies involve localized acidification of significant volumes of seawater, inhabited mainly by planktonic species. Knowledge on potential impacts of these techniques on the survival and physiology of zooplankton, and subsequent consequences for ecosystem health in targeted areas, is scarce. The recent literature has a focus on anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, leading to enhanced absorption of CO2 by the oceans and a lowered seawater pH, termed ocean acidification. These studies explore the effects of changes in seawater chemistry, as predicted by climate models for the end of this century, on marine biota. Early studies have used unrealistically severe CO2/pH values in this context, but are relevant for CCS leakage scenarios. Little studied meso- and bathypelagic species of the deep sea may be especially vulnerable, as well as vertically migrating zooplankton, which require significant residence times at great depths as part of their life cycle

  10. Vertical migrations of herring, Clupea harengus, larvae in relation to light and prey distribution

    Munk, Peter; Kirboe, Thomas; Christensen, Villy

    1989-01-01

    The influence of light and prey abundance on the vertical distribution of herring larvae was evaluated by three investigations made under calm weather conditions in the North Sea off the Scottish coast. The investigations took place at different time after hatching and the vertical distributions of...... density peaked at the pycnocline (40 m). Larvae concentrated at this depth at noon. At dawn and dusk larvae migrated towards the surface and the vertical distributions fluctuated semidielly. In the two other investigations, copepods were homogeneously distributed in the water column and after migration...

  11. Vertical migration of nuclides seeped from an uranium tailings impoundment

    After 31 year operation of an uranium tailings impoundment, sub-clayey samples beneath its bottom were taken for determining concentration distribution of U, Th and Ra seeped from the impoundment. For fitting nuclide migration, one dimensional convection-dispersion model of nuclide migration in groundwater was applied, and parameters were measured such as particle size of tailings, leaching factor of nuclides from tailings and distribution coefficients of nuclides in sub-clay. Results indicate that fine tailings are the main portion of tailings, and possess higher specific activities and lower leaching factor than coarse tailings. The sub-clay has a strong adsorption ability to nuclides, and distribution coefficients of U, Th and Ra are 62, 1.3 x 103 and 9.8 x 102 mL/g, respectively. The natural and man-made sub-clay layers beneath the impoundment can reduce effectively nuclides seepage and migration. (authors)

  12. Horizontal distribution of Fukushima-derived radiocesium in zooplankton in the northwestern Pacific Ocean

    M. Kitamura

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The magnitude of the 9.0 Tohoku earthquake and the ensuing tsunami on 11 March 2011, inflicted heavy damage on the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant (FNPP1. Fission products were emitted, falling over a broad range in the northern hemisphere, and water contaminated with radionuclides leaked into the ocean. In this study, we described the horizontal distribution of the Fukushima-derived radiocesium in zooplankton and in seawater in the western North Pacific Ocean (500–2100 km from the FNPP1 10 months after the accident. 134Cs and 137Cs were detected in zooplankton and seawater from all the stations. Because of its short half-lives, 134Cs detected in our samples could only be derived from the FNPP1 accident. The highest 137Cs activity in zooplankton was same order of magnitude as that one month after the accident, and average activity was one or two orders of magnitude higher than 137Cs activities observed before the accident around Japan. Horizontally, the radiocesium activity concentrations in zooplankton were high at around 25° N while those in surface seawater were high at around the transition area between the Kuroshio and the Oyashio Currents (36–40° N. We observed subsurface radiocesium maxima in density range of the North Pacific Subtropical Mode Water and occurrence of many diel vertical migratory zooplanktons. These suggested that the high activity concentrations in the subtropical zooplankton at around 25° N were connected to the subsurface radiocesium and active vertical migration of zooplankton. However, the high activity concentrations of radiocesium in subsurface seawater did not necessarily follow the higher radiocesium activity in zooplankton. Biological characteristics of zooplankton community possibly influenced how large was contamination of radiocesium in the community but it is still unknown what kind of biological factors were important.

  13. Horizontal distribution of Fukushima-derived radiocesium in zooplankton in the northwestern Pacific Ocean

    M. Kitamura

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available The magnitude of the 9.0 Tohoku earthquake and the ensuing tsunami on 11 March 2011, inflicted heavy damage on the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant (FNPP1. Fission products were emitted, falling over a broad range in the Northern Hemisphere, and water contaminated with radionuclides leaked into the ocean. In this study, we described the horizontal distribution of the Fukushima-derived radiocesium in zooplankton and in seawater in the western North Pacific Ocean (500–2100 km from the FNPP1 10 months after the accident. 134Cs and 137Cs were detected in zooplankton and seawater from all the stations. Because of its short half-life, the 134Cs detected in our samples could only be derived from the FNPP1 accident. The highest 137Cs activity in zooplankton was the same order of magnitude as it was one month after the accident, and average activity was one or two orders of magnitude higher than 137Cs activities observed before the accident around Japan. Horizontally, the radiocesium activity concentrations in zooplankton were high at around 25° N while those in surface seawater were high at around the transition area between the Kuroshio and the Oyashio currents (36–40° N. We observed subsurface radiocesium maxima in density range of the North Pacific Subtropical Mode Water and the occurrence of many diel vertical migratory zooplankton. These suggested that the high activity concentrations in the subtropical zooplankton at around 25° N were connected to the subsurface radiocesium and active vertical migration of zooplankton. However, the high activity concentrations of radiocesium in subsurface seawater did not necessarily correlate with the higher radiocesium activity in zooplankton. Activity concentrations of radiocesium in zooplankton might be influenced not only by the environmental radiocesium activity concentrations but also by other factors, which are still unknown.

  14. Reproducing {sup 137}Cs vertical migration in Spanish soils - Reproducing {sup 137}Cs and {sup 90}Sr vertical migration in Spanish mainland

    Olondo, C.; Legarda, F.; Herranz, M.; Idoeta, R. [The University of the Basque Country - UPV/EHU, Nuclear Engineering and Fluid Mechanics Dept. Faculty of Engineering, Alda. Urquijo 48013, Bilbao (Spain)

    2014-07-01

    As a result of caesium's and strontium's activity migration study developed in Spanish mainland soils, there has been obtained convective - diffusive migration equation that will reproduce adequately the movement that an activity deposit would follow in this land. Taking into account the dependence on rain that apparent convection velocity shows, it has been defined a new migration parameter that depends only on soil's properties. By means of a least square method and fitting the migration equation to experimental activity profiles, the values showed by the migration parameters in the studied soils, characteristics of that area, have been obtained. After that, there have been obtained the mean values of these parameters for each defined group that, depending on soil's texture, have been observed in the study performed about the movement of both radionuclides in soils and to whom these soils belong. Using these mean values and obtained equation, it has been properly reproduce those vertical activity profiles that were experimentally determined. In order to validate these values, a new sampling programme is carrying out in the north of Spain and, with obtained new sampling points' information, is going to verify if, indeed, obtained mean values also reproduce these new sampling points' activity vertical profile. (authors)

  15. Aspects on the seasonal dynamics and the vertical distribution of the crustacean zooplankton community and the Dreissena polymorpha larvae in Lake Trichonis

    G. KEHAYIAS

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available In Lake Trichonis 9 crustacea species and the molluscan larvae of Dreissena polymorpha were recorded during four seasonal samplings from summer 2002 to spring 2003. Mean integrated values of crustacea abundance ranged from 4.5 to 12.9 ind/L and were mainly dominated by the calanoida Eudiaptomus drieschi. The abundance values recorded, as well as the seasonal dynamics, followed the monoacmic pattern of oligotrophic lakes. However, the presence of Daphnia cucullata, a typical representative of eutrophic lakes, the decrease of the calanoida participation in the crustacea community and the succession in the cladocera community, could probably indicate a tendency towards a change of the trophic condition of Lake Trichonis.Along the vertical axis the maximum abundance of the zooplankton community was recorded in the surface 0-10 m. Mollusca larvae were present in all seasons and their highest abundance was recorded in the surface layer 0-10 m. Temperature, competition and predation seemed to be the main factors regulating vertical distribution.

  16. Vertical migration of radionuclides in undisturbed grassland soils

    Literature data on numerical values obtained for the parameters of the two most popular models for simulating the migration of radionuclides in undisturbed soils have been compiled and evaluated statistically. Due to restrictions on the applicability of compartmental models, the convection-dispersion equation and its parameter values should be preferred. For radiocaesium, recommended values are derived for its effective convection velocity and dispersion coefficient. Data deficiencies still exist for radionuclides other than caesium and for soils of non-temperate environments.

  17. Lateral and Vertical Vent Migration at Tecuitlapa Maar, Mexico

    Ort, M. H.; Carrasco-Nunez, G.

    2006-12-01

    Tecuitlapa maar, in the Serdan-Oriental Basin, east-central Mexico, is 1.5 km diameter and 100 m deep. Reworked ash and lapilli (`toba cafe'), derived from surrounding volcanic highlands via eolian and fluvial processes, provided fluidized water-saturated sediment for fuel-coolant interactions. The eruption sequence begins with 1.5 2-m bedded tuff comprising 50% clast-supported accretionary-lapilli beds and 50% lapilli tuff of juvenile (basalt) and andesite lapilli in a mostly toba-cafe matrix. This grades into a lithic-rich breccia near the vent (east end of maar at this stage). Weakly bedded wet surge deposits complete unit I. Unit I is the finest of the sequence but has poor sorting and variable median grain size. Basaltic juvenile grains dominate (50-80%) and andesite and oxidized grains are subordinate. Unit II deposits are dune-bedded tuffs and 10-20-cm-thick basalt lapilli beds, with abundant lithic lapilli and bomb sags. Breccia beds coarsen (to 1-25 cm diam.), thicken (to 1-2 m), and become more lithic-rich (to 40%) upward, but tuff beds dominate. Matrices are mostly toba cafe ash. Average grain size of the matrix (-2 - -3 phi) coarsens in unit II and sorting improves. Andesitic and oxidized accidental lapilli increase upward, to 50%. Unit III is similar to unit II, but is less regularly bedded and is dominated by tuff breccias. 3-5-m sections alternate between more breccia-like and more tuff-like, but all are mixed in texture. 1-3-cm-thick accretionary lapilli beds are common. Unit III has the coarsest median grain size (-3 phi), slightly better sorting than lower units and components are similar to unit II. Unit IV is many 20-50-cm-thick open-framework basalt lapilli-breccia beds. The uppermost 2-3 m contain a few thin tuffs. Unit IV scoria resemble those at the cinder/spatter cones on the crater floor. Juvenile scoria dominate, but andesitic fine lapilli are 15-40% in the tuff layers. Tecuitlapa erupted from an E-W dike system. Facies analysis and impact-sag and duneform orientations show the vent migrated westward. Componentry changes may correlate with excavation and lateral migration into more andesite-rich toba cafe (fluvial deposits). Stratigraphic relations show that the drying-out phase produced scoria cones in a west-to-east direction.

  18. Spatial and temporal variability of zooplankton off New Caledonia (Southwestern Pacific) from acoustics and net measurements

    Smeti, Houssem; Pagano, Marc; Menkes, Christophe; Lebourges-Dhaussy, Anne; Hunt, Brian P. V.; Allain, Valerie; Rodier, Martine; de Boissieu, Florian; Kestenare, Elodie; Sammari, Cherif

    2015-04-01

    Spatial and temporal distribution of zooplankton off New Caledonia in the eastern Coral Sea was studied during two multidisciplinary cruises in 2011, during the cool and the hot seasons. Acoustic measurements of zooplankton were made using a shipborne acoustic Doppler current profiler (S-ADCP), a scientific echosounder and a Tracor acoustic profiling system (TAPS). Relative backscatter from ADCP was converted to biomass estimates using zooplankton weights from net-samples collected during the cruises. Zooplankton biomass was estimated using four methods: weighing, digital imaging (ZooScan), ADCP and TAPS. Significant correlations were found between the different biomass estimators and between the backscatters of the ADCP and the echosounder. There was a consistent diel pattern in ADCP derived biomass and echosounder backscatter resulting from the diel vertical migration (DVM) of zooplankton. Higher DVM amplitudes were associated with higher abundance of small zooplankton and cold waters to the south of the study area, while lower DVM amplitudes in the north were associated with warmer waters and higher abundance of large organisms. Zooplankton was largely dominated by copepods (71-73%) among which calanoids prevailed (40-42%), with Paracalanus spp. as the dominant species (16-17%). Overall, zooplankton exhibited low abundance and biomass (mean night dry biomass of 4.7 2.2 mg m3 during the cool season and 2.4 0.4 mg m3 during the hot season) but high richness and diversity (Shannon index 4). Substantially enhanced biomass and abundance appeared to be episodically associated with mesoscale features contributing to shape a rather patchy zooplankton distribution.

  19. Mechanism of vertical migration of Am 241 in peaty-gley soil

    Nowadays soil in the Chernobyl zone has become a source from which radionuclides can come to other objects of biosphere. The vertical migration determines distribution of the radionuclides in the soil. For research of vertical migration of Am 241 in soil the distribution of the radionuclide in granulometric fractions of the soil particles was measured, humus was extracted from the soil with the help of a sodium pyrophosphate solution by the accelerated method of Kononova and Beltchikova. For an estimation of a share of a mobile form of radionuclide the soil was dissolved in ammonium acetate solution. The conclusion is made, that nowadays significant part of Am 241 is strongly fixed on a mineral matrix of the soil and migrates together with the soil particles

  20. Studies on Horizontal and Vertical Migration of 90Sr in Soil Systems

    Here are presented results of studies on vertical and horizontal migration of strontium 90Sr isotope in soil systems of Bug river valleys. Mean radioactivity of strontium in these soils was 26.15 ± 22.2 Bq/kg. Atmospheric precipitation of strontium on this area was 0.35 kBq/m2/cm. Radioactivity in soil profiles ranged from 17 to 130 Bq/m2/cm and the isotope was detected even at 30 cm depth. Some tendency to vertical migration of strontium towards the river was noticed. Obtained results were compared with concentrations of calcium and strontium in the soil. Any clear influence of these elements on the migration of strontium 90Sr was noticed. (author)

  1. Size distribution of particles and zooplankton across the shelf-basin system in southeast Beaufort Sea: combined results from an Underwater Vision Profiler and vertical net tows

    A. Forest

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The size distribution and mean spatial trends of large particles (>100 μm, in equivalent spherical diameter, ESD and mesozooplankton were investigated across the Mackenzie Shelf (southeast Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean in July–August 2009. Our main objective was to combine results from an Underwater Vision Profiler 5 (UVP5 and traditional net tows (200 μm mesh size to characterize the structural diversity and functioning of the Arctic shelf-basin ecosystem and to assess the large-scale correspondence between the two methodological approaches. The core dataset comprised 154 UVP5 profiles and 29 net tows conducted in the shelf (<100 m isobath, slope (100–1000 m and basin (>1000 m regions of the study area. The mean abundance of total particles and zooplankton in the upper water column (<75 m depth declined exponentially with increasing distance from shore. Vertical and latitudinal patterns in total particle concentration followed those of chlorophyll a (chl a concentration, with maximum values between 30 and 70 m depth. Based on the size-spectra derived from the UVP5 dataset, living organisms (0.1–10 mm ESD accounted for an increasingly large proportion of total particle abundance (from 0.1 % to >50 % when progressing offshore and as the ESD of particles was increasing. Both the UVP5 and net tows determined that copepods dominated the zooplankton community (~78–94 % by numbers and that appendicularians were generally the second most abundant group (~1–11 %. The vertical distribution patterns of copepods and appendicularians indicated a close association between primary production and the main grazers. Manual taxonomic counts and ZooScan image analyses shed further light on the size-structure and composition of the copepod community – which was dominated at ~95 % by a guild of 10 typical taxa. The size distributions of copepods, as evaluated with the 3 methods (manual counts, ZooScan and UVP5, showed consistent patterns co-varying in the same order of magnitude over the upper size range (>1 mm ESD. Copepods <1 mm were not well quantified by the UVP5, which estimated that only ~13–25 % of the assemblage was composed of copepods <1 mm ESD compared with ~77–89 % from the net tow estimates. However, the biovolume of copepods was overwhelmingly dominated (~93–97 % by copepods >1 mm ESD. Our results illustrate that the combination of traditional sampling methods and automated imaging techniques is a powerful approach that enabled us to conclude on the prevalence of a relatively high productivity regime and dominant herbivorous food web over the shelf when compared with the low-productive recycling system detected offshore.

  2. Size distribution of particles and zooplankton across the shelf-basin system in Southeast Beaufort Sea: combined results from an Underwater Vision Profiler and vertical net tows

    A. Forest

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The size distribution and mean spatial trends of large particles (>100 μm, in equivalent spherical diameter, ESD and mesozooplankton were investigated across the Mackenzie Shelf (Southeast Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean in July–August 2009. Our main objective was to combine results from an Underwater Vision Profiler 5 (UVP5 and traditional net tows (200 μm mesh size to characterize the structural diversity and functioning of the Arctic shelf-basin ecosystem and to assess the large-scale correspondence between the two methodological approaches. The core dataset comprised 154 UVP5 profiles and 29 net tows conducted in the shelf (<100 m isobath, slope (100–1000 m and basin (>1000 m regions of the study area. The mean abundance of total particles and zooplankton in the upper water column (<75 m depth declined exponentially with increasing distance from shore. Vertical and latitudinal patterns in total particle concentration followed those of chlorophyll-a (chl-a concentration, with maximum values between 30 and 70 m depth. Based on the size-spectra derived from the UVP5 dataset, living organisms (0.1–10 mm ESD accounted for an increasingly large proportion of total particle abundance (from 0.1% to > 50 % when progressing offshore and as the ESD of particles was increasing. Both the UVP5 and net tows determined that copepods dominated the zooplankton community (~78–94 % by numbers and that appendicularians were generally the second most abundant group (~1–11 %. The vertical distribution patterns of copepods and appendicularians indicated a close association between primary production and the main grazers. Manual taxonomic counts and ZooScan image analyses shed further light on the size-structure and composition of the copepod community – which was dominated at ~95 % by a guild of 10 typical taxa. The size distributions of copepods, as evaluated with the 3 methods (manual counts, ZooScan and UVP5, showed consistent patterns co-varying in the same order of magnitude over the upper size range (>1 mm ESD. Copepods < 1 mm were not well quantified by the UVP5, which estimated that only ~13–25 % of the assemblage was composed of copepods < 1 mm ESD compared with ~77–89 % from the net tow estimates. However, the biovolume of copepods was overwhelmingly dominated (~93–97 % by copepods >1 mm ESD. Our results illustrate that the combination of traditional sampling methods and automated imaging techniques is a powerful approach that enabled us to conclude on the prevalence of a relatively high productivity regime and dominant herbivorous food web over the shelf when compared with the low-productive recycling system detected offshore.

  3. Distribution of zooplankton biomass at three seamounts in the NE Atlantic

    Martin, Bettina; Christiansen, Bernd

    2009-12-01

    During different seasons of the years 2003-2005 in the NE Atlantic, zooplankton were sampled with a MOCNESS (multiple opening/closing net and environmental sensing system, mesh size 333 μm) above the slopes and summits of Seine, Sedlo and Ampère seamounts and at remote reference sites outside the influence of the seamounts (far field). Wet weights of different zooplankton size classes (2 cm) were measured. Night and day hauls were analysed in order to detect diel vertical migrations of the zooplankton, as well as a possible trapping effect due to the shallow topography. Biomass concentrations, independent of daytime, season and summit height, were reduced above the summits at all three seamounts compared to the slope and far-field sites. No trapping effect or retention of biomass was apparent above the seamounts. The vertical distribution patterns of the size class gelatinous organisms, zooplankton >0.5 cm were nearly absent above the summits of Seine and Ampère seamounts, but considerable numbers were found above the slopes and at the far-field sites. Possible explanations for the observed distribution patterns of zooplankton biomass and size classes are discussed, including retention and lateral advection due to the hydrography at the seamounts, as well as predation by resident seamount fish.

  4. Zooplankton Hydrodynamics

    Wadhwa, Navish

    Zooplankton are hugely abundant organisms found in all aquatic environments and form an important part of the marine ecosystems. Most zooplankton swim in order to find food and mates, and to avoid predators. In spite of its advantages, swimming comes with trade-offs, it costs energy and creates...... cycle, and found qualitative differences in flow structures, energy expenditure, and swimming efficiency, between the early and later stages. The spatial decay rate of flow disturbances was faster in the later stages, suggesting that those may be less vulnerable to predation. Broadening the scope, we...... resource acquisition, motility, sensing, and offspring size for all pelagic marine life, from bacteria to whales. We also reviewed and developed theoretical arguments for the observed scaling laws and for the characteristic sizes at which transitions from one strategy to another take place. Based on our...

  5. The role of zooplankton in the pelagic-benthic coupling of the Southern Ocean

    Schnack-Schiel, Sigrid B.; Isla, Enrique

    2005-01-01

    Zooplankton contributes in different ways to pelagic-benthic coupling: Their faecal material is a major route of energy flow and the vertical migrations of many species as well as the production of pelagic larvae by benthic organisms represent different paths to link the two subsystems. Antarctic particle fluxes have been shown to be highly variable in size and composition within a given region and even at the same site from year to year. There are also differences throughout the water column...

  6. Vertical Distribution of Daily Migrating Mesopelagic Fish in Respect to Nocturnal Lights

    Prihartato, Perdana

    2014-12-01

    The nighttime distribution of vertically migrating mesopelagic fish in relation to nocturnal light was studied during a circumglobal survey, in the Red Sea, and in a fjord at high latitude. The study was based on data derived from ship borne echo sounders (circumglobal and the Red Sea) as well as using upward looking echo sounders mounted on the bottom (Masfjorden, Norway). We also applied a numerical model for analyzing diel vertical migration patterns. The effect of the lunar cycle was the focus in studies at low latitudes, while seasonal changes in nocturnal light climate was in focus at high latitude. Lunar phase significantly affected the distribution of mesopelagic fish at the global scale and in the Red Sea. During nights near full moon, scattering layers of mesopelagic fish distributed deeper than during darker phases of the moon. At high latitude, mesopelagic fish switched its behavior along with seasonal changes in nocturnal lights. In autumn, the population of the studied fish (Maurolicus mueleri) formed separated layers. Juveniles performed normal diel vertical migration followed by midnight sinking, with midnight sinking mainly related to temperature minima and also for avoiding predators. Meanwhile the adults did not migrate vertically, reducing foraging but increasing the adult survival. From late winter to mid-Spring, interrupted ascents behavior was noted in the afternoon. Predator avoidance, satiation, and finding temperature optimum might be the reason behind interrupted ascents. At lighter nights in mid-summer, M. muelleri took on schooling behavior, likely as an anti-predator behavior permitting access to the upper waters in the absence of darkness.

  7. Effect of Zooplankton Community Structure on Particle Flux and Nutrient Cycling at the Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS) Site

    Steinberg, D. K.; Madin, L. P.

    2001-12-01

    The structure of zooplankton communities has a significant impact on vertical transport and cycling of elements in the sea. Zooplankton play an integral role in the flux of material out of the euphotic zone at BATS via active transport by vertical migrators and by production of rapidly sinking fecal pellets. Zooplankton biomass in the upper 200 m at BATS is on average 1.7 times higher at night than day due to vertical migration. Migrating zooplankton actively transport a substantial amount of dissolved inorganic and organic carbon and nitrogen to deep water at BATS (via respiration and excretion), which can be significant relative to the passive flux of sinking particles. Active transport of C is equal to a mean of 8% (maximum 39%), and N equal to a mean of 13% (maximum 164%) of the gravitational vertical export of particulate organic C and N, respectively, measured with sediment traps at 150 m. Substantial excretion of dissolved organic material by migrators (mean of 24% of total C and 32% of total N metabolized) could be important to the microbial community at depth. Dissolved material exported by zooplankton is usually not at a Redfield C:N ratio of 6.6, contributing to non-Redfield remineralization patterns seen at depth. Changes in the zooplankton community can also dramatically affect the composition and sedimentation rate of fecal pellets, and thus the export of organic material. However, zooplankton biomass alone is not necessarily a good predictor of flux; the species composition of the resident community may at times more considerably affect export of organic material to the deep ocean. For example, there is a positive but weak relationship between monthly zooplankton biomass and organic C flux at BATS. Analysis of the bloom dynamics of salps (large gelatinous zooplankton) over the ten-year time series at BATS indicates salps graze on average 4% of the primary production, but fecal flux from salps can constitute on average 33% (maximum over 10-fold) of the sediment trap flux. An effort is underway to analyze the species composition of the BATS zooplankton time series in order to better understand how diel, seasonal and interannual changes in the taxa affect biogeochemical cycles in the Sargasso Sea.

  8. Migration of 85Sr and 137Cs in vertical soil profiles

    The vertical distribution of 85Sr and 137Cs in undisturbed single-contaminated agricultural soils have been studied during their irrigation with wet atmospheric precipitation in dependence on time under laboratory conditions for about one year. The soil samples were collected from several localities in the environment of nuclear power plants at Dukovany and Jaslovske Bohunice using a special auger. The samples were placed into polyethylene columns of 9 cm in diameter and 20 cm in height. The activity of radionuclides in soil profiles after their separation into single layers were counted by Ge(Li) semiconductor gamma-spectrometry. Based on the exponential depth distribution of radionuclides, the values of their migration parameters as relaxation depth, migration rate and retardation factor were calculated. The influence of the permanent grass cover and of the applied zeolite on the migration parameters of these radionuclides was also investigated. (author)

  9. Migration of 85Sr and 137Cs in vertical soil profiles

    Vertical distribution of Sr-85 and Cs-137 in undisturbed single-contaminated agricultural soils was studied in laboratory conditions during their irrigation with wet atmospheric precipitation in dependence on time for about one year. The soil samples were collected from several sites in the surroundings of the Dukovany and Jaslovske Bohunice nuclear power plants using a special auger. The samples were placed into polyethylene columns. The activity of radionuclides in the soil profiles after their separation into single layers was determined with a Ge(Li) semiconductor gamma spectrometer. Based on the exponential depth distribution of radionuclides, the values of their migration parameters as such the relaxation depth, migration rate and retardation factor were calculated. The effect of the permanent grass cover and of zeolite on the migration parameters of the two radionuclides was also investigated

  10. Vertical distribution, migration rates, and model comparison of actinium in a semi-arid environment

    Vertical soil characterization and migration of radionuclides were investigated at four radioactively contaminated sites on Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB), New Mexico to determine the vertical downward migration of radionuclides in a semi-arid environment. The surface soils (0-15 cm) were intentionally contaminated with Brazilian sludge (containing 232Thorium and other radionuclides) approximately 40 years ago, in order to simulate the conditions resulting from a nuclear weapons accident. Site grading consisted of manually raking or machine disking the sludge. The majority of the radioactivity was found in the top 15 cm of soil, with retention ranging from 69 to 88%. Two models, a compartment diffusion model and leach rate model, were evaluated to determine their capabilities and limitations in predicting radionuclide behavior. The migration rates of actinium were calculated with the diffusion compartment and the leach rate models for all sites, and ranged from 0.009 to 0.1 cm/yr increasing with depth. The migration rates calculated with the leach rate models were similar to those using the diffusion compartment model and did not increase with depth (0.045-0.076, 0.0 cm/yr). The research found that the physical and chemical properties governing transport processes of water and solutes in soil provide a valid radionuclide transport model. The evaluation also showed that the physical model has fewer limitations and may be more applicable to this environment

  11. Vertical distribution and migration of global fallout Pu in forest soils in southwestern China

    Soil samples collected in southwestern China were analyzed for Pu isotopes. The 240Pu/239Pu atom ratios were around 0.18, which indicated the dominant source of global fallout. Consistent sub-surface maximums followed by exponential decline of 239+240Pu activities in the soil cores were observed. Most of the Pu has still remained in the 0–10 cm layers since its deposition. Convection velocities and dispersion coefficients for Pu migration in the soils were estimated by the convection–dispersion equation (CDE) model. The effective convection velocities and effective dispersion coefficients ranged from 0.05 to 0.11 cm/y and from 0.06 to 0.29 cm2/y, respectively. Other factors that control the vertical migration of Pu in soil besides precipitation, soil particle size distribution and organic matter were suggested. Long-term migration behaviors of Pu in the soils were simulated. The results provide the Pu background baseline for further environmental monitoring and source identification of non-global fallout Pu inputs in the future. - Highlights: • Pu isotopes in the soil cores collected in southwestern China were analyzed. • Background baseline data of Pu isotopes in the soils were given. • Parameters of convection–dispersion equation model for Pu migration were estimated. • Long-term migration behavior of Pu in soil was simulated

  12. Estimation of vertical migration velocity of 137Cs in the Mount IDA/Kazdagi, Turkey

    This paper presents the results obtained from a radioecological study carried out in the forest sites of Mount IDA (Kazdagi)/Edremit, Turkey. For 118 soil profiles, the depth distribution of 137Cs activity was established by fitting the experimental points to an exponential, a gaussian or a log-normal function. The relaxation lengths were in the range of 1.09–16.7 cm with a mean of 5.73 cm, showing a slow transport and a strong retention capacity of 137Cs even after the 26-y period of Chernobyl accident. From the data for the vertical distribution of 137Cs in soil profiles, the mean annual migration velocity of 137Cs was in the range of 0.11–0.62 cm year−1 with a mean of 0.30 cm year−1. Statistically significant correlations between the thickness of the humus layer and the mean annual velocity of 137Cs were found for both coniferous and mixed forest sites. The mean annual velocity of 137Cs in the forests sites with Pinus nigra var pallasiana was significantly higher than sites with Pinus brutia. External dose-rates from the 137Cs in forest soils were estimated using a conversion factor used in many studies and comprised with the external dose-rates determined according to the vertical distribution of 137Cs within the soil depth profiles. It is clearly seen that both levels and spatial distribution patterns of the external dose-rates from 137Cs were influenced considerably with the vertical migration rate and the vertical distribution of 137Cs. - Highlights: • The vertical migration of 137Cs was investigated in the forests at the Mount IDA. • The relaxation lengths of 137Cs are found in the range of 1.09–16.67 cm. • The mean annual velocity of 137Cs is found in the range of 0.11–0.62 cm year−1. • External dose-rates determined using the vertical distribution of 137Cs. • The external dose-rates were influenced with the vertical distribution of 137Cs

  13. Importance des phénomènes de migration verticale des hydrocarbures Significance of Vertical Migration Phenomea of Hydrocarbons

    Chiarelle A.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Cette publication a pour but de démonter les mécanismes de migration verticale des hydrocarbures et d'en analyser les conséquences, à partir d'exemples concrets choisis sur les domaines d'activité de la Société Nationale Elf Aquitaine (Production [SNEA (PJ. Les hydrocarbures, huile et gaz, rassemblés en phase individualisée évoluent dans un milieu poreux, fin, généralement mouillé à l'eau. Dans un tel environnement la migration suppose des pressions capillaires élevées. On démontre que cette condition se realise plus particulièrement sur Ies zones hautes fermées où les élements d'hydrocarbures expulses de la roche mère peuvent se rassembler en amas de taille importante, développant une forte poussee d'Archimède. De même le gaz, du fait de sa masse volumique faible par rapport à celle de l'eau, manifestera une grande aptitude à la migration verticale, ce qui conduira souvent à une redistribution verticale des hydrocarbures non conforme au schéma diagénétique classique : présence d'un gisement de gaz en surface et huile en profondeur. Combinés à l'effet Gussow, phénomène de refoulement de l'huile par le gaz hors de la fermeture critique d'une structure, les processus envisagés ici, où tes accidents tectoniques tiennent une place importante, aboutiront généralement à sil: aerer spatialement l'huile et le gaz. Ces transferts semblent s'accompagner fréquemment de modifications dans la composition chimique des huiles : augmentation des teneurs en soufre, en métaux traces, en hydrocarbures aromatiques, et alourdissement des huiles The purpose of this article is ta described the vertical migration mechanisms of hydrocarbons and to analyze their conséquences, on the basis of concrete examples selected in the fields of activities carried on by Société Nationale Elf Aquitaine (SNEA. When hydrocarbons (ai( and gas are gathered in a distinct phase, they evolve in a fine porous medium that is usually water wet. In such on environment, migration requires high capillary pressures. lt is shown that such conditions occur especially in high closed zones where the hydrocarbons driven out of the source rock con gather together in a large-sized mass, thus building up a high degree of buoyancy. In the same way, because gas has a louver specific gravity thon water, it has a great tendency ta migrote vertically, which often brings about a vertical redistribution of hydrocarbons that does not conform ta the conventional diagenetic pattern, i. e. the presence of a gas pool above a deeper ail pool.

  14. Proximate control of diel vertical migration in Phyllosoma larvae of the Caribbean spiny lobster Panulirus argus.

    Ziegler, Tracy A; Cohen, Jonathan H; Forward, Richard B

    2010-12-01

    Phyllosoma larvae of the spiny lobster Panulirus argus undergo diel vertical migration (DVM), in which they are at depth during the day and nearer the surface at night. This study determined the visual spectral sensitivity of Stage I larvae and investigated whether light plays a proximate role in DVM as an exogenous cue and as an entrainment cue for an endogenous rhythm in vertical migration. Under constant conditions, larvae have a circadian rhythm (24.5-h period) in vertical swimming that resulted in a twilight DVM pattern. The behavioral response spectrum and electroretinogram recording indicated two photoreceptor spectral classes with maxima at 360 and 486 nm. When stimulated in an apparatus that simulated the underwater angular light distribution, dark-adapted larvae showed only positive phototaxis, with a threshold intensity of 1.8 × 10(13) photons m(-2) s(-1) (3.0 × 10(-5) μmoles photons m(-2) s(-1)). They have an avoidance response to predator shadows in which they descend upon sudden decreases in light intensity of more than 69%. When stimulated with relative rates of decrease in light intensity as occur at sunset they ascended, whereas they descended upon relative rates of light intensity increase as occur at sunrise. Thus, the DVM pattern is controlled by both an endogenous circadian rhythm in swimming and behavioral responses to light at sunrise and sunset. PMID:21183442

  15. Vertical and horizontal distribution of zooplankton and polar cod in southern Baffin Bay (66-71°N) in September 2009

    Kjellerup, Sanne; Dünweber, Michael; Møller, Eva Friis; Schiedek, Doris; Oskarsson, Gudmundur J.; Riget, Frank Farsø; Johansen, Kasper Lambert; Mosbech, Anders

    2015-01-01

    Zooplankton are the link connecting primary producers to higher trophic levels, and knowing their distribution and community is important for predicting the distribution of predator species, like fish, seabirds, and marine mammals. However, data from open Arctic oceans are still scarce. In autumn...

  16. Vertical migration of 134Cs bearing soil particles in arid soils: implications for plutonium redistribution

    Vertical migration of plutonium in soils at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (RFETS) was evaluated based on observed 134Cs migration in soil column experiments. After applying 134Cs-labeled soil particles to the surfaces of large, undisturbed soil cores collected from each site, resulting soil columns were subjected to experimental cycles of irrigation plus drying (treatment columns) or to cycles of irrigation only (control columns). Mean losses of 134Cs inventory from soil surfaces were 3.1 0.6% cycle-1 and 0.7 0.6% cycle-1 respectively for RFETS treatment and control columns. WIPP columns had mean respective losses of 1.3 1.2% cycle-1 and 0.5 0.2% cycle-1. Bulk transport of labeled soil particles through soil cracks was an important process in RFETS soils, accounting for 64-86% of total 134Cs migration. Colloidal transport processes governed migration in WIPP soils

  17. Modeling CO2 vertical migration based on seismic frequency-dependent AVO responses

    Li, Bonan; Liu, Cai; Lu, Qi; Pang, Shuo

    2016-04-01

    Injection of CO2 into a geological subsurface will cause seismic dispersion and attenuation, which will change with the migration of the CO2 plume. Therefore, temporal attenuation changes from the seismic section with the CO2 plume can provide additional information about CO2 storage, migration, and possible leakage. The frequency-dependent amplitude variation with offset (FDAVO) attribute, as a seismic characteristic, which quantifies frequency-dependent anomalies from various kinds of sources, is widely applied in fields of hydrocarbon indication and fluid identification. In this work we aim to investigate the potential of the FDAVO attribute as a monitoring tool during the process of CO2 migration. We combine the Buckley-Leverett equation and the patchy-saturation model to simulate the substitution process. We then apply a novel tool, the FDAVO inversion method, to estimate the dispersion level at the target interface. What is more, the characteristic of the frequency-dependent attribute versus time is studied for the first time. The result of the numerical simulation reveals that: (1) caused by CO2 injection, there is significant dispersion and attenuation within the seismic band; (2) the level of dispersion reflects the migration of CO2 plume; (3) dispersion anomalies are well quantified by the inverted FDAVO attributes, which can be utilized to characterize the vertical distribution of the CO2 plume.

  18. Vertical distribution and diel vertical migration of krill beneath snow-covered ice and in ice-free waters

    Vestheim, Hege

    2013-11-11

    A bottom mounted upward looking Simrad EK60 120-kHz echo sounder was used to study scattering layers (SLs) and individuals of the krill Meganyctiphanes norvegica. The mooring was situated at 150-m depth in the Oslofjord, connected with an onshore cable for power and transmission of digitized data. Records spanned 5 months from late autumn to spring. A current meter and CTD was associated with the acoustic mooring and a shore-based webcam monitored ice conditions in the fjord. The continuous measurements were supplemented with intermittent krill sampling campaigns and their physical and biological environment.The krill carried out diel vertical migration (DVM) throughout the winter, regardless of the distribution of potential prey. The fjord froze over in mid-winter and the daytime distribution of a mid-water SL of krill immediately became shallower associated with snow fall after freezing, likely related to reduction of light intensities. Still, a fraction of the population always descended all the way to the bottom, so that the krill population by day seemed to inhabit waters with light levels spanning up to six orders of magnitude. Deep-living krill ascended in synchrony with the rest of the population in the afternoon, but individuals consistently reappeared in near-bottom waters already? 1 h after the ascent. Thereafter, the krill appeared to undertake asynchronous migrations, with some krill always being present in near-bottom waters even though the entire population appeared to undertake DVM. The Author 2013. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

  19. UV B-induced vertical migrations of cyanobacteria in a microbial mat

    Exposure to moderate doses of UV B (0.35 to 0.79 W m-2 s-1 or 0.98 to 2.2 μmol of photons m-2 s-1 at 310 nm) caused the surface layers of microbial mats from Solar Lake, Sinai, Egypt, to become visibly lighter green. Concurrent with the color change were rapid and dramatic reductions in gross photosynthesis and in the resultant high porewater oxygen concentrations in the surface layers of the mats. The depths at which both maximum gross photosynthesis and maximum oxygen concentrations occurred were displaced downward. In contrast, gross photosynthesis in the deeper layers of the mats increased in response to UV B incident upon the surface. The cessation of exposure to UV B partially reversed all of these changes. Taken together, these responses suggest that photoautotrophic members of the mat community, most likely the dominant cyanobacterium Microcoleus chthonoplastes, were migrating in response to the added UV B. The migration phenomenon was also observed in response to increases in visible radiation and UV A, but UV B was ca. 100-fold more effective than visible radiation and ca. 20-fold more effective than UV A in provoking the response. Migrating microorganisms within this mat are apparently able to sense UV B directly and respond behaviorally to limit their exposure to UV. Because of strong vertical gradients of light and dissolved substances in microbial mats, the migration and the resultant vertical redistribution of photosynthetic activity have important consequences for both the photobiology of the cyanobacteria and the net primary productivity of the mat ecosystem

  20. VERTICAL MIGRATION AND PHYSIOLOGICAL RATES OF THE Thalia democratica (SALPIDAE: THALIACEA IN ARVOREDO BIOLOGICAL MARINE RESERVE, SANTA CATARINA MIGRAO VERTICAL E TAXAS FISIOLGICAS DE Thalia democratica (SALPIDAE: THALIACEA NA RESERVA MARINHA DO ARVOREDO, SANTA CATARINA

    C. RESGALLA JR.

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Between December 17th and 18th of 1998the Soloncy Moura Research Vessel (CEPSUL/ IBAMA was stationed for 24 hours at the eastern margin of the Arvoredo island, inside of the Arvoredo Biological Marine Reserve (2719,6'-278,6' S and 4827,1'-489,1' W. During this time the temperature and salinity profiles were obtained using a CTD, and water samples were collected for ammonium determination. The biomass in wet weight of the size classed zooplankton, was collected by vertical trawls in 3 strata in the water column. Incubations were executed at 5 meters depth in DBO flasks, of the Salpidae Thalia democratica Oozooids and the phytoplankton collected in the same place. The filtration rates were estimated by the increase of feopigments and growth rates by blastozooids liberation. The temperature and salinity data measured along the 24 hours didnt show a significant temporal variation, with the Tropical Water occurring at surface and the Subtropical Water below 20 meters depth. The zooplankton biomass presented a clear vertical migration behaviour, with larger concentrations in the intermediary stratum (10 to 20 m during the day and with a displacement for the superficial stratum (0 to 10 m at sunset. The ammonium concentration exhibited a similar behaviour in the water column indicating probable regeneration processes and bioconvection of this nutrient. The species Thalia democratica was the dominant organism in the fraction larger than 1000 m and it was responsible for the highest zooplankton biomass in the samples. The incubation experiments of this species presented an average filtration rate of 176.4 mL.day-1 and growth rate of blastozooids from 8 to 10.3% in length per hour. Entre os dias 17 e 18 de dezembro de 1998 foi realizado um fundeio na margem leste da ilha do Arvoredo, dentro da Reserva Biolgica Marinha do Arvoredo (27o19,6'-27o8,6' S e 48o27,1'- 48o9,1' W, com o Navio de Pesquisa Soloncy Moura (CEPSUL/IBAMA. Durante o fundeio foram realizados perfis de salinidade e temperatura utilizando um CTD bem como coletadas amostras de gua para a determinao do amnio. A biomassa em peso mido do zooplcton, fracionada em classes de tamanho, foi coletada por arrastos verticais em 3 estratos na coluna de gua. Foram executadas incubaes a 5 m de profundidade, em frasco tipo DBO, de Oozooides da Salpa Thalia democrtica com fitoplncton coletado no mesmo local para as estimativas de suas taxas de filtrao e de suas taxas de crescimento pela liberao de blastozooides. Os dados de temperatura e salinidade medidos durante 22 horas no mostraram uma variao temporal significativa, em que a gua Tropical ocorreu em superfcie e a gua Subtropical abaixo dos 20 m de profundidade. A biomassa do zooplncton apresentou um ntido comportamento de migrao vertical, com uma maior concentrao no estrato intermedirio (10 a 20 m durante o dia e com um deslocamento para o estrato superficial (0 a 10 m no entardecer. Comportamento similar ocorreu com a concentrao de amnio na coluna de gua indicando provvel processo de regenerao e bioconveco deste nutriente. A Salpa Thalia democratica foi o organismo dominante na frao maior que 1000 m e a responsvel pela maior biomassa nas amostras. Os testes de incubao desta espcie apresentaram uma taxa de filtrao mdia de 176,4 mL.dia-1 e taxa de crescimento de blastozooides de 8 a 10,3 % em comprimento por hora.

  1. Estimation of vertical migration velocity of (137)Cs in the Mount IDA/Kazdagi, Turkey.

    Karadeniz, Özlem; Çakır, Rukiye; Karakurt, Hidayet

    2015-08-01

    This paper presents the results obtained from a radioecological study carried out in the forest sites of Mount IDA (Kazdagi)/Edremit, Turkey. For 118 soil profiles, the depth distribution of (137)Cs activity was established by fitting the experimental points to an exponential, a gaussian or a log-normal function. The relaxation lengths were in the range of 1.09-16.7 cm with a mean of 5.73 cm, showing a slow transport and a strong retention capacity of (137)Cs even after the 26-y period of Chernobyl accident. From the data for the vertical distribution of (137)Cs in soil profiles, the mean annual migration velocity of (137)Cs was in the range of 0.11-0.62 cm year(-1) with a mean of 0.30 cm year(-1). Statistically significant correlations between the thickness of the humus layer and the mean annual velocity of (137)Cs were found for both coniferous and mixed forest sites. The mean annual velocity of (137)Cs in the forests sites with Pinus nigra var pallasiana was significantly higher than sites with Pinus brutia. External dose-rates from the (137)Cs in forest soils were estimated using a conversion factor used in many studies and comprised with the external dose-rates determined according to the vertical distribution of (137)Cs within the soil depth profiles. It is clearly seen that both levels and spatial distribution patterns of the external dose-rates from (137)Cs were influenced considerably with the vertical migration rate and the vertical distribution of (137)Cs. PMID:25900013

  2. Vertical migration of 137Cs and contamination density in soil of the South part of Baikal lake

    Mechanism of vertical migration of radionuclides over soil profile is considered. At higher averaged values the process is described by a sum of effective diffusion rates and vertical advection of radionuclide. Results of theoretical calculations of 137Cs concentration profiles in light and heavy soils for actually observed atmospheric fallout in 1954-1999 are compared with experimental profiles in rock frozen-forest tundra and rock frozen-coniferous forest soils of the South Transbajkal region. The rate of vertical migration is estimated and reasons for increased density of the soil contamination by 137Cs are discussed

  3. Type I Planet Migration in a Magnetized Disk. II. Effect of Vertical Angular Momentum Transport

    Bans, Alissa; Uribe, Ana

    2015-01-01

    We study the effects of a large-scale, ordered magnetic field in protoplanetary disks on Type I planet migration using a linear perturbation analysis in the ideal-MHD limit. We focus on wind-driving disks, in which a magnetic torque $\\propto B_{0z} \\partial B_{0\\varphi}/\\partial z$ (where $B_{0z}$ and $B_{0\\varphi}$ are the equilibrium vertical and azimuthal field components) induces vertical angular momentum transport. We derive the governing differential equation for the disk response and identify its resonances and turning points. For a disk containing a slightly subthermal, pure-$B_{0z}$ field, the total 3D torque is close to its value in the 2D limit but remains lower than the hydrodynamic torque. In contrast with the 2D pure-$B_{0\\varphi}$ field model considered by Terquem (2003), inward migration is not reduced in this case when the field amplitude decreases with radius. The presence of a subdominant $B_{0\\varphi}$ component whose amplitude increases from zero at $z=0$ has little effect on the torque w...

  4. Bias in acoustic biomass estimates of Euphausia superba due to diel vertical migration

    Demer, David A.; Hewitt, Roger P.

    1995-04-01

    The diel vertical migration (DVM) of Antarctic krill ( Euphausia superba) can greatly bias the results of qualitative and quantitative hydroacoustic surveys which are conducted with a down-looking sonar and irrespective of the time of day. To demonstrate and quantify these negative biases on both the estimates of biomass distribution and abundance, a time-depth-density analysis was performed. Data were collected, as part of the United States Antarctic Marine Living Resources Program (AMLR), in the vicinities of Elephant Island, Antarctica, during the austral summers of 1992 and 1993. Five surveys were conducted in 1992; two covered a 105 by 105 n.mi. area centered on Elephant Island, two encompassed a 60 by 35 n.mi. area immediately to the north of the Island, and one covered a 1 n.mi. 2 area centered on a large krill swarm to the west of Seal Island. The 1993 data include repetitions of the two small-area and two large-area surveys. Average krill volume densities were calculated for each hour as well as for three daily periods: day, twilight and night. These data were normalized and presented as a probability of daily average density. With spectral analysis to identify the frequencies of migration, a four-term periodic function was fitted to the probability density function of average daily biomass versus local apparent time. This function was transformed to create a temporal compensation function (TCF) for upwardly adjusting acoustic biomass estimates. The TCF was then applied to the original 1992 survey data; the resulting biomass estimates are an average of 49.5% higher than those calculated disregarding biases due to diel vertical migration. The effect of DVM on the estimates of krill distribution are illustrated by a comparison of compensated and uncompensated density maps of two 1992 surveys. Through this technique, high density kril areas are revealed where uncompensated maps indicated low densities.

  5. Temporal variations of zooplankton biomass in the Ligurian Sea inferred from long time series of ADCP data

    R. Bozzano

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Three years of 300 kHz ADCP data collected in the central Ligurian Sea are analyzed to investigate the variability of the zooplankton biomass and the Diel Vertical Migrations (DVM in the upper thermocline. After a pre-processing aimed at avoiding the slant range attenuation, hourly volume backscattering strength time series are obtained. Despite the lack of concurrent net samples collection, different migration patterns are identified and their temporal variability examined by means of time-frequency analysis. The effect of changes in the environmental condition is also investigated. Highest zooplankton biomasses are observed in April–May just after the peak of surface primary production in March–April. The main migration pattern points to a "nocturnal" migration with zooplankton organisms occurring deeper in the water column during the day and shallower at night. Also twilight migration is highlighted during this study. The largest migrations are recorded in November–December, corresponding to lowest backscattering strength values and are likely attributable to larger and more active organisms (i.e. euphausiids and mesopelagic fish. The results suggest further applications of the historical ADCP time series available.

  6. Zooplankton fecal pellets, marine snow, phytodetritus and the ocean's biological pump

    Turner, Jefferson T.

    2015-01-01

    The 'biological pump' is the process by which photosynthetically-produced organic matter in the ocean descends from the surface layer to depth by a combination of sinking particles, advection or vertical mixing of dissolved organic matter, and transport by animals. Particulate organic matter that is exported downward from the euphotic zone is composed of combinations of fecal pellets from zooplankton and fish, organic aggregates known as 'marine snow' and phytodetritus from sinking phytoplankton. Previous reviews by Turner and Ferrante (1979) and Turner (2002) focused on publications that appeared through late 2001. Since that time, studies of the biological pump have continued, and there have been >300 papers on vertical export flux using sediment traps, large-volume filtration systems and other techniques from throughout the global ocean. This review will focus primarily on recent studies that have appeared since 2001. Major topics covered in this review are (1) an overview of the biological pump, and its efficiency and variability, and the role of dissolved organic carbon in the biological pump; (2) zooplankton fecal pellets, including the contribution of zooplankton fecal pellets to export flux, epipelagic retention of zooplankton fecal pellets due to zooplankton activities, zooplankton vertical migration and fecal pellet repackaging, microbial ecology of fecal pellets, sinking velocities of fecal pellets and aggregates, ballasting of sinking particles by mineral contents, phytoplankton cysts, intact cells and harmful algae toxins in fecal pellets, importance of fecal pellets from various types of zooplankton, and the role of zooplankton fecal pellets in picoplankton export; (3) marine snow, including the origins, abundance, and distributions of marine snow, particles and organisms associated with marine snow, consumption and fragmentation of marine snow by animals, pathogens associated with marine snow; (4) phytodetritus, including pulsed export of phytodetritus, phytodetritus from Phaeocystis spp., picoplankton in phytodetritus, the summer export pulse (SEP) of phytodetritus in the subtropical North Pacific, benthic community responses to phytodetritus; (5) other components of the biological pump, including fish fecal pellets and fish-mediated export, sinking carcasses of animals and macrophytes, feces from marine mammals, transparent exopolymer particles (TEP); (6) the biological pump and climate, including origins of the biological pump, the biological pump and glacial/interglacial cycles, the biological pump and contemporary climate variations, and the biological pump and anthropogenic climate change. The review concludes with potential future modifications in the biological pump due to climate change.

  7. Zooplankton and fisheries

    Goswami, S.C.

    Zooplankton are considered as the chief index of utilization of aquatic biotope at the secondary trophic level. The intensity of zooplankton aggregation depends on their ability to counter dispersion, phytoplankton growth, grazing rates, predator...

  8. Acceleration of vertical migration of corneal epithelial cells in albino rats during chronic immobilization stress

    This paper studies the effect of chronic immobilization stress on the kinetics of corneal epithelial cells from the basal layer into higher layers. Experiments were carried out on 49 male rats. The animals were given an intraperitoneal injection of tritium-thymidine and an additional application of 5 microCi of tritium-thymidine was made to its surface because the cornea has no blood supply. The animals were killed and the cornea removed for investigation. Values of the index of labeled nuclei and intensity of thymidine labeling, characterizing DNA synthesis in the corneas of the control and experimental animals showed no significant change compared with their values in a pervious series of experiments. Chronic exposure to stress increased the velocity of vertical migration of the cells from the basal layer toward the outer layers of the cornea

  9. Inventory and vertical migration of 137Cs in Spanish mainland soils

    In this study the total activity of 137Cs deposited per unit area over the Spanish peninsular territory was analysed using a 150 x 150 km2 mesh grid, with samples taken from 29 points. The deposited activities ranged between 251 and 6074 Bq/m2. A linear relationship was obtained between these values and the mean annual rainfall at each sampling point which allowed a map to be drawn, using GIS software, which shows the distribution of total deposited 137Cs activity across the Spanish mainland. At twelve of these sampling points the vertical migration profile of 137Cs was obtained. These profiles are separated into two groups with different behaviour, one of which includes clay and loam soils and the other containing sandy soils. For both groups of profiles the parameters of the convective-diffusive model, which describes the vertical migration of 137Cs in the soil, v (apparent convection velocity) and D (apparent diffusion coefficient) were calculated. - Highlights: → Measured the 137Cs activity in Spanish mainland, being within a range of [251, 6074] Bq/m2, with a mean value of 1726 Bq/m2. → Establishment of the 137Cs background by means of a 137Cs inventory map showing its distribution in the Spanish mainland. → 137Cs shows two different behaviour tendencies in soil depending on it. → The parameters which govern the applied model have been obtained for the analysed profiles. → Analysed those parameters, the two tendencies have been reflected in the obtained values.

  10. Long-term acoustical observations of the mesopelagic fish Maurolicus muelleri reveal novel and varied vertical migration patterns

    Staby, A

    2011-11-15

    We studied the temporal dynamics in the vertical distribution of Maurolicus muelleri scattering layers (SL) by examining continuous acoustic recordings over a 15 mo period in Masfjorden, Norway, complemented by intermittent sampling campaigns. The data revealed known patterns as normal diel vertical migration (DVM), midnight sinking between dusk and dawn, and periods without migrations, as well as novel behaviours consisting of early morning ascents, reverse diel vertical migrations, and interrupted ascents in the evening. During the first autumn of the study, adult fish modified their normal DVM behaviour by suspending their migration in the evening, yet ascending toward the surface in the later part of the night to reach upper layers during dawn. This behaviour was not observed during the second autumn of the study. By mid- to end of November (1st autumn), adult fish had suspended the nocturnal ascent entirely, and in the subsequent period until the end of January, a fraction of the population rather performed limited reverse migrations, slightly shifting their vertical distribution upwards during the first part of the day. From January to March 2008, fish interrupted their evening ascent at apparently random intervals and returned to deeper waters, instead of completing a full ascent to the surface. Our study underlines the value of long-term recordings, with the results suggesting that M. muelleri has the capability of changing its behaviour in response to ontogeny and internal state (satiation and hunger) as well as to external stimuli.

  11. Is vertical migration in Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) influenced by an underlying circadian rhythm?

    Edward Gaten; Geraint Tarling; Harold Dowse; Charalambos Kyriacou; Ezio Rosato

    2008-12-01

    Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) is a keystone species in the southern ocean ecosystem where it is the main consumer of phytoplankton and constitutes the main food item of many higher predators. Both food and predators are most abundant at the surface, thus krill hide in the depth of the ocean during the day and migrate to the upper layers at night, to feed at a time when the predatory risk is lowest. Although the functional significance of this diel vertical migration (DVM) is clear and its modulation by environmental factors has been described, the involvement of an endogenous circadian clock in this behaviour is as yet not fully resolved. We have analysed the circadian behaviour of Euphausia superba in a laboratory setting and here we present the first description of locomotor activity rhythms for this species. Our results are in agreement with the hypothesis that the circadian clock plays a key role in DVM. They also suggest that the interplay between food availability, social cues and the light:dark cycle acts as the predominant Zeitgeber for DVM in this species.

  12. Investigation of Vertical Migration of Pollutants through the Unsaturated Zone Using Stable Isotopes and Trace Elements

    Vertical migration of pollutants through unsaturated zone is a complicated process and is affected by a number of factors like type of soil, its chemical properties, or organic matter content, in addition to climatic conditions and biological activity of microorganisms in soil. Soil properties that influence water movement through unsaturated zone are important for determining flow paths, reactions between soil and pollutants and the ultimate destination of these pollutants, and may improve the diagnosis of the potential pollution risk. Three soil cores were sampled to a depth up to 100 cm from cultivated clayey soil, sewage irrigated sandy soil and fertilized sandy soil. The samples were collected at intervals of 5 or 10 cm. The ?13C signature of the soil shifted significantly towards that of C3-type vegetation in soil cores. The general trend toward heavier 13C enrichment with depth could be due to isotopic fractionation occurring during decomposition of soil organic matters. Increased ?15N with depth in the soil cores suggests that microbial mineralization, denitrification, or volatilization processes caused the enriched ?15N signatures. Decreasing nitrogen percent and nitrate values with depth also help support the idea of microbiological processes. The results indicate that concentrations of major and trace elements varied widely among the different soil types and decreased with depths in the studied soil profile. The accumulation pattern for these elements in the soil profiles follows the order: Co < Ni < Mo < Ag < Sr < V < Cu < Cr < Zn < Mn < B < Mg < Al < Fe. The relationships between element concentrations against ph and organic matter contents show antithetical relationships and suggest evidence that these elements arise from anthropogenic input. The results of this study show that there exists risk for the environment due to notable migration of pollutants through the unsaturated zone and that the migrations were also observed to be highly correlated with sandy soil as well as organic matter content rather than ph values

  13. Vertical migration effects on the dispersion and recruitment of European anchovy larvae: From spawning to nursery areas

    Ospina-Álvarez, Andrés; Parada, Carolina; Palomera, Isabel

    2012-01-01

    Recruitment of European anchovy has been traditionally thought to largely depend on the passive transport and dispersion of eggs and larvae from spawning to nursery areas. Knowledge of the factors influencing the vertical distribution of fish early stages, and consequently influencing the transport, is a crucial issue in fisheries science. The aim of this study is to assess the relevance of diel vertical migration (DVM) as a mechanism involved in the transport of European anchovy larvae towar...

  14. Providing food for zooplankton in the aboratory

    We are currently working in the laboratory with a species of zooplankton named Euphausiacea, but more commonly known as krill. This form of animal life is found abundantly in sea-water all over the world and serves as ideal food for numerous species of fish and cetaceans. Krill live in aggregates, often consisting of several thousand individuals, and migrate vertically each day; during the migration they feed, inter alia, on smaller crustaceans such as Copepoda. It is therefore highly instructive to study the part played by this form of animal life in the concentration and transport of radioactive substances in the sea. To make this possible, we have had to acclimatize the krill to laboratory conditions. In doing so many problems have been encountered, since it is a delicate creature and often difficult to keep alive. More specifically, one of our main worries has been to find food approximating as closely as possible the natural sustenance of Euphausiacea, food that is readily assimilable and relatively simple to procure. Artemia salina appeared to meet our requirements and we have begun rearing it on a mass scale

  15. Studies of long-term vertical migration of 137Cs in soil

    Data on the soil surface 137Cs load estimated In Lithuania in the regions of elevated contamination in 1999-2000 are compared with those in 1992-1995. It is shown that in 1999-2000, on average, the soil surface 137Cs activity density amounted to 710 Bq m-2 (?=110 Bq m-2) in the north-western region, to 1100 Bq m-2 (?=Bq m-2) in the southern region, and to 2130 Bq m-2 ((?=240 Bq m-2) on the Curonian Spit. These values are lower than those in 1992-1995 by 48 %, 27 % and 23 %, respectively. The vertical distribution of the 137Cs activity concentration in soil is characterized by the second maximum at 8-10 cm to 14-16 cm depth. This maximum is probably caused by the 137Cs global fallout due to nuclear weapons tests in 1945-1980. The quasi-diffusion model was used to describe the vertical distribution of 137Cs in soil. Parameters of long-term vertical migration of 137Cs in soil, the transfer rate w and the diffusion coefficient D, ranged as follows: in the southern region of Lithuania (loam and sandy loam) D=0.07/0.12 cm2 year-1, w=0.28/0.30 cm year-1, in the north-western region (mainly sandy loam) D=0.08/0.16 cm2 year-1, w=0.24/0.39 cm year-1, and on the Curonian Spit (mainly fine sand) D=0.03/0.17 cm2 year-1, w=0.21/0.30 cm year-1. (author)

  16. Zooplankton abundance, species composition and ecology of tropical high-mountain crater lake Wonchi, Ethiopia

    Fasil Degefu

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The highlands of Ethiopia represent some of the remnants of undisturbed aquatic ecosystems; they are however highly threatened by significant socio–economic developments and associated anthropogenic impacts. Lake Wonchi is one of the few remaining fairly pristine high–mountain crater lakes in the central highlands and has never been investigated in detail. We present a first study on zooplankton taxa composition, abundance and biomass conducted over more than one year including the underlying environmental drivers. The lake is basic (pH 7.9-8.9, dilute (specific conductivity 185-245 µS cm-1 and oligotrophic with mean trophic status index of 36. The zooplankton community composition showed low species richness comprising a total of fourteen taxa with six cladocerans, one copepod and seven rotifers. Simpson´s index of diversity with values between 0.6 and 0.8 pointed towards a homogenous taxa occurrence within the single sample units. The overall mean (±SD standing biomass of zooplankton was 62.02±25.76 mg dry mass m-3,which is low compared to other highland and rift valley lakes in Ethiopia. Cyclopoid copepods, in particular Thermocyclops ethiopiensis were the most abundant group and contributed 50% to the total zooplankton abundance followed by cladocerans (38% and rotifers (12%. Non-metric multi-dimensional scaling resulted in a 3-dimensional model, which revealed similar community composition on successive sampling dates except in December/January and May. Temperature, alkalinity, conductivity and nitrate-N had significant influence on this seasonal pattern. A weak, but significant positive correlation (r=0.482, N=20, P=0.037 between Chlorophyll a and zooplankton biomass mirrors a bottom-up effect of phytoplankton biomass on zooplankton dynamics. The zooplankton of Lake Wonchi displayed some degree of segregation along the epi– and metalimnion during this study, but diel vertical migration was not observed. The results show that fish predation is not the key factor in structuring the vertical distribution of zooplankton in Lake Wonchi.

  17. Spatial and temporal habitat partitioning by zooplankton in the Bornholm Basin (central Baltic Sea)

    Schulz, Jan; Peck, Myron A.; Barz, Kristina; Schmidt, Jörn Oliver; Hansen, Frank C.; Peters, Janna; Renz, Jasmin; Dickmann, Miriam; Mohrholz, Volker; Dutz, Jörg; Hirche, Hans-Jürgen

    2012-12-01

    The deep basins in the Baltic Sea such as the Bornholm Basin (BB) are subject to seasonal changes in the strength of physico-chemical stratification. These depth-related changes in key abiotic factors are strong drivers of habitat partitioning by the autochthonous zooplankton community. Species-specific ecophysiological preferences often result in both seasonal and inter-annual changes in vertical abundance that, when combined with depth-specific water currents, also lead to horizontal differences in spatial distribution. The present study documented the seasonal and depth-specific changes in the abundance and species composition of zooplankton in the BB based upon broad-scale survey data: 832 vertically-resolved (10 m) multinet samples collected at nine stations between March 2002 and May 2003. Changes in the zooplankton community were significantly correlated with changes in ambient hydrography. Each of five taxa (Bosmina coregoni maritima, Acartia spp., Pseudocalanus spp., Temora longicornis, Synchaeta spp.) contributed >10% to the zooplankton community composition. The appearance of cladocerans was mainly correlated with the phenology of thermocline development in the spring. The cladoceran B. coregoni maritima was a dominant member of this community during the warmest periods, preferring the surface waters above the thermocline. Copepods exhibited distinct, ontogenetic and seasonal changes in their distribution. The rotifers (Synchaeta sp.) were the most abundant zooplankton in May. Based on a multivariate approach and the evaluation of vertical distribution patterns, five major habitat utilisation modes were identified that were based, to a large extent, on the dynamics of thermal and haline stratification of the Baltic Sea. Our statistical analysis of one of the most thorough datasets collected on Baltic zooplankton in recent decades reveals some of the factors that make this stratified system highly dynamic with respect to the spatial overlap between predators and prey. As fish and gelatinous plankton often feed in distinct layers and/or exhibit feeding migrations, the inhomogeneous distribution of potential prey can result in a spatial mismatch. Based on the five modes identified at the community level for zooplankton, we discuss how climate-driven hydrographic variability may influence the strength of trophic coupling within the Bornholm Basin.

  18. Migrant biomass and respiratory carbon flux by zooplankton and micronekton in the subtropical northeast Atlantic Ocean (Canary Islands)

    Ariza, A.; Garijo, J. C.; Landeira, J. M.; Bordes, F.; Hernández-León, S.

    2015-05-01

    Diel Vertical Migration (DVM) in marine ecosystems is performed by zooplankton and micronekton, promoting a poorly accounted export of carbon to the deep ocean. Major efforts have been made to estimate carbon export due to gravitational flux and to a lesser extent, to migrant zooplankton. However, migratory flux by micronekton has been largely neglected in this context, due to its time-consuming and difficult sampling. In this paper, we evaluated gravitational and migratory flux due to the respiration of zooplankton and micronekton in the northeast subtropical Atlantic Ocean (Canary Islands). Migratory flux was addressed by calculating the biomass of migrating components and measuring the electron transfer system (ETS) activity in zooplankton and dominant species representing micronekton (Euphausia gibboides, Sergia splendens and Lobianchia dofleini). Our results showed similar biomass in both components. The main taxa contributing to DVM within zooplankton were juvenile euphausiids, whereas micronekton were mainly dominated by fish, followed by adult euphausiids and decapods. The contribution to respiratory flux of zooplankton (3.4 ± 1.9 mg C m-2 d-1) was similar to that of micronekton (2.9 ± 1.0 mg C m-2 d-1). In summary, respiratory flux accounted for 53% (range 23-71) of the gravitational flux measured at 150 m depth (11.9 ± 5.8 mg C m-2 d-1). However, based on larger migratory ranges and gut clearance rates, micronekton are expected to be the dominant component that contributes to carbon export in deeper waters. Micronekton estimates in this paper as well as those in existing literature, although variable due to regional differences and difficulties in calculating their biomass, suggest that carbon fluxes driven by this community are important for future models of the biological carbon pump.

  19. More active vertical migration of 137 Cs towards the groundwater level within areas of intensive agricultural activities

    Effect of agricultural pollutants upon the rate of 137 Cs migration in soil profiles has been studied. To estimate changes in the radiocaesium migration capacity with the presence of high amounts of potassic fertilizers were applied within experimental plots with podzolic and peat-boggy soils. The results of layer-by layer soil and ground testing within experimental and untreated (without KCL) plots were used to estimate an increase of the diffusion coefficient and 137 Cs migration rate in these soils in the period from June to September. Experimental results obtained suggest that the soil section enrichment with potassium provides a several times increase of radiocaesium vertical migration along soil profiles towards the groundwater level

  20. Empirical evaluation of predator-driven diel vertical migration in Lake Superior

    Stockwell, J.D.; Hrabik, T.R.; Jensen, O.P.; Yule, D.L.; Balge, M.

    2010-01-01

    Recent studies on Lake Superior suggest that diel vertical migration (DVM) of prey (generalized Coregonus spp.) may be influenced by the density of predatory siscowet (Salvelinus namaycush). We empirically evaluated this hypothesis using data from acoustic, midwater trawl, and bottom trawl sampling at eight Lake Superior sites during three seasons in 2005 and a subset of sites in 2006. We expected the larger-bodied cisco (Coregonus artedi) to exhibit a shallower DVM compared with the smaller-bodied kiyi (Coregonus kiyi). Although DVM of kiyi and cisco were consistent with expectations of DVM as a size-dependent, predator-mediated process, we found no relationship between siscowet density and the magnitude of DVM of either coregonid. Cisco appear to have a size refuge from siscowet predation. Kiyi and siscowet co-occur in demersal habitat > 150 m during the day, where visual predation is unlikely, suggesting predator avoidance is not a factor in the daytime distribution of kiyi. Seasonal patterns of kiyi DVM were consistent with reported DVM of their primary prey Mysis relicta. Our results suggest that consideration of nonvisual foraging, rather than lightbased foraging theory (i.e., the antipredation window), is necessary to understand the processes driving DVM in deepwater systems.

  1. Flight periodicity and the vertical distribution of high-altitude moth migration over southern Britain.

    Wood, C R; Reynolds, D R; Wells, P M; Barlow, J F; Woiwod, I P; Chapman, J W

    2009-10-01

    The continuous operation of insect-monitoring radars in the UK has permitted, for the first time, the characterization of various phenomena associated with high-altitude migration of large insects over this part of northern Europe. Previous studies have taken a case-study approach, concentrating on a small number of nights of particular interest. Here, combining data from two radars, and from an extensive suction- and light-trapping network, we have undertaken a more systematic, longer-term study of diel flight periodicity and vertical distribution of macro-insects in the atmosphere. Firstly, we identify general features of insect abundance and stratification, occurring during the 24-hour cycle, which emerge from four years' aggregated radar data for the summer months in southern Britain. These features include mass emigrations at dusk and, to a lesser extent, at dawn and daytime concentrations associated with thermal convection. We then focus our attention on the well-defined layers of large nocturnal migrants that form in the early evening, usually at heights of 200-500 m above ground. We present evidence from both radar and trap data that these nocturnal layers are composed mainly of noctuid moths, with species such as Noctua pronuba, Autographa gamma, Agrotis exclamationis, A. segetum, Xestia c-nigrum and Phlogophora meticulosa predominating. PMID:19224662

  2. Global fallout 137Cs accumulation and vertical migration in selected soils from South Patagonia

    The spatial distribution and vertical migration of global fallout 137Cs were studied in soils from South Patagonia at the austral region of South America in semi-natural and natural environments located between 50-54 deg. S and 68-74 deg. W. The 137Cs areal activity density varied from 222 to 858 Bq m-2, and was found to be significantly positively correlated (ps of 137Cs in the soil in such polar isotundra climate has been determined to be 0.056 cm y-1. This value is higher than vs determined under polar climate (-0.012 cm y-1) and is near to the upper limit of vs-values determined in temperate environments from Chile (0.019 cm y-1). The median value of the diffusion coefficient Ds (0.048 cm2 y-1) is similar to Ds observed in an Antarctic region (0.043 cm2 y-1) and lower than Ds in temperate regions of Chile (1.24 cm2 y-1). About 35 years after the highest depositions, 137Cs had penetrated to a depth of 6-14 cm in the Patagonian soils and can be expected to remain in the rooting zone of grass for many decades. Nevertheless, because of its low transfer to steppe grass observed at this region, the radioecological sensitivity of this ecosystem with respect to fallout radiocesium seems to be lower than in other polar regions

  3. VERTICAL MIGRATION OF RADIONUCLIDES IN THE VICINITY OF THE CHERNOBYL CONFINEMENT SHELTER

    Farfan, E.; Jannik, T.; Marra, J.

    2011-10-01

    Studies on vertical migration of Chernobyl-origin radionuclides in the 5-km zone of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) in the area of the Red Forest experimental site were completed. Measurements were made by gamma spectrometric methods using high purity germanium (HPGe) detectors with beryllium windows. Alpha-emitting isotopes of plutonium were determined by the measurement of the x-rays from their uranium progeny. The presence of {sup 60}Co, {sup 134,137}Cs, {sup 154,155}Eu, and {sup 241}Am in all soil layers down to a depth of 30 cm was observed. The presence of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 241}Am were noted in the area containing automorphous soils to a depth of 60 cm. In addition, the upper soil layers at the test site were found to contain {sup 243}Am and {sup 243}Cm. Over the past ten years, the {sup 241}Am/{sup 137}Cs ratio in soil at the experimental site has increased by a factor of 3.4, nearly twice as much as would be predicted based solely on radioactive decay. This may be due to 'fresh' fallout emanating from the ChNPP Confinement Shelter.

  4. Vertical distribution and population structure of copepods along the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

    Falkenhaug, Tone; Gislason, Ástthor; Gaard, Eilif

    2007-01-01

    The Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) between 40°N (Azores) and 63°N (Iceland) is the largest topographic feature in the North Atlantic Ocean. Despite generally limited surface production, there is evidence that the mid-ocean ridges are ecologically important for higher trophic levels relative to the surrounding open ocean. Vertical migrations of zooplankton are one of the primary mechanisms for the vertical transfer of carbon from surface waters to the deeper waters and sediments. The complicated top...

  5. MHD mixed convection in a vertical annulus filled with Al2O3–water nanofluid considering nanoparticle migration

    In the current study, an MHD mixed convection of alumina/water nanofluid inside a vertical annular pipe is investigated theoretically. The model used for the nanofluid mixture involves Brownian motion and thermophoretic diffusivities in order to take into account the effects of nanoparticle migration. Since the thermophoresis is the main mechanism of the nanoparticle migration, different temperature gradients have been imposed using the asymmetric heating. Considering hydrodynamically and thermally fully developed flow, the governing equations have been reduced to two-point ordinary boundary value differential equations and they have been solved numerically. It is revealed that the imposed thermal asymmetry would change the direction of nanoparticle migration and distorts the velocity, temperature and nanoparticle concentration profiles. Moreover, it is shown that the advantage of nanofluids in heat transfer enhancement is reduced in the presence of a magnetic field. - Highlights: • MHD mixed convection of alumina/water nanofluid inside a vertical annulus. • The effects of nanoparticle migration on rheological and thermophysical characteristics. • The effects of asymmetric heating on nanoparticle migration. • The effects of asymmetric heating on the heat transfer enhancement. • Inclusion of nanoparticles in presence of a magnetic field has a negative effect on performance

  6. Risks of increased UV-B radiation for zooplankton

    Zooplankters are for several reasons bound to luminous water layers and are consequently prone to the danger of UV-B radiation. Despite their various protective mechanisms (e.g. pigmentation, circardian vertical migration) and strong UV-B absorption in natural waters, this danger cannot be eliminated altogether. In eutrophic lakes during summer a few hours of exposure to sunlight can already be lethal for some species. Other species which are able to populate even shallow pools in mountainous regions may survive in similar conditions. Escape from death through UV-B radiation of course does not exclude sublethal impairment of these organisms' fitness. Such inconspicuous tendencies are nevertheless capable of altering the species make-up of pelagic biocoenoses. As the current conditions have been shown to lead to both lethal and sublethal impairment, it must be assumed that the risks for zooplankton will continue to grow with increasing UV-B radiation, especially in oligatrophic lakes. (orig.)

  7. Depth-selection patterns and diel vertical migration of Daphnia ambigua (Crustacea: Cladocera in lake El Plateado Patrones de selección de profundidad y migración vertical de Daphnia ambigua (Crustacea: Cladocera en el lago El Plateado

    RODRIGO RAMOS-JILIBERTO

    2001-09-01

    Full Text Available Eutrophic temperate and sub-tropical lakes often exhibit a marked vertical structure during the warm season that involves important spatial differences of physical, chemical and biological variables. Therefore, zooplankton is exposed to a highly heterogeneous environment in the vertical dimension. In this work, We analyze the depth-distribution of the cladoceran Daphnia ambigua in the eutrophic, monomictic lake El Plateado at midday and midnight, along with its relationship with the vertical distribution of water temperature and dissolved oxygen concentration. We also attempt to define whether or not this population exhibits a diel vertical migration. The results show significant changes in the day/night vertical distribution of D. ambigua during its growing season, with the exception of the last date. Also, the data revealed that average depth selected by D. ambigua becomes shallower with time, and the amplitude of the vertical migration decreases throughout the season. During the period of lake stratification, temperature appears positively correlated, and oxygen negatively correlated to the frequency of D. ambigua. It is suggested that oxygen concentration plays a crucial role in modulating the vertical migration behavior of D. ambigua in lake El Plateado, which has important consequences for understanding the atypical pattern of population dynamics exhibited by this speciesLos lagos templados y sub-tropicales a menudo presentan una marcada estructura vertical durante la estación cálida que involucra importantes diferencias espaciales de variables físicas, químicas y biológicas. El zooplancton se encuentra por ello expuesto a un ambiente marcadamente heterogéneo en su dimensión vertical. En este trabajo analizamos la distribución vertical del cladócero D. ambigua en el lago eutrófico y monomíctico El Plateado, a mediodía y a medianoche, y su relación con la distribución vertical de la temperatura del agua y concentración de oxígeno disuelto. Intentamos también definir si esta población exhibe o no una conducta de migración vertical. Los resultados muestran cambios significativos en la distribución vertical día/noche de D. ambigua durante su periodo de crecimiento, con excepción de la última fecha. Los datos revelan también que la profundidad promedio seleccionada por D. ambigua disminuye en el tiempo, así como la amplitud de la migración vertical. Dentro del periodo de estratificación del lago, la temperatura aparece positivamente correlacionada y el oxígeno negativamente correlacionado con la frecuencia de D. ambigua. Se sugiere que la concentración de oxígeno juega un papel crucial en la modulación de la conducta de migración vertical de D. ambigua en el lago El Plateado, con importantes consecuencias para el entendimiento del patrón atípico de dinámica poblacional que presenta esta especie

  8. Seasonal migration, vertical activity and winter temperature experience of Greenland halibut Reinhardtius hippoglossoides (Walbaum) in West Greenland waters

    Boje, Jesper; Neuenfeldt, Stefan; Sparrevohn, Claus Reedtz; Eigaard, Ole Ritzau; Behrens, Jane

    2014-01-01

    The deep-water flatfish Greenland halibut Reinhardtius hippoglossoides (Walbaum) is common along the West Greenland coast. In the northwestern fjords, Greenland halibut is an important socio-economic resource for the Greenland community, but due to the deep and partly ice-covered environment, very...... little is known about its behavior and habitat characteristics. We tagged adult Greenland halibut in the waters off Ilulissat with electronic data storage tags that collected information on depth, temperature, and time. Although clear differences between individuals in migration and vertical behavior...... were present, we discovered a consistent seasonal migration from the relatively shallow-water Disko Bay area into the deep waters of the Ilulissat Icefjord, where the fish resided in the winter months before returning to Disko Bay. Vertical activity was pronounced at both locations, with fish covering...

  9. The effect of sorption properties of soil minerals on the vertical migration rate of cesium in soil

    The vertical distribution of 137Cs is shown for two types of soil: silty loamy 'supposed' soil and silty lessive one, slightly eroded, occurring in the vicinity of Lublin (Eastern Poland). Based on the distribution data the vertical migration rates of 137Cs are calculated for both soils. These rates are found to be 0.045 and 0.3 cm/year respectively. The percent contribution of 137Cs originating from the damaged reactor in Chernobyl is also calculated. The kinetics of cesium adsorption and its adsorption isotherms on minerals separated from the tested soils are also studied. The sorption of Cs on soil minerals markedly affects the migration rate of 137Cs in soil. The experimental results indicate that, among the extracted mineral fractions, the largest adsorption takes place on marls from the silty loamy soil. This work is supplemented by results of a physicochemical analysis of the studied soils. (author)

  10. Individual-based simulation of diel vertical migration of Daphnia : a synthesis of proximate and ultimate factors

    Rinke, Karsten; Petzoldt, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    Diel vertical migration (DVM) of Daphnia is a well-studied inducible defence mechanism against predation by fish. Our study is anchored in constructing an individual-based model of DVM in order to bring established knowledge about essential key processes into a synthesis. For that purpose, we combined information about both proximate and ultimate factors of DVM with the intention to unify published results from these historically separated lines of research. The model consists of three submod...

  11. Cross-shelf transport of pink shrimp larvae: Interactions of tidal currents, larval vertical migrations and internal tides

    Criales, M.M.; Browder, J.A.; Mooers, C.N.K.; Robblee, M.B.; Cardenas, H.; Jackson, T.L.

    2007-01-01

    Transport and behavior of pink shrimp Farfantepenaeus duorarum larvae were investigated on the southwestern Florida (SWF) shelf of the Gulf of Mexico between the Dry Tortugas spawning grounds and Florida Bay nursery grounds. Stratified plankton samples and hydrographic data were collected at 2 h intervals at 3 stations located on a cross-shelf transect. At the Marquesas station, midway between Dry Tortugas and Florida Bay, internal tides were recognized by anomalously cool water, a shallow thermocline with strong density gradients, strong current shear, and a high concentration of pink shrimp larvae at the shallow thermocline. Low Richardson numbers occurred at the pycnocline depth, indicating vertical shear instability and possible turbulent transport from the lower to the upper layer where myses and postlarvae were concentrated. Analysis of vertically stratified plankton suggested that larvae perform vertical migrations and the specific behavior changes ontogenetically; protozoeae were found deeper than myses, and myses deeper than postlarvae. Relative concentrations of protozoea in the upper, middle and bottom layers were consistent with a diel vertical migration, whereas that of postlarvae and myses were consistent with the semidiurnal tides in phase with the flood tide. Postlarvae, the shallowest dwellers that migrate with a semidiurnal periodicity, experienced the largest net onshore flux and larval concentrations were highly correlated with the cross-shelf current. These results provide the first evidence of an onshore tidal transport (a type of selective tidal stream transport, STST), in decapod larvae migrating in continental shelf waters offshore, ca. 100 km from the coast and at a depth of 20 m, while approaching the coastal nursery grounds. Longer time series would be necessary to establish whether internal tides play any role in the larval onshore transport of this species and determine if the STST is the dominant onshore transport mechanism. ?? Inter-Research 2007 .

  12. Zooplankton body composition

    Kiørboe, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    I compiled literature on zooplankton body composition, from protozoans to gelatinous plankton, and report allometric relations and average body composition. Zooplankton segregate into gelatinous and non-gelatinousforms, with few intermediate taxa (chaetognaths, polychaetes, and pteropods). In most groups body composition is size independent. Exceptions are protozoans, chaetognaths, and pteropods, where larger individuals becomeincreasingly watery. I speculate about the dichotomy in body compo...

  13. Study on the rate of plutonium vertical migration in various soil types of Lublin region (Eastern Poland)

    Soil contamination level with 239+240Pu of Lublin region was determined using the alpha spectrometric method. Results were compared with similar data from the study performed 15 year earlier. Decrease in total 239+240Pu concentration and reducing quantity of Chernobyl fraction (up to almost negligible value of 1 %) has been observed in upper soil layer. Determination of 239+240Pu concentration in soil profile layers allows calculating a vertical migration velocity of plutonium applying a compartment migration model. It was found that 239+240Pu migration rate varies depending on soil type from 0.29 cm year-1 in Podsols to 0.58 cm year-1 in Fluvisols with mean value of 0.5 cm year-1. (author)

  14. Comparing the diel vertical migration of Karlodinium veneficum (dinophyceae) and Chattonella subsalsa (Raphidophyceae): PSII photochemistry, circadian control, and carbon assimilation.

    Tilney, Charles L; Hoadley, Kenneth D; Warner, Mark E

    2015-02-01

    Diel vertical migration (DVM) is thought to provide an adaptive advantage to some phytoplankton, and may help determine the ecological niche of certain harmful algae. Here we separately compared DVM patterns between two species of harmful algae isolated from the Delaware Inland Bays, Karlodinium veneficum and Chattonella subsalsa, in laboratory columns. We interpreted the DVM patterns of each species with Photosystem II (PSII) photochemistry, rates of carbon assimilation, and specific growth rates. Each species migrated differently, wherein K. veneficum migrated closer to the surface each day with high population synchrony, while C. subsalsa migrated near to the surface from the first day of measurements with low population synchrony. Both species appeared to downregulate PSII in high light at the surface, but by different mechanisms. C. subsalsa grew slower than K. veneficum in low light intensities (?bottom of columns), and exhibited maximal rates of C-assimilation (Pmax) at surface light intensities, suggesting this species may prefer high light, potentially explaining this species' rapid surface migration. Contrastingly, K. veneficum showed declines in carbon assimilation at surface light intensities, and exhibited a smaller reduction in growth at low (bottom) light intensities (compared to C. subsalsa), suggesting that this species' step-wise migration was photoacclimative and determined daily migration depth. DVM was found to be under circadian control in C. subsalsa, but not in K. veneficum. However, there was little evidence for circadian regulation of PSII photochemistry in either species. Migration conformed to each species' physiology, and the results contribute to our understanding each alga's realized environmental niche. PMID:25618815

  15. Importance des phénomènes de migration verticale des hydrocarbures Significance of Vertical Migration Phenomea of Hydrocarbons

    Chiarelle A.; Du Rouchet J.

    2006-01-01

    Cette publication a pour but de démonter les mécanismes de migration verticale des hydrocarbures et d'en analyser les conséquences, à partir d'exemples concrets choisis sur les domaines d'activité de la Société Nationale Elf Aquitaine (Production) [SNEA (P)J. Les hydrocarbures, huile et gaz, rassemblés en phase individualisée évoluent dans un milieu poreux, fin, généralement mouillé à l'eau. Dans un tel environnement la migration suppose des pressions capillaires élevées. On démontre que cett...

  16. Complex vertical migration of larvae of the ghost shrimp, Nihonotrypaea harmandi, in inner shelf waters of western Kyushu, Japan

    Tamaki, Akio; Mandal, Sumit; Agata, Yoshihiro; Aoki, Ikumi; Suzuki, Toshikazu; Kanehara, Hisao; Aoshima, Takashi; Fukuda, Yasushi; Tsukamoto, Hideshi; Yanagi, Tetsuo

    2010-01-01

    The position of meroplanktonic larvae in the water column with depth-dependent current velocities determines horizontal transport trajectories. For those larvae occurring in inner shelf waters, little is known about how combined diel and tidally-synchronized vertical migration patterns shift ontogenetically. The vertical migration of larvae of Nihonotrypaea harmandi (Decapoda: Thalassinidea: Callianassidae) was investigated in mesotidal, inner shelf waters of western Kyushu, Japan in July-August 2006. The larval sampling at seven depth layers down to 60 m was conducted every 3 h for 36 h in a 68.5-m deep area 10 km off a major coastal adult habitat. Within a 61-65-m deep area 5-7.5 km off the adult habitat, water temperature, salinity, chlorophyll a concentration, and photon flux density were measured, and water currents there were characterized from harmonic analysis of current meter data collected in 2008. The water column was stratified, with pycnocline, chlorophyll a concentration maximum, and 2% of photon flux density at 2 m, recorded at around 22-24 m. The stratified residual currents were detected in their north component, directed offshore and onshore in the upper and lower mixed layers, respectively. More than 87% of larvae occurred between 20 m and 60 m, producing a net onshore transport of approximately 1.3 km d -1. At the sunset flooding tide, all zoeal-stage larvae ascended, which could further promote retention (1.4-km potential onshore transport in 3 h). The actual onshore transport of larvae was detected by observing their occurrence pattern in a shallow embayment area with the adult habitat for 24 h in October 1994. However, ontogenetic differences in the vertical migration pattern in inner shelf waters were also apparent, with the maximum mean positions of zoeae deepening with increasing stages. Zoeae I and II performed a reverse diel migration, with their minimum and maximum depths being reached around noon and midnight, respectively. Zoeae IV and V descended continuously. Zoeae III had behaviors that were intermediate to those of the earlier- and later-stage zoeae. Postlarvae underwent a normal diel migration (nocturnal ascent) regardless of tides, with the deepest position (below 60 m and/or on the bottom) during the day. These findings give a new perspective towards how complex vertical migration patterns in meroplanktonic larvae enable their retention in inner shelf waters before the final entry of postlarvae into their natal populations.

  17. Assessment of brine migration risks along vertical pathways due to CO2 injection

    Kissinger, Alexander; Class, Holger

    2015-04-01

    Global climate change, shortage of resources and the growing usage of renewable energy sources has lead to a growing demand for the utilization of subsurface systems. Among these competing uses are Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), geothermal energy, nuclear waste disposal, 'renewable' methane or hydrogen storage as well as the ongoing production of fossil resources like oil, gas and coal. Additionally, these technologies may also create conflicts with essential public interests such as water supply. For example, the injection of CO2 into the subsurface causes an increase in pressure reaching far beyond the actual radius of influence of the CO2 plume, potentially leading to large amounts of displaced salt water. In this work we focus on the large scale impacts of CO2 storage on brine migration but the methodology and the obtained results may also apply to other fields like waste water disposal, where large amounts of fluid are injected into the subsurface. In contrast to modeling on the reservoir scale the spatial scale required for this work is much larger in both vertical and lateral direction, as the regional hydrogeology has to be considered. Structures such as fault zones, hydrogeological windows in the Rupelian clay or salt domes are considered as potential pathways for displaced fluids into shallow systems and their influence has to be taken into account. We put the focus of our investigations on the latter type of scenario, since there is still a poor understanding of the role that salt diapirs would play in CO2 storage projects. As there is hardly any field data available on this scale, we compare different levels of model complexity in order to identify the relevant processes for brine displacement and simplify the modeling process wherever possible, for example brine injection vs. CO2 injection, simplified geometries vs. the complex formation geometry and the role of salt induced density differences on flow. Further we investigate the impact of the displaced brine due to CO2 injection and compare it to the natural fluid exchange between shallow and deep aquifers in order to asses possible damage.

  18. Depth-selection patterns and diel vertical migration of Daphnia ambigua (Crustacea: Cladocera) in lake El Plateado Patrones de selección de profundidad y migración vertical de Daphnia ambigua (Crustacea: Cladocera) en el lago El Plateado

    RODRIGO RAMOS-JILIBERTO; LUIS R. ZÚÑIGA

    2001-01-01

    Eutrophic temperate and sub-tropical lakes often exhibit a marked vertical structure during the warm season that involves important spatial differences of physical, chemical and biological variables. Therefore, zooplankton is exposed to a highly heterogeneous environment in the vertical dimension. In this work, We analyze the depth-distribution of the cladoceran Daphnia ambigua in the eutrophic, monomictic lake El Plateado at midday and midnight, along with its relationship with the vertical ...

  19. Zooplankton from Lake Magelungen, Central Sweden 1960-1963

    Almquist, Elisabeth

    1970-11-15

    The investigation of the zooplankton of Lake Magelungen, Central Sweden, was carried out over a period of three years. The aim of the investigation was to illustrate the qualitative and quantitative composition of the zooplankton before the release of waste water from the Aagesta Heat and Power Station began. Vertical sampling series were collected once a month at three different stations in the lake. The highest volumes of zooplankton were obtained in the summer. The ciliates predominated when the conditions were unfavourable for other zooplankton, as in winter just below the ice. The rotifers dominated during and immediately after the spring circulation. With one exception the crustaceans reached their peak volume values in August or September. The composition of the zooplankton indicates that Lake Magelungen is highly eutrophic

  20. Zooplankton from Lake Magelungen, Central Sweden 1960-1963

    The investigation of the zooplankton of Lake Magelungen, Central Sweden, was carried out over a period of three years. The aim of the investigation was to illustrate the qualitative and quantitative composition of the zooplankton before the release of waste water from the Aagesta Heat and Power Station began. Vertical sampling series were collected once a month at three different stations in the lake. The highest volumes of zooplankton were obtained in the summer. The ciliates predominated when the conditions were unfavourable for other zooplankton, as in winter just below the ice. The rotifers dominated during and immediately after the spring circulation. With one exception the crustaceans reached their peak volume values in August or September. The composition of the zooplankton indicates that Lake Magelungen is highly eutrophic

  1. Acoustic insights into the zooplankton dynamics of the eastern Weddell Sea

    Cisewski, Boris; Strass, Volker H.

    2016-05-01

    The success of any efforts to determine the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems depends on understanding in the first instance the natural variations, which contemporarily occur on the interannual and shorter time scales. Here we present results on the environmental controls of zooplankton distribution patterns and behaviour in the eastern Weddell Sea, Southern Ocean. Zooplankton abundance and vertical migration are derived from the mean volume backscattering strength (MVBS) and the vertical velocity measured by moored acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs), which were deployed simultaneously at 64°S, 66.5°S and 69°S along the Greenwich Meridian from February, 2005, until March, 2008. While these time series span a period of full three years they resolve hourly changes. A highly persistent behavioural pattern found at all three mooring locations is the synchronous diel vertical migration (DVM) of two distinct groups of zooplankton that migrate between a deep residence depth during daytime and a shallow depth during nighttime. The DVM was closely coupled to the astronomical daylight cycles. However, while the DVM was symmetric around local noon, the annual modulation of the DVM was clearly asymmetric around winter solstice or summer solstice, respectively, at all three mooring sites. DVM at our observation sites persisted throughout winter, even at the highest latitude exposed to the polar night. Since the magnitude as well as the relative rate of change of illumination is minimal at this time, we propose that the ultimate causes of DVM separated from the light-mediated proximal cue that coordinates it. In all three years, a marked change in the migration behaviour occurred in late spring (late October/early November), when DVM ceased. The complete suspension of DVM after early November is possibly caused by the combination of two factors: (1) increased availability of food in the surface mixed layer provided by the phytoplankton spring bloom, and (2) vanishing diurnal enhancement of the threat from visually oriented predators when the illumination is quasi-continuous during the polar and subpolar summer. Zooplankton abundance in the water column, estimated as the mean MVBS in the depth range 50-300 m, was highest end of summer and lowest mid to end winter on the average annual cycle. However, zooplankton abundance varied several-fold between years and between locations. Based on satellite and in situ data of chlorophyll and sea ice as well as on hydrographic measurements, the interannual and spatial variations of zooplankton mean abundance can be explained by differences in the magnitude of the phytoplankton spring bloom, which develops during the seasonal sea ice retreat. Whereas the vernal ice melt appears necessary to stimulate the blooming of phytoplankton, it is not the determinator of the blooms magnitude, its areal extent and duration. A possible explanation for the limitation of the phytoplankton bloom in some years is top-down control. We hypothesise that the phytoplankton spring development can be curbed by grazing when the zooplankton had attained high abundance by growth during the preceding summer.

  2. 137Cs vertical migration in a deciduous forest soil following the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident

    The large amount of 137Cs deposited on the forest floor because of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident represents a major potential long-term source for mobile 137Cs. To investigate 137Cs mobility in forest soils, we investigated the vertical migration of 137Cs through seepage water, using a lysimetric method. The study was conducted in a deciduous forest soil over a period spanning 2 month to 2 y after the Fukushima nuclear accident. Our observations demonstrated that the major part of 137Cs in the litter layer moved into the mineral soil within one year after the accident. On the other hand, the topsoil prevented migration of 137Cs, and only 2% of 137Cs in the leachate from litter and humus layer penetrated below a 10 cm depth. The annual migration below a 10 cm depth accounted for 0.1% of the total 137Cs inventory. Therefore, the migration of 137Cs by seepage water comprised only a very small part of the total 137Cs inventory in the mineral soil, which was undetectable from the vertical distribution of 137Cs in the soil profile. In the present and immediate future, most of the 137Cs deposited on the forest floor will probably remain in the topsoil successively, although a small but certain amount of bioavailable 137Cs exists in forest surface soil. -- Highlights: Lysimeter captured 137Cs mobility in a forest soil after the Fukushima accident. Major part of 137Cs in the litter layer moved into the mineral soil within a year. Litter-leachate 137Cs was predominantly adsorbed within the topsoil. The annual migration below a 10 cm depth was 0.1% of the total 137Cs inventory

  3. Hydrographic structure and zooplankton abundance and diversity off Paita, northern Peru (1994 to 2004) — ENSO effects, trends and changes

    Aronés, Katia; Ayón, Patricia; Hirche, Hans-Jürgen; Schwamborn, Ralf

    2009-11-01

    The objective of the present study was to verify possible spatial, seasonal, and inter-annual changes in the zooplankton off Paita (northern Peru), an upwelling area located closely to the limits of cold Humboldt Current and warm Equatorial Surface Waters. Zooplankton was sampled at subsurface on 53 occasions from August 1994 to December 2004 at four stations located 2 to 30 km offshore with a WP-2 net (300 µm). Extremely high surface water temperatures combined with low salinities were observed during the 1997/98 El Niño up to 29.0 °C) and in April 2002 (up to 25.0 °C). Temperatures more than 2 °C above monthly average were also observed in October 1994, in April 2000, and in November 2004. Significant trends were observed for oxygen concentration (increase) and several horizontal and vertical gradients. Among the copepods (72% of all individuals), the most abundant species were Paracalanus parvus (28%), Acartia tonsa (26%), and Calanus sp. (10%). The strong 1997-98 El Niño (EN) event led to drastic changes in species composition that were reversed during the 1998-99 La Niña (LN) event. Community parameters such as total abundance, diversity, equitability and species richness displayed marked variations associated with the 1997-98 EN and long-term trends. Long-term trends were significant for several vertical and horizontal temperature and oxygen gradients, indicating an increase in upwelling intensity at the shelf during the study period. 10-year-trends were also significant for total zooplankton abundance (increase) and community evenness ( J, decline). Our data confirmed the importance of the weak EN in 2002/03 for the study region. Within the trend of increasing zooplankton abundance, a sharp step or shift was observed from 1999 to 2000. When using sequential t-tests to detect shifts in ( x + 1) transformed abundance data, a significant rupture was found between the last sampling in 1999 and the first sampling in 2000. Also, a substantial decrease in diel variability occurred after 1999, probably due to changes in vertical migration patterns. The considerable increase in zooplankton abundance over the study period, the ENSO effect, and the 1999-2000 transition are discussed with regard to synchronicity with other zooplankton time series. The present study contributes with the first evidence from an important area located in the Humboldt Current for synchronous trends and changes that were previously observed elsewhere in the Pacific. Our results demonstrated the importance of long-term zooplankton monitoring studies in upwelling areas, and confirms the idea of dramatic changes in pelagic ecosystem structure occurring in the East Pacific.

  4. Vertical migration of Chernobyl-derived radiocesium in Bavarian grassland soils

    Although the behavior of radiocesium in terrestrial ecosystems has been studied in detail, as recently reviewed by Avery, long-term migration data on Chernobyl-derived radiocesium in grassland soils are scarce, especially in typical soils of Western Europe. The objective of the present investigation was therefore to determine the migration of Chernobyl-derived radiocesium within the root zone (ca. 0-15 cm) of ten undisturbed Bavarian grassland soils. To obtain information on the large-scale spatial variability of the cesium migration the sampling sites were selected randomly within an area of about 100x200 km. The migration of radiocesium was characterized by the corresponding residence half-times in the various soil layers at each site. (orig./AJ)

  5. Zooplankton body composition

    Kiørboe, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    I compiled literature on zooplankton body composition, from protozoans to gelatinous plankton, and report allometric relations and average body composition. Zooplankton segregate into gelatinous and non-gelatinous forms, with few intermediate taxa (chaetognaths, polychaetes, and pteropods). In most...... groups body composition is size independent. Exceptions are protozoans, chaetognaths, and pteropods, where larger individuals become increasingly watery. I speculate about the dichotomy in body composition and argue that differences in feeding mechanisms and predator avoidance strategies favor either a...

  6. Effect of plant trichomes on the vertical migration of Haemonchus contortus infective larvae on five tropical forages.

    Oliveira, Aruaque L F; Costa, Ciniro; Rodella, Roberto A; Silva, Bruna F; Amarante, Alessandro F T

    2009-06-01

    The influence of trichomes on vertical migration and survival of Haemonchus contortus infective larvae (L3) on different forages was investigated. Four different forages showing different distributions of trichomes (Brachiaria brizantha cv. Marandu, Brachiaria brizantha cv. Xaraes, Andropogon gayanus, and Stylosanthes spp.), and one forage species without trichomes (Panicum maximum cv. Tanzania), were used. Forages cut at the post-grazing height were contaminated with faeces containing L3. Samples of different grass strata (0-10, 10-20, >20 cm) and faeces were collected for L3 quantification once per week over four weeks. In all forages studied, the highest L3 recovery occurred seven days after contamination, with the lowest recovery on A. gayanus. In general, larvae were found on all forages' strata. However, most of the larvae were at the lower stratum. There was no influence of trichomes on migration and survival of H. contortus L3 on the forages. PMID:18975119

  7. Predator evasion in zooplankton is suppressed by polyunsaturated fatty acid limitation.

    Brzezi?ski, Tomasz; von Elert, Eric

    2015-11-01

    Herbivorous zooplankton avoid size-selective predation by vertical migration to a deep, cold water refuge. Adaptation to low temperatures in planktonic poikilotherms depends on essential dietary lipids; the availability of these lipids often limits growth and reproduction of zooplankton. We hypothesized that limitation by essential lipids may affect habitat preferences and predator avoidance behavior in planktonic poikilotherms. We used a liposome supplementation technique to enrich the green alga Scenedesmus obliquus and the cyanobacterium Synecchococcus elongatus with the essential lipids, cholesterol and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and an indoor system with a stratified water-column (plankton organ) to test whether the absence of these selected dietary lipids constrains predator avoidance (habitat preferences) in four species of the key-stone pelagic freshwater grazer Daphnia. We found that the capability of avoiding fish predation through habitat shift to the deeper and colder environment was suppressed in Daphnia unless the diet was supplemented with EPA; however, the availability of cholesterol did not affect habitat preferences of the tested taxa. Thus, their ability to access a predator-free refuge and the outcome of predator-prey interactions depends upon food quality (i.e. the availability of an essential fatty acid). Our results suggest that biochemical food quality limitation, a bottom-up factor, may affect the top-down control of herbivorous zooplankton. PMID:26232092

  8. Seasonal and regional change in vertical distribution and diel vertical migration of four euphausiid species (Euphausia pacifica, Thysanoessa inspinata, T. longipes, and Tessarabrachion oculatum) in the northwestern Pacific

    Sogawa, Sayaka; Sugisaki, Hiroya; Saito, Hiroaki; Okazaki, Yuji; Ono, Tsuneo; Shimode, Shinji; Kikuchi, Tomohiko

    2016-03-01

    We studied seasonal and regional change in vertical distribution and DVM patterns of four euphausiid species (Euphausia pacifica, Thysanoessa inspinata, Thysanoessa longipes, and Tessarabrachion oculatum) from two years of surveys using MOCNESS above 1500 m depth across a transect in 3 regions of the northwestern (NW) Pacific, off east of Japan; Oyashio, Kuroshio, and Oyashio-Kuroshio Mixed Water Regions (MWR). The four euphausiid species exhibited a regional change in vertical distribution, i.e., slightly deeper in the MWR and much deeper in the Kuroshio region than in the Oyashio region. They found in higher and wider temperature ranges in the MWR than in the Oyashio region, which demonstrated that the four species were able to adapt to different temperatures in different regions. In the MWR and Oyashio regions, E. pacifica is a surface migrant (differences between day and night mean median depths, D-N, were ca. 300 m) and T. oculatum is a moderate subsurface migrant that performs short DVM in the upper mesopelagic zone (D-N ca. 100 m). The other two morphologically similar Thysanoessa species (T. inspinata and T. longipes) segregated vertically between E. pacifica and T. oculatum at night in the Oyashio region, suggesting vertical habitat partitioning with the former two species but not with themselves. However, a seasonal pattern was observed in the vertical distribution and DVM of T. longipes in the Oyashio region. It behaves as a surface migrant in May, whereas most of individuals were found in the mesopelagic layer in September. In contrast, T. inspinata did not exhibit a clear DVM throughout the year (i.e., a moderate subsurface migrant). This seasonal difference might be a strategy to minimize competition between related species. Among the four species, only E. pacifica was found in higher temperatures at night than during the daytime, and the highest temperatures at the median depth varied among species (from 7.5 °C to 13.7 °C) although the lowest temperature did not vary greatly (from 1.0 °C to 1.8 °C), which indicates high temperatures act as a limiting factor as opposed to low temperatures. Furthermore, the integrated chlorophyll a values exhibited significant negative correlation with median depths of only E. pacifica at night. These results indicate a strategy which makes E. pacifica the dominant species in the area, that is, it has a trade-off of long migrations and a warmer environment that accelerates metabolism, in return for obtaining a food-rich environment.

  9. Zooplankton associated with the oxygen minimum zone system in the northern upwelling region of Chile during March 2000

    Escribano, Ruben; Hidalgo, Pamela; Krautz, Cristina

    2009-07-01

    Zooplankton in the coastal upwelling region off northern Chile may play a significant biogeochemical role by promoting carbon flux into the subsurface OMZ (oxygen minimum zone). This work identifies the dominant zooplankton species inhabiting the area influenced by the OMZ in March 2000 off Iquique (20°S, northern Chile). Abundance and vertical distribution studies revealed 17 copepod and 9 euphausiid species distributed between the surface and 600 m at four stations sampled both by day and by night. Some abundant species remained in the well-oxygenated upper layer (30 m), with no evidence of diel vertical migration, apparently restricted by a shallow (40-60 m) oxycline. Other species, however, were found closely associated with the OMZ. The large-sized copepod Eucalanus inermis was found below the oxycline and performed diel vertical migrations into the OMZ, whereas the very abundant Euphausia mucronata performed extensive diel vertical migrations between the surface waters and the core of the OMZ (200 m), even crossing it. A complete assessment of copepods and euphausiids revealed that the whole sampled water column (0-600 m) is occupied by distinct species having well-defined habitats, some of them within the OMZ. Ontogenetic migrations were evident in Eucalanidae and E. mucronata. Estimates of species biomass showed a substantial (>75% of total zooplankton biomass) daily exchange of C between the photic layer and the OMZ. Both E. inermis and E. mucronata can actively exchange about 37.8 g C m -2 d -1 between the upper well-oxygenated (0-60 m) layer and the deeper (60-600 m) OMZ layer. This migrant biomass may contribute about 7.2 g C m -2 d -1 to the OMZ system through respiration, mortality, and production of fecal pellets within the OMZ. This movement of zooplankton in and out of the OMZ, mainly as a result of the migratory behavior of E. mucronata, suggests a very efficient mechanism for introducing large amounts of freshly produced carbon into the OMZ system and should, therefore, be considered when establishing C budgets for coastal upwelling systems.

  10. Mathematical model of 137Cs vertical migration in a forest soil

    A detailed simulation model for prediction of the magnitude and direction of radionuclide migration in forest soils is described. The mathematical model has been constructed to simulate 137Cs dynamics in the soddy podzolic soils of a mixed forest system (predominantly oak with some birch and pine) in the 30-km zone around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP). Field data gathered by the Radioecology Laboratory of Moscow State University were used both for parameterization of the model and also for validation. Some problems encountered in the mathematical modeling of 137Cs migration in these ecosystems are discussed. (Author)

  11. Evidence of vertical migration in the Ipanema bat Pygoderma bilabiatum (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae: Stenodermatinae)

    Carlos E. L., Esbrard; Isaac P. de, Lima; Pedro H., Nobre; Srgio L., Althoff; Tssia, Jordo-Nogueira; Daniela, Dias; Fernando, Carvalho; Marta E., Fabin; Margareth L., Sekiama; Artur Stanke, Sobrinho.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Migration is defined as a seasonal and cyclic population movement observed in all animal classes and studied mainly in vertebrates. A considerable part of the knowledge on migration comes from birds, for which migration is an important aspect of their biology. In the case of bats, females usually mi [...] grate larger distances than males in some species. The present study analyzes the seasonal occurrence of Pygoderma bilabiatum (Wagner, 1843) at different elevations, in order to test for a pattern that evidences migration, using data from the states of Esprito Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, So Paulo, Paran, Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. A total of 529 specimens of P. bilabiatum were captured. Pygoderma bilabiatum seems to be more frequent at intermediate and high elevations (over 80% of all captures were made above 250 m a.s.l.) and at latitudes above 22S, where rainfall is high (over 1,500 mm) and temperatures are mild (16-23C). Sex ratio varied with elevation; it was skewed towards males at lower elevations (N = 9, r = 0.60, F = 12.311, p = 0.008, Sex ratio = 0.0004*elevation + 0.976), though females predominated at all altitudinal bands and in all states analyzed.

  12. Vertical Migration of Radionuclides in Soils on the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) Exclusion Zone (1987-2007)

    Jannik, G. T.; Ivanov, Y. A.; Kashparov, V. A.; Levchuk, S. E.; Bondarkov, M. D.; Maksymenko, A. M.; Farfan, E. B.; Marra, J. C.

    2009-12-01

    In 1986-1987, a set of experimental sites for studies of vertical migration of radionuclides released from the ChNPP was established in the ChNPP Exclusion Zone for various fallout plumes. The sites were selected considering local terrain and geo-chemical conditions, as well as physical and chemical characteristics of the fallout. The experimental sites included grasslands, and pre-Chernobyl cultivated meadows and croplands. Vertical migration of radionuclides in the ChNPP Exclusion Zone grasslands was evaluated. Parameters of 137Cs, 90Sr, and 239,240Pu transfer were calculated and the periods during which these radionuclides reach their ecological half-life in the upper 5 cm soil layer were estimated. Migration capabilities of these radionuclides in the grassland soils tend to decrease as follows: 90Sr >137Cs ≥ 239,240Pu. A significant retardation of the 137Cs vertical migration was shown in the grasslands long after the Chernobyl accident. During the 21st year after the fallout, average Tecol values for 137Cs (the period of time it takes in the environment for 137Cs to reach half the value of its original concentration in the upper 5 cm soil layer, regardless of physical decay) are as follows: 180 - 320 years for grassland containing automorphous mineral soils of a light granulometric composition; and 90 - 100 years for grassland containing hydromorphous organogenic soils. These values are significantly higher than those estimated for the period of 6-9 years after the fallout: 60 - 150 years and 11 - 20 years, respectively. The absolute 137Cs Tecol values are by factors of 3-7 higher than 137Cs radiological decay values long after the accident. Changes in the exposure dose resulting from the soil deposited 137Cs only depend on its radiological decay. This factor should necessarily be considered for development of predictive assessments, including dose exposures for the hypothetical population in case of their re-evacuation to the exclusion areas. The obtained results have to be considered for predictive assessments, including those for dose exposures for the hypothetical population in case of their re-evacuation to the exclusion areas if implementation and/or planning of remediation activities at the ChNPP Exclusion Zone are considered reasonable and appropriate.

  13. Inventory and vertical migration of 90Sr fallout and 137Cs/90Sr ratio in Spanish mainland soils

    In this paper the inventory of 90Sr in 34 points distributed along the Spanish peninsular territory is presented. Obtained values range between 173 Bq/m2 and 2047 Bq/m2. From these data set and those 137Cs data obtained in a previous work the 137Cs/90Sr activity ratio has been established, laying this value between 0.9 and 3.6. Also the migration depth of both radionuclides has been analysed obtaining for 137Cs an average value 57% lower than that obtained for 90Sr. Additionally, this paper presents the results obtained in 11 sampling points in which the activity vertical profile has been measured. These profiles have been analysed to state the behaviour of strontium in soils and after, by using a convective-diffusive model, the parameters of the model which governs the vertical migration of 90Sr in the soil, v (apparent convection velocity) and D (apparent diffusion coefficient) have been evaluated. Mean values obtained are 0.20 cm/year and 3.67 cm2/year, respectively. - Highlights: → Measured 90Sr activity in Spanish mainland, being within a range of [173, 2047] Bq/m2, with a mean value of 793 Bq/m2. → Compared the migration capacity of 137Cs and 90Sr in the same soils. → 90Sr shows a unique behaviour tendency in soil. → The parameters which govern the applied model have been obtained for the analysed profiles. → Analysed those parameters' values also reflects this unique tendency.

  14. Metabolic physiology of the Humboldt squid, Dosidicus gigas: Implications for vertical migration in a pronounced oxygen minimum zone

    Rosa, Rui; Seibel, Brad A.

    2010-07-01

    The Humboldt (or jumbo) squid, Dosidicus gigas, is an active predator endemic to the Eastern Pacific that undergoes diel vertical migrations into a pronounced oxygen minimum layer (OML). Here, we investigate the physiological mechanisms that facilitate these migrations and assess the associated costs and benefits. Exposure to hypoxic conditions equivalent to those found in the OML (?10 ?M O 2 at 10 C) led to a significant reduction in the squids routine metabolic rate (RMR), from 8.9 to 1.6 ?mol O 2 g -1 h -1 ( p RMR increased significantly with temperature ( p < 0.05), from 8.9 (at 10 C) to 49.85 ?mol O 2 g -1 h -1 (at 25 C) which yielded a Q10 of 2.0 between 10 and 20 C and 7.9 between 20 and 25 C ( p < 0.05). These results suggest that 25 C, although within the normal surface temperature range in the Gulf of California, is outside this species normal temperature range. By following the scattering layer into oxygen-enriched shallow water at night, D. gigas may repay any oxygen debt accumulated during the daytime. The dive to deeper water may minimize exposure to stressful surface temperatures when most prey have migrated to depth during the daytime. The physiological and ecological strategies demonstrated here may have facilitated the recent range expansion of this species into northern waters where expanding hypoxic zones prohibit competing top predators.

  15. Marine zooplankton studies in Brazil: a brief evaluation and perspectives

    Rubens M. Lopes

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Marine zooplankton research in Brazil has been primarily descriptive, with most studies focusing on community structure analysis and related issues. The composition and spatial distribution of several taxonomic groups are currently well known, although less-abundant and small-sized taxa as well as initial stages of almost all species have received little attention. Some numerically important taxa such as heterotrophic protists, ctenophores, acoel turbellarians and ostracods remain virtually unstudied. Large sectors of the continental shelf have not been sampled in detail, particularly those areas influenced by the North Brazil Current (5N-15S. Zooplankton abundance and biomass in offshore waters have seldom been quantified, and information on the distribution and vertical migration of meso- and bathypelagic species are lacking. Additional faunistic assessments must target those less-studied taxa and geographical locations. However, priority in ecological studies should be given to process-oriented investigations aimed at understanding the mechanisms controlling zooplankton distribution, trophic interactions within pelagic food webs and production cycles in relation to the physical environment. An effort should be made to incorporate state-of-the-art sampling technology and analytical methods into future research projects.As pesquisas sobre o zooplncton marinho no Brasil tm sido primariamente descritivas, com a maioria dos estudos enfocando a anlise da estrutura da comunidade e assuntos relacionados. A composio e a distribuio espacial de muitos grupos taxonmicos encontram-se bem estudadas, embora os txons menos abundantes e de menores dimenses, assimcomo os estgios iniciais do ciclo de vida da maioria das espcies, tenham recebido pouca ateno. Alguns txons numericamenteimportantes encontram-se pouco estudados, como no caso dos protistas heterotrficos, ctenforos, turbelrios acelos e ostrcodes. Amplos setores da plataforma continental no tm sido suficientemente amostrados, em particular nas reas influenciadas pela Corrente Norte do Brasil (5N-15S. As reas ocenicas tm sido tambm pouco estudadas e praticamente inexistem dados sobre a distribuio espacial e vertical das espcies meso- e batipelgicas. Levantamentos faunsticos adicionais devem focalizar os txons e locais menos conhecidos. No entanto, sob o ponto de vista ecolgico necessrio darprioridade a estudos de processos voltados ao entendimentodos mecanismos que governam a distribuio, as interaes trficas nas teias alimentares pelgicas e os ciclos de produo do zooplncton em relao ao ambiente fsico. Deve ser feito um esforo para incorporar novas tecnologias de amostragem e mtodos analticos em futuros projetos de pesquisa.

  16. Age-specific light preferences and vertical migration patterns of a Great Lakes invasive invertebrate, Hemimysis anomala

    Boscarino, Brent T.; Halpin, Kathleen E.; Rudstam, Lars G.; Walsh, Maureen G.; Lantry, Brian F.

    2012-01-01

    We use a combination of spectral sensitivity analyses, laboratory behavioral observations and field distributions of a vertically migrating invertebrate, Hemimysis anomala (a recent invasive species to the Laurentian Great Lakes of North America), to determine if light preference and timing of emergence has an ontogenetic component. Juvenile Hemimysis (−3.4 and 10−2.4 mylux— a Hemimysis-specific unit of brightness derived from visual pigment analyses (wavelength of maximum absorbance = 500 nm; 1 mylux ~ 159 lx). These preferred light levels are equivalent to those present during nautical twilight on the Earth's surface and were several orders of magnitude brighter than those most preferred by adults (> 4.5 mm) in the laboratory (10−6.4 to 10−7.4 mylux). Both size classes completely avoided light levels of 10−0.4 mylux and greater, which are representative of daytime light levels at the Earth's surface. Net hauls taken at ~ 20-min intervals from sunset to the end of nautical twilight on two sampling occasions on Seneca Lake, New York (sampling depth = 2 m) revealed that juveniles emerged into the water column during civil twilight. Adult Hemimysis emerged later during nautical twilight when juveniles had already reached their maximum abundance in the water column. Laboratory-derived light preferences successfully predicted the timing of emergence and time of maximal abundance of both size classes on both sampling occasions. This study is one of the first to demonstrate that Hemimysis diel vertical migration has an ontogenetic component and to report the specific light levels likely to initiate and limit vertical movements.

  17. Vertical migration of fallout 137Cs in agricultural soils from Southern Chile

    Total inventories and depth distributions of atomic weapons testing fallout 137Cs were determined at four sites in Chile. Cesium inventories are always higher than previously estimated for the Southern Hemisphere and depend on annual rainfall. From the measured depth distributions cesium migration rates of 137Cs transport by the convection-dispersion equation yielded a better accordance with the measured depth distributions than the application of a compartmental model

  18. [Structural variations of the eye linked to daily vertical migrations of Daphnia longispina].

    Cellier-Michel, Sandrine; Berthon, Jean-Louis

    2003-12-01

    The role of the eyes, and more precisely that of the ommatidian pigments, in the control of daily rhythms of movement of Daphnia longispina is investigated. In the laboratory, under permanent light (LL), the pigmentary modifications observed are globally similar to those observed in situ, except in their timing, around dusk, LL cycles do not coincide with the ascent of daphnids but precede it. This is the expression of an endogenous free-running rhythm. Therefore, in D. longispina, an internal oscillator controls DVMs, which are circadian and not nycthemeral, and, in situ, illumination at dawn suffices to synchronize migrations on dark/light alternation. PMID:14746270

  19. Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) sources for frequency domain photon migration

    O'Sullivan, Thomas D.; No, Keun-Sik; Matlock, Alex; Hill, Brian; Cerussi, Albert E.; Tromberg, Bruce J.

    2015-03-01

    Frequency domain photon migration (FDPM) uses modulated laser light to measure the bulk optical properties of turbid media and is increasingly being applied for noninvasive functional medical imaging. Though semiconductor edge emitting laser diodes (EELs) have been traditionally used for this application, we show that VCSELs exhibit performance characteristics suitable for FDPM measurements of tissue optical properties. Their output power and modulation characteristics are more than sufficient for optical property recovery. In addition, their small size, high efficiency, low cost, and simple packaging make them an attractive choice as components in clinical FDPM systems. We demonstrate a unique, compact optical probe that was enabled by VCSEL technology.

  20. Danger of zooplankton feeding

    Kiørboe, Thomas; Jiang, H.; Colin, S.P.

    2010-01-01

    Zooplankton feed in any of three ways: they generate a feeding current while hovering, cruise through the water or are ambush feeders. Each mode generates different hydrodynamic disturbances and hence exposes the grazers differently to mechanosensory predators. Ambush feeders sink slowly and ther...

  1. Vertical migration and dispersion of sprat ( Sprattus sprattus ) and herring ( Clupea harengus ) schools at dusk in the Baltic Sea

    Nilsson, Lars Anders Fredrik; Thygesen, Uffe Høgsbro; Lundgren, Bo; Nielsen, Bo Friis; Nielsen, J. Rasmus; Beyer, Jan

    2003-01-01

    the dissolution of schools can be modelled by diffusion, i.e. active repulsion is not required. The field measurements were obtained during 3 days in March at one location in the Baltic Sea and included continuous hydroacoustical monitoring, trawl samples, and hydrographical CTD data. Echogram...... processes could contribute to deeper insight into ecosystem dynamics. This paper reports field measurements of the dispersal at dusk and examines two hypotheses through statistical modelling: that the vertical migration and the dissolution of schools is determined by decrease in light intensity, and that...... above a critical threshold, that schools initiate their dissolution when ambient light intensity drops below this critical threshold, and that fish subsequently swim in an uncorrelated random walk pattern....

  2. Effects of nanoparticle migration on hydromagnetic mixed convection of alumina/water nanofluid in vertical channels with asymmetric heating

    Malvandi, A.; Ganji, D. D.

    2015-02-01

    The effects of nanoparticle migration on mixed convection of alumina/water nanofluid inside a vertical channel in the presence of a uniform magnetic field have been investigated theoretically. Walls are subjected to different heat fluxes; qlw'' for the left wall and qrw'' for the right wall, and nanoparticles are assumed to have a slip velocity relative to the base fluid induced by the Brownian motion and thermophoresis. Considering hydrodynamically and thermally fully developed flow, the governing equations including continuity, momentum, and energy equations have been reduced to two-point ordinary boundary value differential equations and they have been solved numerically. It is shown that nanoparticles eject themselves from the heated walls, construct a depleted region, and accumulate in the core region, but they are more likely to accumulate toward the wall with the lower heat flux. In addition, inclusion of nanoparticles in the presence of a magnetic field has a negative effect on the performance.

  3. Abundancia estacional y distribución vertical del zooplancton gelatinoso carnívoro en una área de surgencia en el norte del Sistema de la Corriente de Humboldt Seasonal abundance and vertical distribution of the carnivorous gelatinous zooplankton in an upwelling area of the northern Humboldt Current System

    Sergio Palma

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Se analizó la abundancia estacional y distribución vertical del zooplancton gelatinoso colectado en cuatro cruceros efectuados frente a la bahía de Mejillones. En esta zona se identificaron 44 especies macroplanctónicas distribuidas en 23 de sifonóforos, 17 de hidromedusas, y 4 de ctenóforos, de las cuales 8 especies, Sphaeronectes irregularis, Rhizophysa eysenhardti, Amphogona apicata, Proboscidactyla stellata, Sarsia coccometra, Pleurobrachia bachei, Thalassocalyce inconstans y Velamen parallelum, se registran por primera vez para el Sistema de la Corriente de Humboldt. Se determinó un incremento de abundancia en primavera y verano, con densas agregaciones (> 2.600 ind·100 m-3 en octubre de Aglaura hemistoma, Solmundella bitentaculata, Muggiaea atlantica y Pleurobrachia bachei, y en febrero de Obelia spp. Las mayores densidades se determinaron en la estación más costera y en el frente oceánico, mientras que en la estación oceánica se registró una fuerte disminución de abundancia. La mayoría de las especies dominantes se encontraron en los primeros 100 m de la columna de agua, con una mayor concentración de ejemplares en los primeros 25 o 50 m de profundidad. Esta distribución vertical estaría limitada por la capa de mínimo oxígeno (The seasonal abundance and vertical distribution of gelatinous zooplankton collected during four cruises off Mejillones bay were analyzed. In this area we identified 44 species of macroplankton distributed in 23 siphonophores, 17 hydromedusae, and 4 ctenophores. Eight species, Sphaeronectes irregularis, Rhizophysa eysenhardti, Amphogona apicata, Proboscidactyla stellata, Sarsia coccometra, Pleurobrachia bachei, Thalassocalyce inconstans and Velamen parallelum, are the first records in the Humboldt Current System. The seasonal distribution showed an increase in abundance in spring and summer, with the highest aggregations (> 2600 ind·100 m-3 of Aglaura hemistoma, Solmundella bitentaculata, Muggiaea atlantica and Pleurobrachia bachei in October and Obelia spp. in February. The highest densities were observed in the coastal station and in the oceanic front, while the oceanic station was characterized by a strong decrease in abundance. The vertical distribution showed that the most dominant species were founded in the first 100 m of the water column, with a higher concentration of organisms in the first 25 or 50 m of depth. This vertical distribution could be limited by presence of a minimum dissolved oxygen layer (< 1 ml·L-1 in shallow waters (30-50 m during de upwelling events

  4. Type I Planet Migration in a Magnetized Disk. I. Effect of Large-Scale Vertical and Azimuthal Field Components

    Uribe, Ana; Königl, Arieh

    2015-01-01

    We study the effects of a large-scale, ordered magnetic field in protoplanetary disks on Type I planet migration using a combination of numerical simulations in 2D and 3D and a linear perturbation analysis. Steady-state models of such disks require the inclusion of magnetic diffusivity. To make progress using ideal MHD, we focus on simplified field configurations, involving purely vertical ($B_z$) and azimuthal ($B_\\varphi$) field components and a combination of the two. For each of the models we calculate the locations of the relevant resonances and of the turning points, which delineate the propagation regions of the MHD waves that transport angular momentum from the planet to the disk. We use both numerical and semianalytic methods to evaluate the cumulative back torque acting on the planet, and explore the effect of spatial gradients in the disk's physical variables on the results. We conclude that, under realistic (3D) circumstances, a large-scale magnetic field can slow down the inward migration that ch...

  5. The thermal stress response to diel vertical migration in the hyperiid amphipod Phronima sedentaria.

    Elder, Leanne E; Seibel, Brad A

    2015-09-01

    The hyperiid amphipod Phronima sedentaria experiences a temperature change of 15 C during diel migration in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific (ETNP) from 8-10 C at depth to 25-27 C at night in the surface waters. The aim of this study was to determine if the natural temperature gradient experienced by P. sedentaria results in a thermal stress response. Individuals were initially exposed to their night time temperatures (23 C) and subsequently subjected to temperatures within and above the range they typically experience. In the Eastern Tropical North Pacific P. sedentaria tolerates its normal night-time temperature (~23 C), but only for the duration of its stay there (~9 h). Longer exposures (24 h) result in elevated heat shock protein (hsp) expression. 29 C results in hsp expression, increased lactate production and 50% mortality at all exposure durations. This represents an upper critical temperature. Understanding the adaptations of pelagic amphipods to their current environment will help predict the physiological impacts of global warming for amphipods and their predators. PMID:25899739

  6. On the ultrafast charge migration and subsequent charge directed reactivity in Cl⋯N halogen-bonded clusters following vertical ionization

    Chandra, Sankhabrata; Bhattacharya, Atanu, E-mail: atanub@ipc.iisc.ernet.in [Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India); Periyasamy, Ganga [Department of Chemistry, Central College Campus, Bangalore University, Bangalore (India)

    2015-06-28

    In this article, we have presented ultrafast charge transfer dynamics through halogen bonds following vertical ionization of representative halogen bonded clusters. Subsequent hole directed reactivity of the radical cations of halogen bonded clusters is also discussed. Furthermore, we have examined effect of the halogen bond strength on the electron-electron correlation- and relaxation-driven charge migration in halogen bonded complexes. For this study, we have selected A-Cl (A represents F, OH, CN, NH{sub 2}, CF{sub 3}, and COOH substituents) molecules paired with NH{sub 3} (referred as ACl:NH{sub 3} complex): these complexes exhibit halogen bonds. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on purely electron correlation- and relaxation-driven ultrafast (attosecond) charge migration dynamics through halogen bonds. Both density functional theory and complete active space self-consistent field theory with 6-31 + G(d, p) basis set are employed for this work. Upon vertical ionization of NCCl⋯NH{sub 3} complex, the hole is predicted to migrate from the NH{sub 3}-end to the ClCN-end of the NCCl⋯NH{sub 3} complex in approximately 0.5 fs on the D{sub 0} cationic surface. This hole migration leads to structural rearrangement of the halogen bonded complex, yielding hydrogen bonding interaction stronger than the halogen bonding interaction on the same cationic surface. Other halogen bonded complexes, such as H{sub 2}NCl:NH{sub 3}, F{sub 3}CCl:NH{sub 3}, and HOOCCl:NH{sub 3}, exhibit similar charge migration following vertical ionization. On the contrary, FCl:NH{sub 3} and HOCl:NH{sub 3} complexes do not exhibit any charge migration following vertical ionization to the D{sub 0} cation state, pointing to interesting halogen bond strength-dependent charge migration.

  7. On the ultrafast charge migration and subsequent charge directed reactivity in Cl⋯N halogen-bonded clusters following vertical ionization

    Chandra, Sankhabrata; Periyasamy, Ganga; Bhattacharya, Atanu

    2015-06-01

    In this article, we have presented ultrafast charge transfer dynamics through halogen bonds following vertical ionization of representative halogen bonded clusters. Subsequent hole directed reactivity of the radical cations of halogen bonded clusters is also discussed. Furthermore, we have examined effect of the halogen bond strength on the electron-electron correlation- and relaxation-driven charge migration in halogen bonded complexes. For this study, we have selected A-Cl (A represents F, OH, CN, NH2, CF3, and COOH substituents) molecules paired with NH3 (referred as ACl:NH3 complex): these complexes exhibit halogen bonds. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on purely electron correlation- and relaxation-driven ultrafast (attosecond) charge migration dynamics through halogen bonds. Both density functional theory and complete active space self-consistent field theory with 6-31 + G(d, p) basis set are employed for this work. Upon vertical ionization of NCCl⋯NH3 complex, the hole is predicted to migrate from the NH3-end to the ClCN-end of the NCCl⋯NH3 complex in approximately 0.5 fs on the D0 cationic surface. This hole migration leads to structural rearrangement of the halogen bonded complex, yielding hydrogen bonding interaction stronger than the halogen bonding interaction on the same cationic surface. Other halogen bonded complexes, such as H2NCl:NH3, F3CCl:NH3, and HOOCCl:NH3, exhibit similar charge migration following vertical ionization. On the contrary, FCl:NH3 and HOCl:NH3 complexes do not exhibit any charge migration following vertical ionization to the D0 cation state, pointing to interesting halogen bond strength-dependent charge migration.

  8. On the ultrafast charge migration and subsequent charge directed reactivity in Cl⋯N halogen-bonded clusters following vertical ionization.

    Chandra, Sankhabrata; Periyasamy, Ganga; Bhattacharya, Atanu

    2015-06-28

    In this article, we have presented ultrafast charge transfer dynamics through halogen bonds following vertical ionization of representative halogen bonded clusters. Subsequent hole directed reactivity of the radical cations of halogen bonded clusters is also discussed. Furthermore, we have examined effect of the halogen bond strength on the electron-electron correlation- and relaxation-driven charge migration in halogen bonded complexes. For this study, we have selected A-Cl (A represents F, OH, CN, NH2, CF3, and COOH substituents) molecules paired with NH3 (referred as ACl:NH3 complex): these complexes exhibit halogen bonds. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on purely electron correlation- and relaxation-driven ultrafast (attosecond) charge migration dynamics through halogen bonds. Both density functional theory and complete active space self-consistent field theory with 6-31 + G(d, p) basis set are employed for this work. Upon vertical ionization of NCCl⋯NH3 complex, the hole is predicted to migrate from the NH3-end to the ClCN-end of the NCCl⋯NH3 complex in approximately 0.5 fs on the D0 cationic surface. This hole migration leads to structural rearrangement of the halogen bonded complex, yielding hydrogen bonding interaction stronger than the halogen bonding interaction on the same cationic surface. Other halogen bonded complexes, such as H2NCl:NH3, F3CCl:NH3, and HOOCCl:NH3, exhibit similar charge migration following vertical ionization. On the contrary, FCl:NH3 and HOCl:NH3 complexes do not exhibit any charge migration following vertical ionization to the D0 cation state, pointing to interesting halogen bond strength-dependent charge migration. PMID:26133430

  9. On the ultrafast charge migration and subsequent charge directed reactivity in Cl⋯N halogen-bonded clusters following vertical ionization

    In this article, we have presented ultrafast charge transfer dynamics through halogen bonds following vertical ionization of representative halogen bonded clusters. Subsequent hole directed reactivity of the radical cations of halogen bonded clusters is also discussed. Furthermore, we have examined effect of the halogen bond strength on the electron-electron correlation- and relaxation-driven charge migration in halogen bonded complexes. For this study, we have selected A-Cl (A represents F, OH, CN, NH2, CF3, and COOH substituents) molecules paired with NH3 (referred as ACl:NH3 complex): these complexes exhibit halogen bonds. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on purely electron correlation- and relaxation-driven ultrafast (attosecond) charge migration dynamics through halogen bonds. Both density functional theory and complete active space self-consistent field theory with 6-31 + G(d, p) basis set are employed for this work. Upon vertical ionization of NCCl⋯NH3 complex, the hole is predicted to migrate from the NH3-end to the ClCN-end of the NCCl⋯NH3 complex in approximately 0.5 fs on the D0 cationic surface. This hole migration leads to structural rearrangement of the halogen bonded complex, yielding hydrogen bonding interaction stronger than the halogen bonding interaction on the same cationic surface. Other halogen bonded complexes, such as H2NCl:NH3, F3CCl:NH3, and HOOCCl:NH3, exhibit similar charge migration following vertical ionization. On the contrary, FCl:NH3 and HOCl:NH3 complexes do not exhibit any charge migration following vertical ionization to the D0 cation state, pointing to interesting halogen bond strength-dependent charge migration

  10. Influence of Clastic Dikes on Vertical Migration of Contaminants at the Hanford Site

    Clastic dikes are subvertical sedimentary features that cut through horizontally layered sediments, and they are common at the Hanford Site. Because of their cross-cutting relationship with the surrounding matrix, they have been proposed as potential fast paths from former contaminant discharge sites at the surface to the water table. However, little was known of the detailed hydrogeologic properties of the dikes and detailed modeling of flow and transport through the dikes had not been performed. We excavated a 2 m wide clastic dike at the Hanford Site and characterized it using an air minipermeameter, infrared imagery, and grain size analyses. Field injection experiments were also used to characterize the system. The resulting data were used to prepare a detailed numerical model of the clastic dike and surrounding matrix for a portion of the excavation. Unsaturated flow and transport through the system were modeled for several recharge rates. The highly heterogeneous nature of the system led to complex behavior, with the relative flux rates in the matrix and clastic dike being highly dependent on the recharge rates that were imposed on the system. The study suggests that the potential role of clastic dikes in vertical transport at the Hanford Site would depend on the leakage rate, and that areas of contaminant deposition formed at high flow rates might become isolated at low flow rates, and vice-versa. The results may also help explain the occurrence of complex breakthrough patterns of contaminants at the water table

  11. Models for the vertical migration of 137Cs in the ground - a field study

    Soil sampling was performed repeatedly at two locations in southern Sweden in order to study the behaviour of 137Cs at different times after deposition. At two locations in the city of Lund, in southern Sweden, sampling was done 5 and 7 years after the Chernobyl accident. The samples were analysed for 137Cs from nuclear weapons tests as well as 137Cs of Chernobyl origin and three different models were used to describe the vertical transport in the ground. The first study shows that the downward transport of caesium from the Chernobyl accident with time could be quantified in a simple model, valid for a few years of transport. In another model the relative amount of 137Cs at different depths was observed to change with time in a predictable way and the depth of maximum activity was shown to move downwards with a mean speed of 02 cm year-1. A simple compartment model has also been tested. (Copyright (c) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  12. Habitat use and diel vertical migration of bigeye thresher shark: Overlap with pelagic longline fishing gear.

    Coelho, Rui; Fernandez-Carvalho, Joana; Santos, Miguel N

    2015-12-01

    Pelagic longliners targeting swordfish and tunas in oceanic waters regularly capture sharks as bycatch, including currently protected species as the bigeye thresher, Alopias superciliosus. Fifteen bigeye threshers were tagged with pop-up satellite archival tags (PSATs) in 2012-2014 in the tropical northeast Atlantic, with successful transmissions received from 12 tags for a total of 907 tracking days. Marked diel vertical movements were recorded on all specimens, with most of the daytime spent in deeper colder water (mean depth = 353 m, SD = 73; mean temperature = 10.7 °C, SD = 1.8) and nighttime spent in warmer water closer to the surface (mean depth = 72 m, SD = 54; mean temperature = 21.9 °C, SD = 3.7). The operating depth of the pelagic longline gear was measured with Minilog Temperature and Depth Recorders (TDRs), and the overlap with habitat utilization was calculated. Overlap is taking place mainly during the night and is higher for juveniles. The results presented herein can be used as inputs for Ecological Risk Assessments for bigeye threshers captured in oceanic tuna fisheries, and serve as a basis for efficient management and conservation of this vulnerable shark species. PMID:26559889

  13. Zooplankton distribution around four eastern North Pacific seamounts

    Haury, Loren; Fey, Connie; Newland, Carol; Genin, Amatzia

    2000-01-01

    The effects of seamounts on the distribution of zooplankton were investigated at four seamounts in the northeastern Pacific. The following hypotheses were tested: (1) mesoscale gaps of reduced abundance of migrating zooplankton develop over seamounts every night; (2) fine-scale patchiness is augmented within these gaps and in the region downstream of seamounts; and (3) increased numbers of crustacean carcasses occur over seamounts. Gaps are expected because most zooplankton that descend over shallow topography at dawn are either eaten by resident predators or are advected off the summit, while fine-scale patchiness should result from lateral shear between the gap and the surrounding zooplankton-rich waters. Copepod carcasses should be more abundant over seamounts than the surrounding water because of the increased predation at seamounts. Zooplankton distributions were determined from net samples and acoustic records. Water column properties were measured with a CTD and hydrocasts, and currents by moored current meters, acoustic current profilers and drifter drogues. Zooplankton gaps were found over three of the four seamounts surveyed, but not on every survey of each seamount. Only three of the surveys provided the information necessary to test the patchiness hypothesis; on two of these increased patchiness and carcass abundance were found associated with gaps. When no gap was observed over a seamount, there was no evidence of increased carcass abundance or enhanced patchiness, indicating that the three phenomena are temporally and spatially linked. Copepod carcasses were found in the intestines of small fish sampled at the same time as the zooplankton. The fish, along with crustacean predators like euphausiids, are the likely source for the carcasses. Seamounts appear to be an important cause of enhanced zooplankton patchiness on scales ranging from 100s of meters to areas larger than the seamounts themselves.

  14. Statistical Mechanics of Zooplankton

    Hinow, Peter; Nihongi, Ai; Strickler, J. Rudi

    2015-01-01

    Statistical mechanics provides the link between microscopic properties of many-particle systems and macroscopic properties such as pressure and temperature. Observations of similar “microscopic” quantities exist for the motion of zooplankton, as well as many species of other social animals. Herein, we propose to take average squared velocities as the definition of the “ecological temperature” of a population under different conditions on nutrients, light, oxygen and others. We test the useful...

  15. Zooplankton intermittency and turbulence

    Schmitt, François G.

    2010-05-01

    Planktonic organisms usually live in a turbulent world. Since marine turbulence is characterized by very high Reynolds numbers, it possesses very intermittent fluctuations which in turn affect marine life. We consider here such influence on zooplankton on 2 aspects. First we consider zooplankton motion in the lab. Many copepods display swimming abilities. More and more species have been recently recorded using normal or high speed cameras, and many trajectories have been extracted from these movies and are now available for analysis. These trajectories can be complex, stochastic, with random switching from low velocity to high velocity events and even jumps. These complex trajectories show that an adequate modeling is necessary to understand and characterize them. Here we review the results published in the literature on copepod trajectories. We discuss the random walk, Levy walk modeling and introduce also multifractal random walks. We discuss the way to discriminate between these different walks using experimental data. Stochastic simulations will be performed to illustrate the different families. Second, we consider zooplankton contact rates in the framework of intermittent turbulence. Intermittency may have influence on plankton contact rates. We consider the Particle Stokes number of copepods, in a intermediate dissipation range affected by intermittent fluctuations. We show that they may display preferential concentration effects, and we consider the influence on contact rates of this effect in the intermediate dissipation range.

  16. (137)Cs concentration in zooplankton and its relation to taxonomic composition in the western North Pacific Ocean.

    Kaeriyama, Hideki; Watabe, Teruhisa; Kusakabe, Masashi

    2008-12-01

    To study the role of zooplankton in the transport of (137)Cs in the ocean, zooplankton samples were collected in October 2005 and June 2006 in the western North Pacific Ocean. The peak zooplankton biomass was observed in the surface layer, and gelatinous plankton was more abundant in October 2005 than in June 2006 reflecting exchange of water masses. The concentrations of (137)Cs in zooplankton varied from 11 to 24 mBq kg wet(-1) and were higher in October 2005 than in June 2006. The elevated abundance of gelatinous zooplankton probably led to higher concentration of (137)Cs in zooplankton in October 2005. Annual export fluxes of (137)Cs by ontogenetic vertical migrant copepods were estimated to be 0.8 and 0.6 mBq m(-2) year(-1) at 200 and 1000 m depths, respectively; this suggested that transport of (137)Cs by zooplankton may be no trivial pathway. PMID:18929436

  17. 137Cs concentration in zooplankton and its relation to taxonomic composition in the western North Pacific Ocean

    To study the role of zooplankton in the transport of 137Cs in the ocean, zooplankton samples were collected in October 2005 and June 2006 in the western North Pacific Ocean. The peak zooplankton biomass was observed in the surface layer, and gelatinous plankton was more abundant in October 2005 than in June 2006 reflecting exchange of water masses. The concentrations of 137Cs in zooplankton varied from 11 to 24 mBq kg wet-1 and were higher in October 2005 than in June 2006. The elevated abundance of gelatinous zooplankton probably led to higher concentration of 137Cs in zooplankton in October 2005. Annual export fluxes of 137Cs by ontogenetic vertical migrant copepods were estimated to be 0.8 and 0.6 mBq m-2 year-1 at 200 and 1000 m depths, respectively; this suggested that transport of 137Cs by zooplankton may be no trivial pathway

  18. Zooplankton of West Madagascar

    Bemiasa, John; Remanevy, Sitraka

    2014-05-01

    During six week survey (August - October 2009) in Western and Northern coast of Madagascar, the R/V 'Dr. Fridtjof Nansen' has carried out a study of the pelagic ecosystem. In collaboration with Agulhas & Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems project (ASCLME) and South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP), the aim of the survey was to establish the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the Western Madagascar shelf region as a whole. Zooplankton samples were collected with Hydrobios Multinet at all environmental stations ranging from 200 m depth to the surface. The Multinet was equipped with 5 nets for depth-stratified sampling. The nets were fitted with 180 m mesh size and the water flow through the nets was measured. The Multinet was deployed and retrieved at a rate of ~ 1.5 m per second and was obliquely hauled. The five nets were triggered at the pre-selected depth intervals 0-25m, 25-50m, 50-80m, 80-120m and 120-200m. All samples were stored in marked bottles and preserved with buffered formaldehyde of 4% for further analysis. As results,the zooplankton abundance was influenced by physico-chemical factors. During the study period 34 Family of zooplankton were identified which are dominated by Copepoda (58,69%) followed by Radiolaria (12,06%), Appendicularia (6,47%), Sagitta (5,11%), Larvae (4,57%), Ostracoda (3,13%), pelagic Foraminifera (2,15%). Family of zooplankton with abundance <1% were also recorded, namely Salpidae (0,94%), Euphausiacea (0,44%), Tintinnidae (0,39%), Annlidae Polychtes (0,34%), Mysidacea (0,21%), Ptropodae (0,13%). Highest number of zooplankton were found at the depth below the maximum of fluorescence during the day. Copepods distribution depends on site and depth. During this study, the number of identified species is always superior to 50 for all sampling sites. The findings of the present study will help to improve the scientific knowledge of the marine ecosystem of the west coast of Madagascar.

  19. Diet of larvae and juvenile perch, .i.Perca fluviatilis./i. performing diel vertical migrations in a deep reservoir

    Kratochvíl, Michal; Peterka, Jiří; Kubečka, Jan; Matěna, Josef; Vašek, Mojmír; Vaníčková, I.; Čech, Martin; Seďa, Jaromír

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 57, č. 3 (2008), s. 313-323. ISSN 0139-7893 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA600170502; GA AV ČR(CZ) 1QS600170504; GA ČR(CZ) GA206/06/1371 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60170517 Keywords : 0+fish * Slapy Reservoir * digestive tracts fullness * zooplankton Subject RIV: EG - Zoology Impact factor: 0.522, year: 2008

  20. [Effects of fertilization method and nitrogen application rate on soil nitrogen vertical migration in a Populus xeuramericana cv. 'Guariento' plantation].

    Dai, Teng-fei; Xi, Ben-ye; Yan, Xiao-li; Jia, Li-ming

    2015-06-01

    A field experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of fertilization methods, i.e., drip (DF) and furrow fertilization (GF), and nitrogen (N) application rates (25, 50, 75 g N plant(-1) time(-1)) on the dynamics of soil N vertical migration in a Populus x euramericana cv. 'Guariento' plantation. The results showed that soil NH4(+)-N and NO3(-)-N contents decreased with the increasing soil depth under different fertilization methods and N application rates. In the DF treatment, soil NH4(+)-N and NO3(-)-N were mainly concentrated in the 0-40 cm soil layer, and their contents ascended firstly and then descended, reaching their maximum values at the 5th day (211.1 mg kg(-1)) and 10th day (128.8 mg kg(-1)) after fertilization, respectively. In the GF treatment, soil NH4(+)-N and NO3(-)-N were mainly concentrated in the 0-20 cm layer, and the content of soil NO3(-)-N rose gradually and reached its maximum at the 20th day (175.7 mg kg(-1)) after fertilization, while the NH4(+)-N content did not change significantly after fertilization. Overall, N fertilizer had an effect within 20 days in the DF treatment, and more than 20 days in the GF treatment. In the DF treatment, the content and migration depth of soil NH4(+)-N and NO3(-)-N increased with the N application rate. In the GF treatment, the NO3(-)-N content increased with the N application rate, but the NH4(+)-N content was not influenced. Under the DF treatment, the hydrolysis rate, nitrification rate and migration depth of urea were higher or larger than that under the GF treatment, and more N accumulated in deep soil as the N application rate increased. Considering the distribution characteristics of fine roots and soil N, DF would be a better fertilization method in P. xeuramericana cv. 'Guariento' plantation, since it could supply N to larger distribution area of fine roots. When the N application rate was 50 g tree(-1) each time, nitrogen mainly distributed in the zone of fine roots and had no risk of deep leaching, consequently improving the fertilizer utilization efficiency. PMID:26572014

  1. Assessment of vertical scar migration after classical abdominoplasty followed by lower abdominal flap fixation Avaliao da migrao vertical da cicatriz ps-abdominoplastia clssica com fixao do retalho abdominal inferior

    Paul Kaufmann

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: In plastic surgery, the postoperative scar is a frequent concern. It is very important for the surgeon to understand the natural evolution of the scar. The abdominoplasty scar has a natural tendency to move upwards over time. In this study, the extent of natural vertical scar migration after abdominoplasty was calculated and the effect of fixing the lower abdominal flap to prevent this rise was assessed. METHODS: This prospective and randomized study was conducted at the 38th Nursing service of Santa Casa de Misericrdia do Rio de Janeiro, during 2010, and included 20 female patients with an indication for abdominoplasty. The patients were randomly divided into two groups, A and B. Classical abdominoplasty was performed in group A patients, according to the technique recommended by Prof. Ivo Pitanguy. Patients in group B also underwent lower abdominal flap fixation by suturing of Scarpa's fascia and the rectus abdominis muscle aponeurosis. At both two weeks and six months after surgery, the distance of vertical scar movement was measured in 16 patients after application of exclusion criteria. The average vertical migration and the mean difference between the groups were calculated. RESULTS: The average difference between the groups in vertical migration throughout the scar was 0.4 cm, with a mean overall migration of 1.06 cm and 0.68 cm in groups A (control group and B (cases with fixation, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The scar formed after abdominoplasty undergoes vertical migration over time; this migration is decreased when the lower abdominal flap is fixed. The surgeon should be aware of scar migration for better planning of the incision locationINTRODUO: Na cirurgia plstica, uma constante preocupao a cicatriz ps-operatria. muito importante para o cirurgio conhecer a evoluo natural da cicatriz. A cicatriz de abdominoplastia tem a tendncia natural de subir com o passar do tempo. Neste estudo, calculou-se a migrao vertical natural da cicatriz ps-abdominoplastia, avaliando o efeito da fixao do retalho abdominal inferior na preveno dessa ascenso. MTODO: Estudo prospectivo e randomizado, realizado na 38 Enfermaria da Santa Casa de Misericrdia do Rio de Janeiro durante o ano de 2010, incluindo 20 pacientes do sexo feminino com indicao de abdominoplastia, divididas em dois grupos, A e B, aleatoriamente. Nas pacientes do grupo A, foi realizada abdominoplastia clssica, segundo tcnica preconizada pelo Prof. Ivo Pitanguy, e no grupo B foi includa a fixao do retalho abdominal inferior por meio de sutura interessando a fscia de Scarpa e a aponeurose do msculo reto abdominal. Duas semanas e seis meses aps a cirurgia, foi medida a distncia vertical em 16 pacientes, aps aplicao dos critrios de excluso, calculando-se a mdia de migrao vertical e a diferena mdia entre os dois grupos. RESULTADOS: A diferena mdia de migrao vertical ao longo de toda a cicatriz foi de 0,4 cm, sendo a mdia geral de migrao nos grupo A (controle e B (casos com fixao de 1,06 cm e 0,68 cm, respectivamente. CONCLUSES: A cicatriz ps-abdominoplastia sofre migrao vertical ao longo do tempo, sendo menor quando o retalho inferior fixado. O cirurgio deve estar ciente da migrao sofrida pela cicatriz para melhor planejamento da posio de sua inciso

  2. Tracking the small with the smallest--using nanotechnology in tracking zooplankton.

    Lard, Mercy; Bäckman, Johan; Yakovleva, Maria; Danielsson, Bengt; Hansson, Lars-Anders

    2010-01-01

    A major problem when studying behavior and migration of small organisms is that many of the questions addressed for larger animals are not possible to formulate due to constraints on tracking smaller animals. In aquatic ecosystems, this problem is particularly problematic for zoo- and phytoplankton, since tracking devices are too heavy to allow the organism to act naturally. However, recent advances in nanotechnology have made it possible to track individual animals and thereby to focus on important and urgent questions which previously have not been possible to address. Here we report on a novel approach to track movement and migratory behavior of millimeter sized aquatic animals, particularly Daphnia magna, using the commercially available nanometer sized fluorescent probes known as quantum dots. Experimental trials with and without quantum dots showed that they did not affect behavior, reproduction or mortality of the tested animals. Compared to previously used methods to label small animals, the nano-labeling method presented here offers considerable improvements including: 24 h fluorescence, studies in both light and darkness, much improved optical properties, potential to study large volumes and even track animals in semi-natural conditions. Hence, the suggested method, developed in close cooperation between biologists, chemists and physicists, offers new opportunities to routinely study zooplankton responses to light, food and predation, opening up advancements within research areas such as diel vertical/horizontal migration, partial migration and other differences in intra- and interspecific movements and migration. PMID:21060826

  3. Migraciones verticales de Alexandrium excavatum (Braarud Balech et Tangen en columnas experimentales Vertical migration of Alexandrium excavatum (Braaruud Balech et Tangen In experimental columns

    Betina Andrea Santos

    1992-01-01

    Full Text Available As migraes verticais nicterais do dinoflagelado Alexandrium excavatum, foram observadas em uma coluna de vidro (50 cm de altura e 8 cm de dimetro, durante um ciclo de 14 horas de luz/10 horas de escuro. As amostras foram tomadas a cada 2 ou 3 horas em superfcie, meio e fundo. Verificou-se que os organismos de A. excavatum se agregam em superfcie durante o dia e descem noite. Os efeitos da estratificao da temperatura e exausto dos nutrientes sobre o padro da migrao vertical foram examinados. A presena da termoclina de 6C retardou o movimento de migrao. A deficincia do nitrognio na camada superior da cultura antecipou a migrao dos organismos em direo ao fundo, durante o dia; a adio de nitrato camada de fundo antecipou a migrao em direo superfcie, durante a noite. A velocidade de absoro do nitrato, no escuro, por clulas deficientes em nitrognio, foi determinada a partir da diminuio da concentrao desse nutriente na cultura. A taxa de absoro de nitrato foi elevada durante a primeira hora, decresceu nas trs horas seguintes e foi nula a seguir. Sugere-se que a habilidade de A excavatum para absorver nitrato no perodo de escuro, juntamente com a migrao vertical, possam ser mecanismos que regulem o seu florescimento.Diel vertical migrations of the marine dinoflagellate A excavatum were followed in a laboratory water column, and the effects of temperature stratification and nitrogen depletion on patterns of migration were examined. It was found that A. excavatum is a vertical migrator aggregating at surface during daylight, and descending at night. A six-degree thermocline did not restrict its migration but delayed the vertical movements. Nitrogen depletion in the culture was correlated with earlier downward migration in the day, and nitrate assimilation in the dark was confirmed. In another essay, with a nitrogen deficient culture, nocturnal nitrate uptake per cell was measured. It is suggested that the ability of A. excavatum to take up nitrate in the dark working together with diurnal vertical migration could be important mechanisms regulating bloom developments.

  4. Large nonlethal effects of an invasive invertebrate predator on zooplankton population growth rate.

    Pangle, Kevin L; Peacor, Scott D; Johannsson, Ora E

    2007-02-01

    We conducted a study to determine the contribution of lethal and nonlethal effects to a predator's net effect on a prey's population growth rate in a natural setting. We focused on the effects of an invasive invertebrate predator, Bythotrephes longimanus, on zooplankton prey populations in Lakes Michigan and Erie. Field data taken at multiple dates and locations in both systems indicated that the prey species Daphnia mendotae, Daphnia retrocurva, and Bosmina longirostris inhabited deeper portions of the water column as Bythotrephes biomass increased, possibly as an avoidance response to predation. This induced migration reduces predation risk but also can reduce birth rate due to exposure to cooler temperatures. We estimated the nonlethal (i.e., resulting from reduced birth rate) and lethal (i.e., consumptive) effects of Bythotrephes on D. mendotae and Bosmina longirostris. These estimates used diel field survey data of the vertical gradient of zooplankton prey density, Bythotrephes density, light intensity, and temperature with growth and predation rate models derived from laboratory studies. Results indicate that nonlethal effects played a substantial role in the net effect of Bythotrephes on several prey population growth rates in the field, with nonlethal effects on the same order of magnitude as or greater (up to 10-fold) than lethal effects. Our results further indicate that invasive species can have strong nonlethal, behaviorally based effects, despite short evolutionary coexistence with prey species. PMID:17479758

  5. Research into vertical radionuclide migration at the R and D center of radioenvironmental studies on field test sites, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

    Detection of Chernobyl radionuclides in groundwater and water bearing rocks at a relatively great depth has spurred the researchers to search for the mechanisms responsible for fast vertical migration of different pollutants from the surface downwards. By using as tracers the radionuclides that entered the environment as a result of Chernobyl accident, the authors have made an attempt to look into the regularities of pollutant migration in some specific landscapes, i.e. in water sink morphosculptures, hypothetical dislocations, and also within the depression cones of major water intakes

  6. Statistical Mechanics of Zooplankton.

    Hinow, Peter; Nihongi, Ai; Strickler, J Rudi

    2015-01-01

    Statistical mechanics provides the link between microscopic properties of many-particle systems and macroscopic properties such as pressure and temperature. Observations of similar "microscopic" quantities exist for the motion of zooplankton, as well as many species of other social animals. Herein, we propose to take average squared velocities as the definition of the "ecological temperature" of a population under different conditions on nutrients, light, oxygen and others. We test the usefulness of this definition on observations of the crustacean zooplankton Daphnia pulicaria. In one set of experiments, D. pulicaria is infested with the pathogen Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent of cholera. We find that infested D. pulicaria under light exposure have a significantly greater ecological temperature, which puts them at a greater risk of detection by visual predators. In a second set of experiments, we observe D. pulicaria in cold and warm water, and in darkness and under light exposure. Overall, our ecological temperature is a good discriminator of the crustacean's swimming behavior. PMID:26270537

  7. Optimal Foraging by Zooplankton

    Garcia, Ricardo; Moss, Frank

    2007-03-01

    We describe experiments with several species of the zooplankton, Daphnia, while foraging for food. They move in sequences: hop-pause-turn-hop etc. While we have recorded hop lengths, hop times, pause times and turning angles, our focus is on histograms representing the distributions of the turning angles. We find that different species, including adults and juveniles, move with similar turning angle distributions described by exponential functions. Random walk simulations and a theory based on active Brownian particles indicate a maximum in food gathering efficiency at an optimal width of the turning angle distribution. Foraging takes place within a fixed size food patch during a fixed time. We hypothesize that the exponential distributions were selected for survival over evolutionary time scales.

  8. US AMLR Program zooplankton dataset

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Zooplankton research in the US AMLR Program focuses on the link between prey production, availability, and climate variability in relation to predator and fishery...

  9. Feeding Studies on Selected Zooplankton in a Temperate Estuary, South Africa

    Froneman, P. W.

    2000-11-01

    Total chlorophyll- a (chl a), primary production and grazing impact of selected zooplankton were estimated at six stations in the Kariega Estuary in summer 1999. Total surface chl a and production ranged from 1·13 to 2·12 mg chl a m -3and from 18·1 to 37·7 mg C m -3d -1, respectively. At all stations both chl a and production were dominated by small picophytoplankton (200 μm) were dominated by the copepods Acartia longipatella and Pseudodiaptomus hessei which comprised >75% of total biomass. Also well represented in the zooplankton assemblages were representatives of the genus Halicyclops and the mysid, Mesopodopsis wooldridgei which generally comprised <5% of total abundance. At all stations, the highest biomass and abundance values were recorded at night which could be related to the distinct vertical migrations of the zooplankton. Individual gut pigment concentrations for P. hessei ranged from 0·2 to 1·3 ng (pigm) ind -1and between 0·1 and 0·5 ng (pigm) ind -1for A. longipatella. For M. wooldridgei, gut pigment concentrations ranged from 0·8 to 1·3 ng (pigm) ind -1. Gut pigment destruction rates for A. longipatella, P. hessei and M. wooldridgei were estimated at 92 (±5), 79 (±7) and 53 (±9)%, respectively. Ingestion rates of the two copepods ranged between 17·6 and 31·1 ng (pigm) ind -1d -1for P. hessei and between 19·7 and 38·4 ng (pigm) ind -1d -1for A. longipatella. These rates correspond to a carbon ingestion rate of between 0·9 and 1·6 μg C ind -1d -1for P. hessei and between 1·0 and 1·9 μg C ind -1d -1for A. longipatella. Total daily ingestion rate of M. wooldridgei ranged between 21·1 and 35·2 ng (pigm) ind -1. This corresponds to a carbon ingestion rate of between 1·2 and 1·8 μg C ind -1d -1. Carbon derived from the consumption of phytoplankton was sufficient to meet the basic metabolic requirements of the two copepod species. The combined grazing impact of the zooplankton corresponded to between 4·3 and 20·8% of the total phytoplankton production.

  10. Seasonal changes in the gelatinous zooplankton community and hydromedusa abundances in Korsfjord and Fanafjord, western Norway

    Hosia, Aino; Båmstedt, Ulf

    2007-01-01

    Quantitative seasonal studies on gelatinous zooplankton in Norwegian fjords are scarce. We recorded the quantitative composition of the gelatinous zooplankton community in Korsfjord and Fanafjord during 1 yr. Thirty-six species or genera of hydromedusae, 7 species of siphonophores, 4 species of ctenophores and 2 species of scyphomedusae were recorded. Aglantha digitale was numerically dominant in both fjords. A separate video-profiling study on the vertical distribution of fully grown specime...

  11. Inter- and intra-specific diurnal habitat selection of zooplankton during the spring bloom observed by Video Plankton Recorder

    Sainmont, Julie; Gislason, Astthor; Heuschele, Jan; Webster, Clare N.; Sylvander, Peter; Wang, Miao; Varpe, Øystein

    2014-01-01

    exposure) and thereby is likely to influence both state (hunger, weight and stage) and survival. The results suggest that the copepods select day and night time habitats with similar light levels (~10−9 μmol photon s−1 m−2). Furthermore, Calanus spp. displayed state-dependent behavior, with DVM most......Diel vertical migration (DVM) is a common behavior adopted by zooplankton species. DVM is a prominent adaptation for avoiding visual predation during daylight hours and still being able to feed on surface phytoplankton blooms during night. Here, we report on a DVM study using a Video Plankton...... during the day and more variable depth preferences at night (Calanus spp.). The precise individual depth position provided by the VPR allowed us to conclude that the escape from surface waters during daytime reduces feeding opportunities but also lowers the risk of predation (by reducing the light...

  12. Zooplankton Methodology, Collection & identyification - A field manual

    Goswami, S.C.

    Zooplankton encompass an array of macro and microscopic animals and comprise representatives of almost all major taxa particularly the invertebrates. They play a vital role in the marine food chain. The herbivorous zooplankton feed on phytoplankton...

  13. Zooplankton - Study methods, importance and significant observations

    Gajbhiye, S.N.

    on zooplankton. By virtue of sheer abundance and intermediatary role between phytoplankton and fish, they are considered as the chief index of utilization of aquatic biotope at the secondary trophic level. The herbivorous zooplanktons is efficient grazers...

  14. Effect of Water Hyacinth (Eichornia crassippes) Infestation on Zooplankton Populations in Awba Reservoir, Ibadan South-West Nigeria

    K.S. Chukwuka; U.N. Uka

    2007-01-01

    The effects of water hyacinth infestation on the distribution, abundance and species composition of zooplankton in Awba reservoir were investigated. Samples were collected in each of the sampling areas (water hyacinth infested and open water) by vertical zooplankton hauls using 64 um bolting silk net. The samples were immediately fixed in 4% formalin for preservation. The species composition of the zooplankton from the sampled areas consisted of 3 taxa, comprising of 6 species of Cladocera (M...

  15. Seasonal adaptations and the role of lipids in oceanic zooplankton.

    Hagen, W; Auel, H

    2001-01-01

    Oceanic zooplankton species exhibit quite diverse life history traits. A major driving force determining their life strategies is the seasonal variability in food supply, which is most pronounced in polar oceans where fluctuations in primary production are extreme. Seasonal adaptations are closely related to the trophic level of zooplankters, with strongest pressures occurring on herbivorous organisms. The dominant grazers, calanoid copepods and krill (Euphausiacea), have developed fascinating solutions for successful overwintering at higher latitudes. They usually exhibit a very efficient storage and utilization of energy reserves to reduce the effect of a highly seasonal primary production. The predominant larger Calanus species from the Arctic and Calanoides acutus from the Antarctic biosynthesize large amounts of high-energy wax esters with long-chain monounsaturated fatty acids and alcohols (20:1 and 22:1 isomers) as major components. They survive the dark season at depth in a stage of dormancy called diapause. In contrast, the Antarctic Calanus propinquus, a winter-active species, synthesizes primarily triacylglycerols, which are dominated by long-chain monounsaturated fatty acids with 22 carbon atoms (2 isomers) and yield even higher calorific contents. The omnivorous and carnivorous species, which are less subjected to seasonal food shortage, usually do not exhibit such an elaborate lipid biosynthesis. Herbivores usually do not utilize much of their enormous lipid reserves for overwintering, but channel this energy towards reproductive processes in late winter/early spring. Timing of reproduction is critical especially at high latitudes due to the short production period, and lipid reserves ensure early spawning independent of external resources. These energetic adaptations (dormancy, lipid storage) are supplemented by other life strategies such as extensive vertical migrations, change in the mode of life, and trophic flexibility. PMID:16351846

  16. Distribution and vertical dynamics of planktonic communities at Sofala Bank, Mozambique

    Leal, M. C.; Sá, C.; Nordez, S.; Brotas, V.; Paula, J.

    2009-10-01

    Coastal ecosystem processes are largely influenced by the interaction of different factors operating at various temporal and spatial scales, specifically those responsible for primary production patterns that modulate zooplankton and subsequent trophic levels. Hydrological processes, such as tidal cycles and coastal currents, nutrients availability, phytoplankton groups (studied through algal pigment signatures analysed by HPLC), and zooplankton abundance and distribution were investigated at the Sofala Bank (Mozambique), with special emphasis on their horizontal distribution and vertical dynamics (48 h). Horizontal distribution has shown inshore-offshore gradients in all analysed parameters, as well as inshore waters intrusion probably related to Zambezi River delta runoff. Tidal currents were responsible for major hydrological vertical variations and for horizontal and vertical advection of phytoplankton biomass in the surface and deepest layers, respectively. Nutrient concentrations were typical from oligotrophic regions, and nutrient ratios were strongly influenced by depleted nitrate + nitrite concentrations, indicating low estuarine discharges typical from the dry season. The very low N:P ratio obtained suggests strong nitrogen limitation to phytoplankton communities, supporting the low phytoplankton abundance observed. Both phytoplankton pigments and zooplankton were found mainly near the bottom (40 m depth), despite the latter displayed vertical migrations triggered by light variations. Phytoplankton community was dominated by microflagellates, specifically prymnesiophyceans, and behaved as a whole, except Cyanobacteria that displayed vertical distribution movements different from other phytoplankton groups, being mainly concentrated at mid-water column depths (10-20 m). This investigation enhances physico-chemical phenomena and their importance determining the planktonic communities vertical dynamics at Sofala Bank, a tropical coastal ecosystem of the Western Indian Ocean where planktonic dynamics are still poorly described and understood.

  17. The contribution of zooplankton faecal pellets to deep-carbon transport in the Scotia Sea (Southern Ocean)

    Manno, C.; Stowasser, G.; Enderlein, P.; Fielding, S.; Tarling, G. A.

    2015-03-01

    The northern Scotia Sea contains the largest seasonal uptake of atmospheric carbon dioxide yet measured in the Southern Ocean. This study examines one of the main routes by which this carbon fluxes to the deep ocean: through the production of faecal pellets (FPs) by the zooplankton community. Deep sediment traps were deployed at two sites with contrasting ocean productivity regimes (P3, naturally iron-fertilized, and P2, iron-limited) within the same water mass. The magnitude and seasonal pattern of particulate organic carbon (POC) and FPs in the traps was markedly different between the two sites. Maximum fluxes at P3 (22.91 mg C m-2 d-1; 2534 FP m-2 d1) were 1 order of magnitude higher than at P2 (4.01 mg C m-2 d-1; 915 FP m-2 d1, with flux at P3 exhibiting a double seasonal peak, compared to a single flatter peak at P2. The maximum contribution of FP carbon to the total amount of POC was twice as high at P3 (91%) compared to P2 (40%). The dominant FP category at P3 varied between round, ovoidal, cylindrical and tabular over the course of the year, while, at P2, ovoidal FPs were consistently dominant, always making up more than 60% of the FP assemblage. There was also a difference in the FP state between the two sites, with FPs being relatively intact at P3, while FPs were often fragmented with broken peritrophic membranes at P2. The exception was ovoidal FPs, which were relatively intact at both sites. Our observations suggest that there was a community shift from a herbivorous to an omnivorous diet from spring through to autumn at P3, while detritivores had a higher relative importance over the year at P2. Furthermore, the flux was mainly a product of the vertically migrating zooplankton community at P3, while the FP flux was more likely to be generated by deeper-dwelling zooplankton feeding on recycled material at P2. The results demonstrate that the feeding behaviour and vertical distribution of the zooplankton community plays a critical role in controlling the magnitude of carbon export to the deep ocean in this region.

  18. Vertical migration of 60Co, 137Cs and 226Ra in agricultural soils as observed in lysimeters under crop rotation

    In most studies quantifying the migration parameters - apparent migration velocity and apparent dispersion coefficient - of radionuclides in the soil by model calculations, these parameters are determined for undisturbed soils. For soils disturbed by ploughing, however, no such data are available in the literature. Therefore, in the present study, the migration parameters of 137Cs, 60Co and 226Ra were estimated for ploughed soils by means of a convection-dispersion model. The depth distributions of the radionuclides were determined in four lysimeters (area: 1 m2, depth of soil monolith: 0.75 m) filled with artificially contaminated soils of different types in July 1990. The lysimeters were cropped with agricultural plants. The soil in each lysimeter was ploughed manually once a year until 1996 (plough depth 20 cm). In July 1999, soil samples were collected from three pits in each lysimeter. The depth distributions of all radionuclides proved to be very similar in each soil pit. The spatial variability of the depth distributions of a given radionuclide within the lysimeters was about the same as their variability between the four lysimeters. Evaluation of the migration parameters revealed that the convective transport of the radionuclides was always rather small or even zero, while the dispersive transport caused a 'melting' process of the initially sharp activity edge at the lower border of the Ap horizon. These results are explained by the high evapotranspiration (80-90% of the total precipitation plus irrigation) and the small amounts of seepage water during the observation period of 9 years

  19. Spatial and temporal habitat partitioning by zooplankton in the Bornholm Basin (central Baltic Sea)

    Schultz, J.; Peck, M.A.; Barz, K.; Schmidt, J.O.; Hansen, F.C.; Peters, J.; Renz, J.; Dickmann, M.; Mohrholz, V.; Dutz, Jörg; Hirche, H.-J.

    2012-01-01

    The deep basins in the Baltic Sea such as the Bornholm Basin (BB) are subject to seasonal changes in the strength of physico-chemical stratification. These depth-related changes in key abiotic factors are strong drivers of habitat partitioning by the autochthonous zooplankton community. Species...... species composition of zooplankton in the BB based upon broad-scale survey data: 832 vertically-resolved (10 m) multinet samples collected at nine stations between March 2002 and May 2003. Changes in the zooplankton community were significantly correlated with changes in ambient hydrography. Each of five...... taxa (Bosmina coregoni maritima, Acartia spp., Pseudocalanus spp., Temora longicornis, Synchaeta spp.) contributed >10% to the zooplankton community composition. The appearance of cladocerans was mainly correlated with the phenology of thermocline development in the spring. The cladoceran B. coregoni...

  20. ANNUAL REPORT. INFLUENCE OF CLASTIC DIKES ON VERTICAL MIGRATION OF CONTAMINANTS IN THE VADOSE ZONE AT HANFORD

    This research is testing the hypothesis that clastic dikes at the Hanford Site provide preferential pathways that enhance the vertical movement of moisture and contaminants through the vadose zone. Current flow and transport models of the vadose zone at the 200 Areas are based on...

  1. PROGRESS REPORT. INFLUENCE OF CLASTIC DIKES ON VERTICAL MIGRATION OF CONTAMINANTS IN THE VADOSE ZONE AT HANFORD

    This research project addresses the effect of clastic dikes on contaminant transport in the vadose zone. Clastic dikes are vertically oriented subsurface heterogeneities that are common at the Hanford Site, including the subsurface sediments below the tank farms in the 200 West A...

  2. ZOOPLANKTON AS A FOOD SOURCE

    While thousands of zooplankton species could potentially serve as food for larval stages of cultured fish and crustaceans, the aquaculturists practical choice of a reproducible live food ratio is quite limited. In practice, rotifers and brine shrimp are the most commonly used zoo...

  3. Vertical distribution (0–1000 m) of gelatinous zooplankton and particulate matter (60ìm<<5mm) along the Mid Atlantic ridge in the North Atlantic. Potential impact of appendicularians on particle aggregation

    Stemmann, L; A. Hosia; Youngbluth, M. J.; Søiland, H.; Picheral, M.; Gorsky, G.

    2007-01-01

    The vertical distribution (0-1000 m depth) of macrozooplankton along the northern portion of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (59°58N, 25°53W to 41°29N, 28°19W) was investigated during the MARECO program (June and July 2004) using the Underwater Video Profiler (UVP). Twelve relatively large (> 1 cm) groups were selected from the recorded images: sarcodines (with two sub-groups), crustaceans (excluding copepods), chaetognaths, ctenophores (with two sub-groups cydippids and lobates), siphonophores, medus...

  4. Effects of phytoplankton vertical migration on the formation of oxygen depleted water in a shallow coastal sea

    Haraguchi, K.; Yamamoto, T.; Chiba, S.; Shimizu, Y.; Nagao, M.

    2010-02-01

    In this paper, oxygen budget was estimated for the lower layer of water column in a semi-enclosed bay, Ago Bay, Japan. Benthic oxygen consumption rates were measured directly with an in situ measurement device from 13 July to 16 August 2004. Oxygen budget was calculated based on physical, chemical and biological processes using the observed data. Along with the change of the water column structure at the time of a hit of typhoon, dominant phytoplankton species shifted from the diatom Skeletonema costatum to the dinoflagellate Heterocapsa circularisquama. During the diatom-dominating period, oxygen supply rate in the lower layer due to photosynthesis was comparable to or slightly lower than the sediment oxygen consumption rate. In contrast, during the dominance of the dinoflagellate, net oxygen budget was significantly negative in the lower layer while it was positive in the upper layer. This could be attributed to the migration behavior of the dominant dinoflagellate H. circularisquama that swim up to the upper layer and produce oxygen in daytime, and swim down to the lower layer and consume oxygen in nighttime. The results of the present study suggest that phytoplankton migration behavior can enhance the development of oxygen depleted water mass in the lower layer of eutrophic shallow coastal seas.

  5. Investigation of adsorption and vertical migration of 137Cs in three kinds of soil at Lublin vicinity

    The results of field, column and laboratory studies carried out on three types of mineral soils are presented. Based on the field tests, average migration rates of 137Cs were calculated. The highest rate was found for the brown soil (FAO/UNESCO - Cambisol). Cesium migrated with the lowest rate in the podzol soil (FAO/UNESCO - Cambic Podzol). The column experiments confirmed the above observation. In laboratory tests the adsorption and desorption isotherms of Cs were determined on samples taken from 0-2 cm layers of each soil profile. It was found from the calculated partition coefficients that Cs is always irreversibly bonded to some extent, but it appears to be completely and irreversibly immobilized on the podzol soil. The permanent retention of cesium in the podzol soil was also confirmed by microcalorimetric studies. The desorption energy was negligibly small and amounted to -0.21 mJ/g. In the brown soil, containing prevailing amounts of loamy minerals, the desorption energy was found to be 106.89 mJ/g. The investigations are supplemented by the sorption kinetics measurements. These indicate that the adsorption equilibrium is reached after a dozen, up to twenty or so minutes. (author)

  6. Levels of 137Cs in muddy sediments on the seabed in the Bay of Cadiz (Spain). Part II. Model of vertical migration of 137Cs

    This second part of the study reports the development of a model to describe the vertical migration of the artificial radioisotope 137Cs in the sediment column on the seabed of the Bay of Cadiz. The application of the model provides an overall picture of the process of sedimentation in the Inner Bay of Cadiz. The spatial distribution of the rate of sedimentation enables us to study the sources of sediments and the means by which the sediments have been transported. A method has been derived from the rate of sedimentation to perform the dating of the layers of sediment. The model describes the behaviour of 137Cs in the area under study, taking into account the time of residence in the zones that are the source of accumulation, the origin of the sedimentary material, together with the diffusion of the radionuclide in the sediment of the seabed

  7. Acoustic estimates of zooplankton and micronekton biomass in cyclones and anticyclones of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico

    Ressler, Patrick Henry

    2001-12-01

    In the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), coarse to mesoscale eddies can enhance the supply of limiting nutrients into the euphotic zone, elevating primary production. This leads to 'oases' of enriched standing stocks of zooplankton and micronekton in otherwise oligotrophic deepwater (>200 m bottom depth). A combination of acoustic volume backscattering (Sv) measurements with an acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) and concurrent net sampling of zooplankton and micronekton biomass in GOM eddy fields between October 1996 and November 1998 confirmed that cyclones and flow confluences were areas of locally enhanced Sv and standing stock biomass. Net samples were used both to 'sea-truth' the acoustic measurements and to assess the influence of taxonomic composition on measured Sv. During October 1996 and August 1997, a mesoscale (200--300 km diameter) cyclone-anticyclone pair in the northeastern GOM was surveyed as part of a cetacean (whale and dolphin) and seabird habitat, study. Acoustic estimates of biomass in the upper 10--50 m of the water column showed that the cyclone and flow confluence were enriched relative to anticyclonic Loop Current Eddies during both years. Cetacean and seabird survey results reported by other project researchers imply that these eddies provide preferential habitat because they foster locally higher concentrations of higher-trophic-level prey. Sv measurements in November 1997 and 1998 showed that coarse scale eddies (30--150 km diameter) probably enhanced nutrients and S, in the deepwater GOM within 100 km of the Mississippi delta, an area suspected to be important habitat for cetaceans and seabirds. Finally, Sv, data collected during November-December 1997 and October-December 1998 from a mooring at the head of DeSoto Canyon in the northeastern GOM revealed temporal variability at a single location: characteristic temporal decorrelation scales were 1 day (diel vertical migration of zooplankton and micronekton) and 5 days (advective processes). A combination of acoustic and net sampling is a useful way to survey temporal and spatial patterns in zooplankton and micronekton biomass in coarse to mesoscale eddies. Further research should employ such a combination of methods to investigate plankton patterns in eddies and their implications for cetacean and seabird habitat.

  8. Influence of Irrigation Rate and Soil Type on the Vertical Migration of Iron and Manganese in the Soils of South-East Spain

    The citrus plantations in south-east Spain, situated largely on calcareous soils which are submitted to intensive cultivation, are investigating nutritional changes caused mainly by deficiencies of trace elements, especially iron and manganese, which result in a lower yield and premature exhaustion of the trees. The paper deals with a radioactive tracer study of the behaviour of these ions in soils and with the factors influencing their migration to the root zone; the object of the work is to develop a rational and economic fertilization policy. The work has been based on two types of soil, representing extreme situations encountered in practice; one soil is calcareous and the other non-calcareous. A set of columnsiwas assembled, each column having a length of 1 m and a cross-section of 32 cm2 ; solutions of 59Fe and 54Mn were added to these columns both in sulphate and chelate form. A definite amount of water, proportional to the requirements .of citrus plantations, was intermittently passed through these columns. Soil samples were taken periodically and the total activity and the activity of the assimilable and non-assimilable fractions of the elements being studied were measured. At the same time an apparatus involving a collimated scintillation detector was developed to follow the vertical migration of these ions in soils; the water drained from the columns after each irrigation was analysed radiochemically for the same purpose. (author)

  9. Zooplankton species identities, zooplankton species number per sample, and zooplankton abundance collected using zooplankton net as part of the California Cooperative Fisheries Investigation (CALCOFI) project, for 1994-03-01 (NODC Accession 9700104)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Zooplankton species identities, zooplankton species number per sample, and zooplankton abundance were collected from March 1, 1994 to March 1, 1994. Data were...

  10. Zooplankton interactions with the oxygen minimum zone in the eastern south pacific Interacciones del zooplancton con la zona de mnimo oxigeno en el Pacfico sur oriental

    Rubn Escribano

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Zooplankton in the coastal upwelling zone off the eastern South Pacific must cope with a shallow oxygen minimum zone. In this work, I summarize available information on the zooplankton species that interact with the OMZ in the upwelling region off northern Chile. Data are available from the MinOx cruise carried out in March 2000 and the ZOMEI cruise perfomed in October 2005, both onboard the R/V Vidal Gormaz of the Chilean navy. Nineteen species of copepods and 10 of euphausiids were analyzed in their vertical distribution and migrating behavior. Several abundante species appeared constrained by the OMZ and restricted to the upper 50m layer. However, other abundant species inhabit temporarily or permanently the OMZ contributing substantially to the vertical flux of C produced in the photic zone through active vertical migration. Population dynamics and life cycle strategies, as well as metabolic adaptations of the species, may not only modulate their contributions to vertical fluxes of C, but also to the maintenance and persistence of the oxygen-depleted water mass.El zooplancton de la zona de surgencia costera en el Pacfico Sur Oriental se encuentra afecto a una zona de mnimo de oxgeno muy somera (ZMO. En el presente trabajo, se resume la informacin disponible de las especies del zooplancton que interactuan con la ZMO en la regin de surgencia del norte de Chile. Los datos provienen desde los cruceros MinOx y ZOMEI realizados en marzo del 2000 y octubre del 2005, respectivamente a bordo del R/V Vidal Gormz de la Armada de Chile. Cerca de 19 especies de coppodos y 10 de eufusidos se analizaron en su distribucin vertical y conducta migratoria. Varias especies abundantes se encuentran restringidas por la ZMO a la capa superior de 50 m. Sin embargo, otras especies abundantes habitan temporal o permanentemente la ZOM, contribuyendo sustancialmente al flujo vertical de C producido en la zona ftica a travs de la migracin vertical activa. La dinmica poblacional y las estrategias de los ciclos de vida, as como las adaptaciones metablicas de las distintas especies, pueden no solo modular la contribucin de ellas a los flujos verticales de C, sino que adems a la mantencin y persistencia de la masa de agua deficiente en oxgeno.

  11. Zooplankton interactions with the oxygen minimum zone in the eastern south pacific / Interacciones del zooplancton con la zona de mnimo oxigeno en el Pacfico sur oriental

    Rubn, Escribano.

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available El zooplancton de la zona de surgencia costera en el Pacfico Sur Oriental se encuentra afecto a una zona de mnimo de oxgeno muy somera (ZMO). En el presente trabajo, se resume la informacin disponible de las especies del zooplancton que interactuan con la ZMO en la regin de surgencia del norte [...] de Chile. Los datos provienen desde los cruceros MinOx y ZOMEI realizados en marzo del 2000 y octubre del 2005, respectivamente a bordo del R/V Vidal Gormz de la Armada de Chile. Cerca de 19 especies de coppodos y 10 de eufusidos se analizaron en su distribucin vertical y conducta migratoria. Varias especies abundantes se encuentran restringidas por la ZMO a la capa superior de 50 m. Sin embargo, otras especies abundantes habitan temporal o permanentemente la ZOM, contribuyendo sustancialmente al flujo vertical de C producido en la zona ftica a travs de la migracin vertical activa. La dinmica poblacional y las estrategias de los ciclos de vida, as como las adaptaciones metablicas de las distintas especies, pueden no solo modular la contribucin de ellas a los flujos verticales de C, sino que adems a la mantencin y persistencia de la masa de agua deficiente en oxgeno. Abstract in english Zooplankton in the coastal upwelling zone off the eastern South Pacific must cope with a shallow oxygen minimum zone. In this work, I summarize available information on the zooplankton species that interact with the OMZ in the upwelling region off northern Chile. Data are available from the MinOx cr [...] uise carried out in March 2000 and the ZOMEI cruise perfomed in October 2005, both onboard the R/V Vidal Gormaz of the Chilean navy. Nineteen species of copepods and 10 of euphausiids were analyzed in their vertical distribution and migrating behavior. Several abundante species appeared constrained by the OMZ and restricted to the upper 50m layer. However, other abundant species inhabit temporarily or permanently the OMZ contributing substantially to the vertical flux of C produced in the photic zone through active vertical migration. Population dynamics and life cycle strategies, as well as metabolic adaptations of the species, may not only modulate their contributions to vertical fluxes of C, but also to the maintenance and persistence of the oxygen-depleted water mass.

  12. Interactions of Vibrio spp. with Zooplankton.

    Erken, Martina; Lutz, Carla; McDougald, Diane

    2015-06-01

    Members of the genus Vibrio are known to interact with phyto- and zooplankton in aquatic environments. These interactions have been proven to protect the bacterium from various environmental stresses, serve as a nutrient source, facilitate exchange of DNA, and to serve as vectors of disease transmission. This review highlights the impact of Vibrio-zooplankton interactions at the ecosystem scale and the importance of studies focusing on a wide range of Vibrio-zooplankton interactions. The current knowledge on chitin utilization (i.e., chemotaxis, attachment, and degradation) and the role of these factors in attachment to nonchitinous zooplankton is also presented. PMID:26185068

  13. Zooplankton and forage fish species off Peru: Large-scale bottom-up forcing and local-scale depletion

    Ayón, Patricia; Swartzman, Gordon; Bertrand, Arnaud; Gutiérrez, Mariano; Bertrand, Sophie

    2008-10-01

    The Humboldt Current System, like all upwelling systems, has dramatic quantities of plankton-feeding fish, which suggested that their population dynamics may ‘drive’ or ‘control’ ecosystem dynamics. With this in mind we analysed the relationship between forage fish populations and their main prey, zooplankton populations. Our study combined a zooplankton sampling program (1961-2005) with simultaneous acoustic observations on fish from 40 pelagic surveys (1983-2005) conducted by the Peruvian Marine Research Institute (IMARPE) and landing statistics for anchoveta ( Engraulis ringens) and sardine ( Sardinops sagax) along the Peruvian coast from 1961 to 2005. The multi-year trend of anchoveta population abundance varied consistently with zooplankton biovolume trend, suggesting bottom-up control on anchovy at the population scale (since oceanographic conditions and phytoplankton production support the changes in zooplankton abundance). For a finer-scale analysis (km) we statistically modelled zooplankton biovolume as a function of geographical (latitude and distance from the 200-m isobath), environmental (sea surface temperature), temporal (year, month and time-of-day) and biological (acoustic anchovy and sardine biomass within 5 km of each zooplankton sample) covariates over all survey using both classification and regression trees (CART) and generalized additive models (GAM). CART showed local anchoveta density to have the strongest effect on zooplankton biovolume, with significantly reduced levels of biovolume for higher neighbourhood anchoveta biomass. Additionally, zooplankton biovolume was higher offshore than on the shelf. GAM results corroborated the CART findings, also showing a clear diel effect on zooplankton biovolume, probably due to diel migration or daytime net avoidance. Apparently, the observed multi-year population scale bottom-up control is not inconsistent with local depletion of zooplankton when anchoveta are locally abundant, since the latter effect was observed over a wide range of overall anchoveta abundance.

  14. Circum-crater variability of deposits from discrete, laterally and vertically migrating volcanic explosions: Experimental evidence and field implications

    Graettinger, A. H.; Valentine, G. A.; Sonder, I.

    2015-12-01

    Circumferential variation in sorting, thickness, granulometry, and componentry of tephra ring deposits can result from instabilities in the eruptive jet and interactions with the confining crater. Jet instabilities result in fingers of high particle concentrations that form deposits radiating away from a crater, referred to as rays. Two major types of rayed deposits are described from subsurface explosion experiments: (1) symmetrical rayed deposits with an axisymmetric ejecta blanket, which result from vertically directed eruptive jets and (2) zones of rays that extend out from sectors of a crater, with an asymmetrical proximal ejecta skirt, that result from inclined jets. Variations within each group are also associated with variations in the explosion depth relative to the energy of the explosion. Although the surface morphology of rays is likely to be lost in natural tephra rings due to overlapping deposits of numerous explosions, rayed deposits are expected to be preserved in cross section as lenses of relatively coarse and poorly sorted material compared to surrounding deposits. Asymmetrical deposits of inclined jets are anticipated to be particularly distinctive. The experimental facies associations indicate that these deposits would be easily distinguished, given sufficient exposure, from other heterogeneities caused by wind influence, collapse of the crater rim, or the influence of topography on density currents. These experimental results can also be used to further the discussion of deposits from inclined jets from other explosion scenarios, such as Vulcanian blasts and hydrothermal explosions. The experimental rayed deposits described here indicate that the classic interpretation of clast concentration zones in tephra ring deposits must be reevaluated.

  15. Mechanisms controlling lateral and vertical porewater migration of depleted uranium (DU) at two UK weapons testing sites

    Uranium associations with colloidal and truly dissolved soil porewater components from two Ministry of Defence Firing Ranges in the UK were investigated. Porewater samples from 2-cm depth intervals for three soil cores from each of the Dundrennan and Eskmeals ranges were fractionated using centrifugal ultrafiltration (UF) and gel electrophoresis (GE). Soil porewaters from a transect running downslope from the Dundrennan firing area towards a stream (Dunrod Burn) were examined similarly. Uranium concentrations and isotopic composition were determined using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) and Multi-Collector-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS), respectively. The soils at Dundrennan were Fe- and Al-rich clay-loam soils whilst at Eskmeals, they were Fe- and Al-poor sandy soils; both, however, had similar organic matter contents due to the presence of a near-surface peaty layer at Eskmeals. These compositional features influenced the porewater composition and indeed the associations of U (and DU). In general, at Dundrennan, U was split between large (100 kDa-0.2 μm) and small (3-30 kDa) organic colloids whilst at Eskmeals, U was mainly in the small colloidal and truly dissolved fractions. Especially below 10 cm depth, association with large Fe/Al/organic colloids was considered to be a precursor to the removal of U from the Dundrennan porewaters to the solid phase. In contrast, the association of U with small organic colloids was largely responsible for inhibiting attenuation in the Eskmeals soils. Lateral migration of U (and DU) through near-surface Dundrennan soils will involve both large and small colloids but, at depth, transport of the smaller amounts of U remaining in the porewaters may involve large colloids only. For one of the Dundrennan cores the importance of redox-related processes for the re-mobilisation of DU was also indicated as MnIV reduction resulted in the release of both MnII and UVI into the truly dissolved phase. - Research Highlights: → U associations in soil porewaters at DU munitions sites were investigated. → U distribution among colloidal/dissolved fractions varied with soil type and depth. → U association with large Fe-Al-organic colloids led to removal from soil porewaters. → Small organic colloidal association inhibited U removal from sandy soil porewaters. → Reductive dissolution of Mn can release 'truly dissolved' U into soil porewaters.

  16. Mechanisms controlling lateral and vertical porewater migration of depleted uranium (DU) at two UK weapons testing sites

    Graham, Margaret C., E-mail: Margaret.Graham@ed.ac.uk [School of GeoSciences, Crew Building, University of Edinburgh, The King' s Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JN (United Kingdom); Oliver, Ian W.; MacKenzie, Angus B.; Ellam, Robert M. [Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), Rankine Avenue, Scottish Enterprise Technology Park, East Kilbride, G75 0QF (United Kingdom); Farmer, John G. [School of GeoSciences, Crew Building, University of Edinburgh, The King' s Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JN (United Kingdom)

    2011-04-15

    Uranium associations with colloidal and truly dissolved soil porewater components from two Ministry of Defence Firing Ranges in the UK were investigated. Porewater samples from 2-cm depth intervals for three soil cores from each of the Dundrennan and Eskmeals ranges were fractionated using centrifugal ultrafiltration (UF) and gel electrophoresis (GE). Soil porewaters from a transect running downslope from the Dundrennan firing area towards a stream (Dunrod Burn) were examined similarly. Uranium concentrations and isotopic composition were determined using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) and Multi-Collector-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS), respectively. The soils at Dundrennan were Fe- and Al-rich clay-loam soils whilst at Eskmeals, they were Fe- and Al-poor sandy soils; both, however, had similar organic matter contents due to the presence of a near-surface peaty layer at Eskmeals. These compositional features influenced the porewater composition and indeed the associations of U (and DU). In general, at Dundrennan, U was split between large (100 kDa-0.2 {mu}m) and small (3-30 kDa) organic colloids whilst at Eskmeals, U was mainly in the small colloidal and truly dissolved fractions. Especially below 10 cm depth, association with large Fe/Al/organic colloids was considered to be a precursor to the removal of U from the Dundrennan porewaters to the solid phase. In contrast, the association of U with small organic colloids was largely responsible for inhibiting attenuation in the Eskmeals soils. Lateral migration of U (and DU) through near-surface Dundrennan soils will involve both large and small colloids but, at depth, transport of the smaller amounts of U remaining in the porewaters may involve large colloids only. For one of the Dundrennan cores the importance of redox-related processes for the re-mobilisation of DU was also indicated as Mn{sup IV} reduction resulted in the release of both Mn{sup II} and U{sup VI} into the truly dissolved phase. - Research Highlights: {yields} U associations in soil porewaters at DU munitions sites were investigated. {yields} U distribution among colloidal/dissolved fractions varied with soil type and depth. {yields} U association with large Fe-Al-organic colloids led to removal from soil porewaters. {yields} Small organic colloidal association inhibited U removal from sandy soil porewaters. {yields} Reductive dissolution of Mn can release 'truly dissolved' U into soil porewaters.

  17. Stratification of zooplankton in the northwestern Indian Ocean

    Paulinose, V.T.; Gopalakrishnan, T.C.; Nair, K.K.C.; Aravindakshan, P.N.

    August, 1983. In most of the samples, the dominant groups in the order of their numerical abundance were copepods, chaetognaths, foraminifera, ostracods and decapods. The study has revealed a pronounced diurnal vertical migration in almost all areas...

  18. Zooplankton of the Zaporiz’ke Reservoir

    T. V. Mykolaichuk

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper is devoted to zooplankton species composition in the Zaporiz’ke Reservoir. The greatest species diversity was found in the macrophyte communities of the upper reservoir’s littoral, but the least zooplankton diversity – in the pelagic zone of the lower reservoir.

  19. Zooplankton research off Peru: A review

    Ayón, Patricia; Criales-Hernandez, Maria I.; Schwamborn, Ralf; Hirche, Hans-Jürgen

    2008-10-01

    A review of zooplankton studies conducted in Peruvian marine waters is given. After a short history of the development of zooplankton research off Peru, we review zooplankton methodology, taxonomy, biodiversity, spatial distribution, seasonal and interannual variability, trophodynamics, secondary production, and modelling. We review studies on several micro-, meso-, macro-, and meroplankton groups, and give a species list from both published and unpublished reports. Three regional zooplankton groups have been identified: (1) a continental shelf group dominated by Acartia tonsa and Centropages brachiatus; (2) a continental slope group characterized by siphonophores, bivalves, foraminifera and radiolaria; (3) and a species-rich oceanic group. The highest zooplankton abundances and biomasses were often found between 4-6°S and 14-16°S, where continental shelves are narrow. Species composition changes with distance from the shore. Species composition and biomass also vary strongly on short time scales due to advection, peaks of larval production, trophic interactions, and community succession. The relation of zooplankton to climatic variability (ENSO and multi-decadal) and fish stocks is discussed in the context of ecological regime shifts. An intermediate upwelling hypothesis is proposed, based on the negative effects of low upwelling intensity in summer or extremely strong and enduring winter upwelling on zooplankton abundance off Peru. According to this hypothesis, intermediate upwelling creates an optimal environmental window for zooplankton communities. Finally, we highlight important knowledge gaps that warrant attention in future.

  20. Species diversity and community structure of zooplankton in the Zhubi Atoll, Nansha Islands, South China Sea

    Jianqiang Yin; Liangmin Huang; Kaizhi Li; Lanlan Xiong

    2011-01-01

    Coral reefs contain the highest biodiversity ecosystem on Earth. In order to improve our understanding of the biodiversity and zooplankton communities, zooplankton was sampled using vertical trawls with 169 μm and 505 μm planktonic nets at 10 stations (5 within lagoon and 5 on reef flat) and one continuous observatory station from the 5th to the 15th of May, 2004 in the Zhubi Atoll of the Nansha Islands. A total of 96 species and 17 groups of planktonic larvae were identified, among which the...

  1. {sup 137}Cs concentration in zooplankton and its relation to taxonomic composition in the western North Pacific Ocean

    Kaeriyama, Hideki [Nakaminato Laboratory for Marine Radioecology, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Isozaki 3609, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki 311-1202 (Japan)], E-mail: hideki_k@nirs.go.jp; Watabe, Teruhisa [Nakaminato Laboratory for Marine Radioecology, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Isozaki 3609, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki 311-1202 (Japan); Kusakabe, Masashi [Nakaminato Laboratory for Marine Radioecology, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Isozaki 3609, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki 311-1202 (Japan); Fundamental Technology Center, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage-ku, Chiba 263-8555 (Japan)

    2008-12-15

    To study the role of zooplankton in the transport of {sup 137}Cs in the ocean, zooplankton samples were collected in October 2005 and June 2006 in the western North Pacific Ocean. The peak zooplankton biomass was observed in the surface layer, and gelatinous plankton was more abundant in October 2005 than in June 2006 reflecting exchange of water masses. The concentrations of {sup 137}Cs in zooplankton varied from 11 to 24 mBq kg wet{sup -1} and were higher in October 2005 than in June 2006. The elevated abundance of gelatinous zooplankton probably led to higher concentration of {sup 137}Cs in zooplankton in October 2005. Annual export fluxes of {sup 137}Cs by ontogenetic vertical migrant copepods were estimated to be 0.8 and 0.6 mBq m{sup -2} year{sup -1} at 200 and 1000 m depths, respectively; this suggested that transport of {sup 137}Cs by zooplankton may be no trivial pathway.

  2. Trait-based approaches to zooplankton communities

    Lichtman, E.; Ohman, M.D.; Kiørboe, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    and ecosystem models is necessary to generate realistic predictions on the functioning of aquatic ecosystems but remains extremely challenging. We propose that the use of trait-based approaches is a promising way to reduce complexity while retaining realism in developing novel descriptions of...... zooplankton in ecosystem models. Characterizing zooplankton traits and trade-offs will also be helpful in understanding the selection pressures and diversity patterns that emerge in different ecosystems along major environmental gradients. Zooplankton traits can be characterized according to their function...... and type. Some traits, such as body size and motility, transcend several functions and are major determinants of zooplankton ecological strategies. Future developments of trait-based approaches to zooplankton should assemble a comprehensive matrix of key traits for diverse groups and explore it for...

  3. Fish-mediated trait compensation in zooplankton

    Hylander, Samuel; Souza, M.S.; Balseiro, E.; Modenutti, B.; Hansson, L.-A.

    2012-01-01

    predation and UVR defences. 3. Zooplankton exposed to fish predator cues (no direct predation) reduced their pigmentation by c. 30% in 20 days. However, they were able to rapidly counteract negative UVR effects by increasing the activity of antioxidant defences such as glutathione S-transferase (GST). When...... exposed to UVR, the GST activity increased by c. 100% in zooplankton that had previously reduced their pigmentation because of fish cues. Transparency in the zooplankton did not lead to considerably higher UVR damage, here measured as inhibition of olinesterase (ChE). 4. We conclude that zooplankton...... pigmentation and antioxidant enzymes are flexible UVR defence systems, which can be induced when needed. Zooplankton may employ antioxidant defences when pigmentation is reduced to counteract predation risk and thereby rapidly respond to detrimental effects of UVR exposure, that is, they can compensate one...

  4. Abundance, composition, and distribution of crustacean zooplankton in relation to hypolimnetic oxygen depletion in west-central Lake Erie

    Heberger, Roy F.; Reynolds, James B.

    1977-01-01

    Samples of crustacean zooplankton were collected monthly in west-central Lake Erie in April and June to October 1968, and in July and August 1970, before and during periods of hypolimnetic dissolved oxygen (DO) depletion. The water column at offshore stations was thermally stratified from June through September 1968, and the hypolimnion contained no DO in mid-August of 1968 or 1970. Composition, abundance, and vertical distribution of crustacean zooplankton changed coincidentally with oxygen depletion. From July to early August, zooplankton abundance dropped 79% in 1968 and 50% in 1970. The declines were attributed largely to a sharp decrease in abundance of planktonic Cyclops bicuspidatus thomasi. Zooplankton composition shifted from mainly cyclopoid copepods in July to mainly cladocerans and copepod nauplii in middle to late August. We believe that mortality of adults and dormancy of copepodites in response to anoxia was the probable reason for the late summer decline in planktonic C. b. thomasi.

  5. Eclipse effects on field crops and marine zooplankton: the 29 March 2006 Total Solar Eclipse

    G. Economou

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects in the biosphere from the Total Solar Eclipse of 29 March 2006 were investigated in field crops and marine zooplankton. Taking into account the decisive role of light on the photoenergetic and photoregulatory plant processes, measurements of photosynthesis and stomatal behaviour were conducted on seven important field-grown cereal and leguminous crops. A drop in photosynthetic rates, by more than a factor of 5 in some cases, was observed, and the minimum values of photosynthetic rates ranged between 3.13 and 10.13 ?mol CO2 m?2 s?1. However, since solar irradiance attenuation has not at the same time induced stomatal closure thus not blocking CO2 uptake by plants, it is probably other endogenous factors that has been responsible for the observed fall in photosynthetic rates. Field studies addressing the migratory responses of marine zooplankton (micro-zooplankton (ciliates, and meso-zooplankton due to the rapid changes in underwater light intensity were also performed. The light intensity attenuation was simulated with the use of accurate underwater radiative transfer modeling techniques. Ciliates, responded to the rapid decrease in light intensity during the eclipse adopting night-time behaviour. From the meso-zooplankton assemblage, various vertical migratory behaviours were adopted by different species.

  6. Zooplankton diversity and distribution in a deep and anoxic Mediterranean coastal lake

    G. KEHAYIAS

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The variation of the smaller size fraction of zooplankton was investigated during a two-year period in a brackish deep and anoxic coastal lake of western Greece (Aitoliko, along with the specific environmental characteristics of this ecosystem. The zooplanktonic community comprised a relatively small number of taxa and it was dominated by brackish-water calanoid copepods (Paracartia latisetosa, Calanipeda aquaedulcis and in certain periods by rotifers and tintinnids. The zooplankton abundance showed an increase in the warmer period starting from late spring and reached maximum values in July. In the well oxygenated surface layer, temperature was the most important parameter influencing the seasonal cycles of all groups. In contrast, the oxygen depletion a few meters under the surface affected the vertical distribution of most of the zooplankton groups, which were found restricted in the surface layer especially from spring until autumn. Only the meroplanktonic larvae of polychaetes presented increased proportions in the deeper layers. Salinity has not significantly influenced the zooplanktonic assemblages. The results point out the degraded status of the Aitoliko basin where the hypoxic/anoxic layers resulted to a high portion of dead organic material identified as copepod carcasses, and underlines the necessity of monitoring of this ecosystem.

  7. Eclipse effects on field crops and marine zooplankton: the 29 March 2006 total solar eclipse

    G. Economou

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Some effects in the biosphere from the Total Solar Eclipse of 29 March 2006 were investigated in field crops and marine zooplankton. Taking into account the decisive role of light on plant life and productivity, measurements of photosynthesis and stomatal behaviour were conducted on seven important field-grown cereal and leguminous crops. A drop in photosynthetic rates, by more than a factor of 5 in some cases, was observed, and the minimum values of photosynthetic rates ranged between 3.13 and 10.13 μmol CO2 m−2 s−1. The drop in solar irradiance and the increase in mesophyll CO2-concentration during the eclipse did not induce stomatal closure thus not blocking CO2 uptake by plants. Light effects on the photochemical phase of photosynthesis may be responsible for the observed depression in photosynthetic rates. Field studies addressing the migratory responses of marine zooplankton (micro-zooplankton (ciliates, and meso-zooplankton due to the rapid changes in underwater light intensity were also performed. The light intensity attenuation was simulated with the use of accurate underwater radiative transfer modeling techniques. Ciliates, responded to the rapid decrease in light intensity during the eclipse adopting night-time behaviour. From the meso-zooplankton assemblage, various vertical migratory behaviours were adopted by different species.

  8. Three-dimensional acoustic visualization of zooplankton patchiness

    Greene, Charles H.; Wiebe, Peter H.; Pelkie, Chris; Benfield, Mark C.; Popp, Jacqueline M.

    Acoustic data were collected and visualized to characterize the 3-dimensional patchiness of zooplankton at a thermally stratified site on Georges Bank. The work was carried out as part of a field study conducted to examine the effects of springtime water-column stratification on the distributions of zooplankton and larval fish on the Bank. The acoustic data were acquired as the ship steamed a survey grid relative to the track of a surface drifter with a subsurface drogue. Although quite irregular in geographical coordinate space, the ship's track relative to the moving water closely matched the intended grid pattern once the drifter's movement in the tidal flow was taken into account. After changing coordinate systems to compensate for tidal advection, the acoustic data set was transformed from its curtain-like distribution in 3-dimensional space to a volumetric distribution. Two-dimensional point kriging was performed on the irregularly spaced data from each 2-m-thick depth stratum to produce a series of 2-dimensional, regularly spaced data grids. These data grids were then stacked to construct the 3-dimensional data grid required for volumetric visualization. A similar procedure was followed with the error variance values produced at each grid point through kriging to construct a 3-dimensional, volumetric distribution of the error variance. To examine zooplankton patchiness within the surveyed volume of water, isosurfaces corresponding to specific levels of acoustic backscatter were highlighted in the visualization. The 3-dimensional distribution of error variance was used to control the opacity of the isosurfaces to provide an objective, visual approach for displaying the statistical confidence one can have in the patches detected. In this survey, the ship steamed directly over a large, southwest- to northeast-oriented patch of zooplankton on at least three different passes. It also steamed over several smaller patches. The vertically compressed nature of the patches and their high degree of spatial heterogeneity in the horizontal plane are characteristic of the zooplankton distributions found in the deeper, seasonally stratified portions of Georges Bank.

  9. Zooplankton

    Jyothibabu, R; Madhu, N.V.

    .03) 0.9 (0.06) 0.1 (0.01) Invertebrate larvae 154.3 (9.81) 131.6 (8.93) 109.8 (12.83) Pteropoda 0.0 (0.0) 0.1 (0.0) 0.0 (0.0) Copelata 4.5 (0.29) 9.7 (0.65) 0.8 (0.09) Fish eggs 4.0 (0.25) 4.7 (0.32) 0.04 (0.0) Fish larvae 2.8 (0.19) 2.0 (0.13) 2.7 (0... Hydromedusa 2.5 (0.15) 1.2 (0.08) 2.3 (0.3) Siphonophora 0.01 (0.0) 0.5 (0.03) 0.0 (0.0) Ctenophora 0.1 (0.01) 1.4 (0.09) 0.1 (0.01) Chaetognatha 10.6 (0.67) 21.1 (1.43) 28.3 (3.31) Cladocera 4.1 (0.26) 10.4 (0.73) 0.3 (0.03) Ostracoda 0.0 (0.0) 0.2 (0.01) 0...

  10. Toxic effects of domestic sewage on zooplankton

    Gajbhiye, S.N.; Nair, V.R.; Desai, B.N.

    The toxic effects of raw domestic sewage on different groups of zooplank-ton, was tested in the laboratory for evaluating acute toxicity. 24 hr., LC-50 values for larvae of stomatopods, gastropods and chaetognaths (2-7% concentration) indicated...

  11. Cryptic zooplankton ``swimmers'' in upper ocean sediment traps

    Michaels, Anthony F.; Silver, Mary W.; Gowing, Marcia M.; Knauer, George A.

    1990-08-01

    Sediment traps are the major oceanographic tool for collecting passively sinking particulate material (the "particle flux") in the ocean. Sediment traps in the upper ocean also collect actively sinking zooplankton that are usually manually removed prior to analysis. Microscospic analysis of sediment trap samples collected over a 19-month period in the eastern North Pacific reveals that zooplankton "swimmers" are a larger problem than previously recognized. Zooplankton that are cryptic (i.e. difficult to see or distinguish from the detrital material) and difficult to remove (principally gelatinous zooplankton) may have contributed up to 20 mg C m -2 day -1 to the "particulate flux", with the highest values in the upper 150 m. This swimmer problem is in addition to the previously recognized presence of crustaceans and other large metazoans in traps. Additionally, the detritus-laden, mucous-feeding structures (houses)of larvaceans probably enter the traps with the larvaceans and would be impossible to remove. We estimate that the contribution of the cryptic swimmers and larvacean houses could be as much as 96% of the measured carbon flux. The contribution is greatest in the euphotic zone and drops sharply below 200 m. Subtracting out this potential artifact at the VERTEX station results in vertical profiles of organic carbon flux that differ dramatically from the standard flux profile for carbon in the upper ocean: specifically, the implied "regeneration" rate is greatly reduced. Screened traps (300 μm screens below the baffles) contained numerous metazoans smaller than the screen mesh size. These traps also contained lower levels of other types of sinking particles, and it is unclear to what extent the screens reduced the relative contribution of swimmers to the trap-collected carbon. Although the expanded swimmer problem presented here is now documented at just the VERTEX site, we expect it exists elsewhere. The extent of this swimmer problem requires resolution before sediment traps, especially those deployed in the upper few 100 m, can be used to measure the "flux of particulate material."

  12. Experiments on the influence of Chaoborus brasiliensis Theobald, 1901 (Diptera: Chaoboridae) on the diel vertical migration of microcrustaceans from Lake Monte Alegre, Brazil Experimentos sobre a influência de Chaoborus brasiliensis (Diptera: Chaoboridae) sobre a migração vertical de microcrustáceos do Lago Monte Alegre, Brasil

    WJ. Minto; MS. Arcifa; A. Perticarrari

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate whether diel vertical migration of microcrustaceans from Lake Monte Alegre is related to invertebrate predators, namely larvae of Chaoborus brasiliensis. The hypothesis tested in the experiments was that the migratory behaviour of prey would depend on physical contact with Chaoborus brasiliensis larvae or with kairomones released by them. Two experiments were undertaken in the laboratory, with two treatments and three replicates each. Experiments were carr...

  13. Zooplankton composition and diversity of Umdasagar, Hyderabad

    M. Karuthapandi

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available A total 38 species of different zooplankton groups were explored from the littoral regions of Umdasagar, Hyderabad. Among these various zooplankton communities, rotifers constitute high species richness with 32 species and 3 species each of cladocera and copepod. The high density (194.3 Units/L and diversity (H’=1.876 of zooplankton during winter season, whereas during monsoon less density (21No/L and diversity (H’= 0.67 of the zooplankton communities were observed, and in summer season moderate changes with increase in density and diversity were noticed. The physicochemical profile of the system shows the water body is alkaline in nature, hard water, and moderate nutrient enrichment during monsoon which may be due to outside runoff. The dissolved oxygen content is about 10.24±0.54mg/L, which shows the good sign of this aquatic system. The present preliminary seasonal study on zooplankton composition, diversity and physicochemical properties of the Umdasagar shows mesotrophic during winter and eutrophic during monsoon. However, further regular monthly based study and more quantitative analysis required for further confirmation of the exact trophic status of the system.

  14. Zooplankton variation in relation to hydrology in an enclosed hypoxic bay (Amvrakikos Gulf, Greece

    G. KEHAYIAS

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available This study investigated the temporal and spatial variation of the zooplankton community of a hypoxic coastal embayment (Amvrakikos Gulf, western Greece in relation to hydrological characteristics during an annual cycle. The main hydrological feature was the prolonged water stratification, which determined hypoxic conditions in the deeper layers that became anoxic close to the bottom in September, while vertical mixing occurred for a very short period (October-November. The total zooplankton abundance fluctuated between 44.6 and 159.7 ind l-1. Fourteen groups were recorded, among which copepods dominated accounting on average for 86.4 %. Most of the groups presented higher abundance values in winter and spring when increased chlorophyll-α concentrations were found. Oxygen depletion affects the vertical distribution of most zooplankton groups and the vertical habitat partitioning between copepod orders and their ontogenetic stages. Several taxa were recorded even in the deep, anoxic layers, but only the polychaete larvae increased in abundance with depth. Calanoids, appendicularians and bivalve larvae presented eastward decrease of abundance in the deepest layers following the same pattern of oxygen decrease. Notwithstanding hypoxic conditions in its deepest layers, Amvrakikos Gulf was accounted for a mesotrophic ecosystem, with the nutrient concentration being lower than in the past. Several biotic elements indicate that the gulf is in a transitional phase towards a better quality state and these results reinforce the need for consistent monitoring of this ecosystem.

  15. Zooplankton communities in the Krenceng Reservoair, Cilegon, Banten

    Mufti P. Patria

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available This research was carried out to know the structure of zooplankton communities and relations between the phytoplankton and zooplankton in the Krenceng Reservoair, Cilegon. The zooplankton abundance with used Sedwigck Rafter Counting Method, diversity and evenness were counted. Relations between zooplankton and the environmental factors as well as its relations to phytoplankton calculated with regression. The results showed that are 13 species of the zooplankton found which including in three classes with the highest abundance on Novembers 2002 and March 2003 of the Rotifera. The analysis of regression pointed out that the environmental factors such: pH, BOD5, nitrate, CO2 and abundance of phytoplankton influence the abundance zooplankton in November. While in March, the abundance of zooplankton is influenced by brigthtness, nitrate, orthophosphates and C organic. The abundance of phytoplankton influenced positively by the abundance of zooplankton.

  16. Zooplankton biomass, advection and production on the northern Gulf of Alaska shelf from simulations and field observations

    Coyle, K. O.; Gibson, G. A.; Hedstrom, K.; Hermann, A. J.; Hopcroft, R. R.

    2013-12-01

    Interpretation of zooplankton field observations on the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) shelf is complicated by the complex physical environment of currents, eddies and meanders which mix oceanic and coastal water masses to varying degrees. We therefore developed a lower trophic level model embedded in an ocean circulation model to examine the effects of wind, runoff and temperature on transport, biomass and production of microzooplankton and copepods on the northern GOA shelf and adjacent ocean. Mean microzooplankton biomass varied from 10-90 and 10-50 mg C m- 3 in the upper 50 m for field measurements and simulations respectively. Mean simulated and measured copepod biomass in the upper 100 m was about 1-40 g C m- 3. Field data indicated that Neocalanus biomass was negatively correlated with salinity in May. Simulations indicated that the negative correlation was due to elevated primary and secondary production on the shelf relative to the adjacent ocean. Floats programmed to simulate the ontogenetic vertical migrations of Neocalanus indicated that ~ 10 to 50% of Neocalanus originating near the shelf break spend at least some time on the shelf, depending on location. Residence time of floats on the shelf was affected primarily by wind, secondarily by runoff. Primary and secondary production in the simulations were highly correlated (r > 0.9). Simulated secondary production was 10-90 g C m- 2 y- 1, with highest values in Lower Cook Inlet, around Kodiak and west of Kodiak.

  17. Zooplankton community structure in the Yellow Sea and East China Sea in autumn

    Hongju Chen

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Study on zooplankton spatial distribution is essential for understanding food web dynamics in marine ecosystems and fishery management. Here we elucidated the composition and distribution of large mesozooplankton on the continental shelf of the Yellow Sea and East China Sea, and explored the zooplankton community structure in these water masses. Sixty vertical hauls (bottom or 200 m in deep water to surface using a ring net (diameter 0.8 m, 505-μm mesh were exploited in November 2007. The biogeographic patterns of zooplankton communities were investigated using multivariate analysis methods; copepod biodiversity was analyzed using univariate indices. Copepods and protozoans were dominate in the communities. Based on the species composition, we divided the study areas into six station groups. Significant differences in zooplankton assemblages were detected between the Yellow Sea and East China Sea. Species richness was higher in East China Sea groups than those in Yellow Sea, whereas taxonomic distinctness was higher in Yellow Sea than in East China Sea. There was a clear relationship between the species composition and water mass group.

  18. A Review: Potentiality of Zooplankton as Bioindicator

    Zannatul Ferdous

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: This review tended to summarize some recent research on zooplankton as bioindicator in India and some other countries of the world. Approach: These researches were mainly on fresh water bodies. Results: Qualitative as well as quantitative analysis were done by Shannon diversity index (H', Evenness index (J, Species Richness index (S and Saprobic index. In most of the cases zooplankton population size was correlated with biotic and abiotic parameters (pH, alkalinity, temperature, dissolve oxygen, transparency, phosphate, chlorine. Species of Rotifers, Cladocerans, Copepods and Ostracods were found in all cases. Species variation of these order deceased in polluted water. Some species were not found in some highly polluted area though these species have high tolerance level. Conclusion/Recommendations: All the results of the studies indicated that potentiality of zooplankton as bioindicator is very high. Other countries can develop these concepts to monitor water quality.

  19. Zooplankton characteristics of the coastal ecosystem off Bombay, India

    Nair, V.R.; Ramaiah, Neelam

    The nearshore waters of Bombay sustain a rich and diverse zooplankton fauna. Continuous observations for a period of 15 months indicated a variation from 0.4 to 19.9 mg C.m sup(3) (av. 4.3 mg C.m sup(-3)) in zooplankton biomass. The zooplankton...

  20. Collection and culture techniques for gelatinous zooplankton.

    Raskoff, Kevin A; Sommer, Freya A; Hamner, William M; Cross, Katrina M

    2003-02-01

    Gelatinous zooplankton are the least understood of all planktonic animal groups. This is partly due to their fragility, which typically precludes the capture of intact specimens with nets or trawls. Specialized tools and techniques have been developed that allow researchers and aquarists to collect intact gelatinous animals at sea and to maintain many of these alive in the laboratory. This paper summarizes the scientific literature on the capture, collection, and culture of gelatinous zooplankton and incorporates many unpublished methods developed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in the past 15 years. PMID:12588746

  1. Future marine zooplankton research - a perspective

    Bathmann, U.; Bundy, M.H.; Clarke, M.E.; Cowles, T.J.; Daly, K.; Dam, H.G.; Dekshenieks, M.M.; Donaghay, P.L.; Gibson, D.M.; Gifford, D.J.; Hansen, B.W.; Hartline, D.K.; Head, E.J.H; Hofmann, E.E.; Hopcroft, R.R.; Jahnke, R.A.; Jonasdottir, Sigrun; Kiørboe, Thomas; Kleppel, G.S.; Klinck, J.M.; Kremer, P.M.; Landry, M.R.; Lee, R.F.; Lenz, P.H.; Madin, L.P.; Manahan, D.T.; Mazzocchi, M.G.; McGillicuddy, D.J.; Miller, C.B.; Nelson, J.R.; Osborn, T.R.; Paffenhofer, G.A.; Pieper, R.E.; Prusova, I.; Roman, M.R.; Schiel, S.; Seim, H.E.; Smith, S.L.; Torres, J.J.; Verity, P.G.; Wakeham, S.G.; Wishner, K.F.

    2001-01-01

    .g., Oithona spp,, Calanus spp., Oikopleura spp., Euphausia superba) to determine what governs their abundance and its variability. Third, zooplankton clearly influence biogeochemical cycling in the ocean, but our knowledge of the underlying processes remains fragmentary. Therefore a thorough assessment of...... variables that still need to be quantified is required to obtain an understanding of zooplankton contributions to biogeochemical cycling. Combining studies on the 7 issues from MZC1 with the 3 from MZC2 should eventually lead to a comprehensive understanding of (1) the mechanisms governing the abundance and...

  2. Emergent and floating-leaved macrophytes as refuge for zooplankton in a eutrophic temperate lake without submerged vegetation

    Cazzanelli, Matteo; Perlt, Trine Warming; Christoffersen, Kirsten Seestern

    2008-01-01

    emergent and floating-leaved vegetation was monitored in a small, eutrophic lake (Frederiksborg Slotssø) in Denmark during July-October 2006. Emergent and floating-leaved macrophytes harboured significantly higher densities of pelagic as well as plant-associated zooplankton species, compared to the open...... vegetated areas (up to 4,400 ind l-1 among Phragmites australis and 11,000 ind l-1 between Polygonum amphibium stands), whereas the dominant species in the pelagic were Daphnia (up to 67 ind l-1) and Cyclops (41 ind l-1). The zooplankton density pattern observed was probably a consequence of concomitant...... modifications in the predation pressure, refuge availability and concentration of cyanobacteria in the lake. It is suggested that emergent and floating-leaved macrophytes may play an important role in enhancing water clarity due to increased grazing pressure by zooplankton migrating into the plant stands. As a...

  3. ZOOPLANKTON OCCURANCE DURING MONSOON SEASON FROM EKRUK TANK, SOLAPUR

    M. R. Gurav , K. R. Rao

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In the present study zooplankton occurrence and abundance were investigated from Ekruk tank, Solapur. Samples were collected bimonthly for a duration of four months in monsoon season (July to October 2012. The results showed that the occurrence of zooplanktons such as Rotifers, Copepods and Cladocerans during the investigation. Physico- chemical parameters of given water plays an important role in occurrence and abundance of zooplankton species. These environmental factors mainly affect the distribution of zooplankton species from Ekruk tank, Solapur. Our results are discussed in the light of the seasonal effect on the occurrence of zooplankton community.

  4. Zooplankton succession in fingerling production ponds

    Many pond cultured species require a range of zooplankton species for consumption before they can be weaned onto manufactured feed. The widest variety of plankton species develops when empty ponds are filled and fertilized. Use of organic and inorganic fertilizers facilitates the development of ba...

  5. Effect of Water Hyacinth (Eichornia crassippes Infestation on Zooplankton Populations in Awba Reservoir, Ibadan South-West Nigeria

    K.S. Chukwuka

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of water hyacinth infestation on the distribution, abundance and species composition of zooplankton in Awba reservoir were investigated. Samples were collected in each of the sampling areas (water hyacinth infested and open water by vertical zooplankton hauls using 64 um bolting silk net. The samples were immediately fixed in 4% formalin for preservation. The species composition of the zooplankton from the sampled areas consisted of 3 taxa, comprising of 6 species of Cladocera (Moina sp., Ceriodaphnia sp., Pleuroxus sp., Diaphanosoma sp., Chydorus sp. and Leydigia sp. 6 species of Rotifers (Asplanchna sp., Trichocerca, Filinia sp., Polyarthra sp., Brachionus sp. and Lecane sp. and 3 species of Copepoda (Cycloid copepods, Copepodite nauphii and Calanoid copepods. However, the study showed that the Rotifers had higher numerical abundance in the study areas. Water hyacinth infested area had a total density of 95 individuals/L while open water had 215 individuals/L. The study showed that the density of zooplanktons were significantly lower (p< 0.05 in the infested area. Biotic indices such as Margalef`s and Simpson`s indices were lower in the infested area while Shannon-wiener diversity index was significantly lower (p< 0.05 in the water hyacinth infested area. The result suggests that water hyacinth dense mats affected the numerical abundance of the zooplanktons.

  6. Microplastics Alter the Properties and Sinking Rates of Zooplankton Faecal Pellets.

    Cole, Matthew; Lindeque, Penelope K; Fileman, Elaine; Clark, James; Lewis, Ceri; Halsband, Claudia; Galloway, Tamara S

    2016-03-15

    Plastic debris is a widespread contaminant, prevalent in aquatic ecosystems across the globe. Zooplankton readily ingest microscopic plastic (microplastic, microplastics on faecal pellet properties are currently unknown. Here we test the hypotheses that (1) faecal pellets are a vector for transport of microplastics, (2) polystyrene microplastics can alter the properties and sinking rates of zooplankton egests and, (3) faecal pellets can facilitate the transfer of plastics to coprophagous biota. Following exposure to 20.6 μm polystyrene microplastics (1000 microplastics mL(-1)) and natural prey (∼1650 algae mL(-1)) the copepod Calanus helgolandicus egested faecal pellets with significantly (P microplastics, encapsulated within egests of the copepod Centropages typicus, could be transferred to C. helgolandicus via coprophagy. Our results support the proposal that sinking faecal matter represents a mechanism by which floating plastics can be vertically transported away from surface waters. PMID:26905979

  7. Survival probability of larval sprat in response to decadal changes in diel vertical migration behavior and prey abundance in the Baltic Sea

    Hinrichsen, Hans-Harald; Peck, Myron A.; Schmidt, Jörn; Huwer, Bastian; Voss, Rudi

    2010-01-01

    We employed a coupled three-dimensional biophysical model to explore long-term inter- and intra-annual variability in the survival of sprat larvae in the Bornholm Basin, a major sprat spawning area in the Baltic Sea. Model scenarios incorporated observed decadal changes in larval diel vertical di...

  8. Influence of various cultivation techniques in combination with fertilization on the vertical radionuclide redistribution in soil and the radionuclide migration into plants

    The plan of experiments has included 3 ranges of cultivation depths, i.e. 8 to 10 cm cultivation; 8 to 10 cm cultivation and 28 to 30 cm cultivation, in combination with using agrochemical ameliorants such as zeolites, Na humate, dung and mineral fertilizers. In 1990 average soil contamination with Cs-137 was 10-12 Ci/sq km. The results have demonstrated that radionuclide migration in cultivated soils differs substantially from that one of virgin lands. As far as soil amelioration methods are concerned, cultivation techniques are considered to be the major factors affecting the variations in radiation level. As the cultivation depth grows, surface gamma-radiation background and specific radionuclide content in soil are reducing. At the same time the thickness of the radiocontaminated layer and intensity of radionuclide migration grow. 1 refs.; 4 tabs

  9. Vertical migration of {sup 60}Co, {sup 137}Cs and {sup 226}Ra in agricultural soils as observed in lysimeters under crop rotation

    Shinonaga, T. [Division of Environmental and Life Science, ARC Seibersdorf Research, A-2444 Seibersdorf (Austria)]. E-mail: t.shinonaga@iaea.org; Schimmack, W. [Institute of Radiation Protection, GSF-National Research Center for Environment and Health, D-85764 Neuherberg (Germany); Gerzabek, M.H. [Division of Environmental and Life Science, ARC Seibersdorf Research, A-2444 Seibersdorf (Austria); Department for Forest and Soil Sciences, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Science, Gregor-Mendel-Strasse 33, A-1180 Vienna (Austria)

    2005-07-01

    In most studies quantifying the migration parameters - apparent migration velocity and apparent dispersion coefficient - of radionuclides in the soil by model calculations, these parameters are determined for undisturbed soils. For soils disturbed by ploughing, however, no such data are available in the literature. Therefore, in the present study, the migration parameters of {sup 137}Cs, {sup 60}Co and {sup 226}Ra were estimated for ploughed soils by means of a convection-dispersion model. The depth distributions of the radionuclides were determined in four lysimeters (area: 1 m{sup 2}, depth of soil monolith: 0.75 m) filled with artificially contaminated soils of different types in July 1990. The lysimeters were cropped with agricultural plants. The soil in each lysimeter was ploughed manually once a year until 1996 (plough depth 20 cm). In July 1999, soil samples were collected from three pits in each lysimeter. The depth distributions of all radionuclides proved to be very similar in each soil pit. The spatial variability of the depth distributions of a given radionuclide within the lysimeters was about the same as their variability between the four lysimeters. Evaluation of the migration parameters revealed that the convective transport of the radionuclides was always rather small or even zero, while the dispersive transport caused a 'melting' process of the initially sharp activity edge at the lower border of the Ap horizon. These results are explained by the high evapotranspiration (80-90% of the total precipitation plus irrigation) and the small amounts of seepage water during the observation period of 9 years.

  10. Experiments on the influence of Chaoborus brasiliensis Theobald, 1901 (Diptera: Chaoboridae on the diel vertical migration of microcrustaceans from Lake Monte Alegre, Brazil Experimentos sobre a influência de Chaoborus brasiliensis (Diptera: Chaoboridae sobre a migração vertical de microcrustáceos do Lago Monte Alegre, Brasil

    WJ. Minto

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to evaluate whether diel vertical migration of microcrustaceans from Lake Monte Alegre is related to invertebrate predators, namely larvae of Chaoborus brasiliensis. The hypothesis tested in the experiments was that the migratory behaviour of prey would depend on physical contact with Chaoborus brasiliensis larvae or with kairomones released by them. Two experiments were undertaken in the laboratory, with two treatments and three replicates each. Experiments were carried out in acrylic cylinders 1.5 m high and 0.20 m in diameter. Treatments in Experiment I were: A predator and kairomones present and B predator and kairomones present, but predator isolated in net tube inside the cylinder, having no physical contact with prey. Treatments in Experiment II were: A predator and kairomones absent and B the same as in experiment I. Physical and chemical factors (temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, electrical conductivity and food (algae did not influence vertical distribution of prey, as they were almost homogeneously distributed in the water column in both experiments; food concentrations were not limiting. Adult copepods (Tropocyclops prasinus meridionalis and Thermocyclops decipiens showed reverse migration in the treatment B of both experiments; the cladoceran Daphnia gessneri migrated nocturnally in the treatment A of the Experiment I; vertical migration was undetectable for copepodites, as well as for Chaoborus larvae. The experiments indicated that Daphnia responded to physical contact with Chaoborus larvae but not to kairomones alone. Adult copepods seemed to be more sensitive to kairomones.O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar se a migração vertical dos microcrustáceos do Lago Monte Alegre é relacionada aos predadores invertebrados, nomeadamente larvas de Chaoborus brasiliensis. A hipótese testada no experimento foi a de que o comportamento migratório da presa seria dependente do contato físico com as larvas de Chaoborus ou dos "kairomones" liberados por elas. Dois experimentos foram realizados no laboratório, com dois tratamentos e três réplicas cada. Os experimentos foram feitos dentro de cilindros de acrílico de 1,5 m de altura e 0,20 m de diâmetro. Os tratamentos do Experimento I foram: A predador e "kairomones" presentes e B predador e "kairomones" presentes, mas o predador isolado em tubos de rede dentro do cilindro, não tendo contato físico com a presa. Os tratamentos do Experimento II foram: A predador e "kairomones" ausentes e B igual ao Experimento I. Fatores físicos e químicos (temperatura, oxigênio dissolvido, pH, condutividade elétrica e alimento (algas não influenciaram a distribuição vertical das presas, pois eles estavam quase homogeneamente distribuídos na coluna d'água em ambos os experimentos; as concentrações de alimento não foram limitantes. Copépodos adultos (Tropocyclops prasinus meridionalis e Thermocyclops decipiens realizaram migração reversa no tratamento B dos dois experimentos; o cladócero Daphnia gessneri migrou de modo noturno no tratamento A do Experimento I; migração vertical não foi detectada para copepoditos, bem como para larvas de Chaoborus. Os experimentos indicaram que Daphnia respondeu ao contato físico com as larvas de Chaoborus e não aos "kairomones". Copépodos adultos foram aparentemente mais sensíveis aos "kairomones".

  11. The organization of zooplankton epibiont communities.

    Threlkeld, S T; Chiavelli, D A; Willey, R L

    1993-09-01

    Recent findings suggest that a diverse set of interactions exists between crustacean zooplankton and the algae, protozoans and metazoans that live attached to them. The frequent molting of the crustacean exoskeleton keeps these epibiont populations in a state of constant renewal and makes this epibiont community an ideal experimental system for examining the organization of communities whose populations are distributed among ephemeral habitat patches. PMID:21236181

  12. Some aspects of sound extinction by zooplankton.

    Gorska, N; Chu, D

    2001-11-01

    To address the importance of sound extinction (or the shadowing effect) in the presence of a densely aggregated zooplankton layer, acoustic scattering by weakly scattering fluid objects is studied theoretically. An analytical expression for the extinction cross section is obtained based on the forward scattering theorem and the analytical formula for the forward scattering amplitude is derived from the Modal Based-Deformed Cylinder Model (MB-DCM). The validity of the MB-DCM solution for the forward scattering amplitude and its sensitivity to geometrical and physical parameters is studied. Comparison with the PC-DWBA (Phase-Compensated-Distorted Wave Born Approximation) shows a reasonable agreement between the two models. The extinction cross section is shown to be proportional to (ka)2 and the induced attenuation is predicted for various species of zooplankton over a wide frequency range. It is shown that, under certain realistic conditions, such as the presence of a swarm of aggregated krill, sound extinction by zooplankton could influence the acoustic measurements significantly, as much as an 85% reduction in acoustic intensity for Euphausia superba with n = 5000 ind./m3 over a range of 50 m. PMID:11757922

  13. Zooplankton distribution and dynamics in a temperate shallow estuary

    Marques, Sónia; Pardal, M.; PEREIRA, M; Gonçalves, F.; Marques, J.; Azeiteiro, U.

    2007-01-01

    Abstract The spatial, temporal and tidal dynamics of the zooplanktonic community of the Mondego estuary was studied from January 2003 to 2004. The monthly sampling procedure included the measurement of hydrological parameters (salinity, temperature, Secchi transparency, chlorophyll a and nutrients) and the collection of zooplankton with a Bongo net of 335 µm mesh size. Zooplankton composition, distribution, density, biomass and diversity were determined. The principal component analysis (PCA...

  14. Variasi Geografik Kelimpahan Zooplankton di Perairan Terganggu, Kepulauan Seribu, Indonesia

    Elok Faiqoh; Inna Puspa Ayu; Beginer Subhan; Yuliana Fitri Syamsuni; Aji Wahyu Anggoro; Andrianus Sembiring

    2015-01-01

    Zooplankton play a significant role in ecosystem as secondary producer. Climate change will potentially affect the abundance and global composition of zooplankton. This research aimed to study the geographical variation of zooplankton abundance relative to anthropogenic pressure. The research was conducted in April 2014 in area with presumably distinct anthropogenic level by its relative distance to the mainland of Jakarta. Samples were collected at Pramuka Island, Karang Beras Island, Kotok ...

  15. Krill diel vertical migration fine dynamics, nocturnal overturns, and their roles for aggregation in stratified flows (vol 65, pg 574, 2008)

    Sourisseau, Marc; Simard, Y.; Saucier, F. J.

    2009-01-01

    Un ensemble d'observations à haute résolution de la dynamique à court terme des migrations verticales nycthémérales (MVN) du krill dans l'estuaire du Saint-Laurent est présenté. Il incorpore des mesures de transfert de masse sur la verticale à partir d'échosondages multifréquences couplés à l'échantillonnage des strates au filet à nappe et le suivi des mouvements verticaux individuels par des mesures de pigments stomacaux sur une période de 72 h. Des séries temporelles des patrons circadiens ...

  16. Abundance, Species Composition and Spatial Distribution of Zooplankton in Lake Hashengie of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia

    Tsegazeabe H. Haileselasie

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Zooplanktons are an important link between phytoplankton primary production and consumers at the higher levels of the trophic cascade (i.e., secondary consumers. Furthermore, they may impact the pathways of energy flow and matter circulation in freshwater ecosystems. To this end this research was conducted to investigate the abundance and spatial distribution, production of Zooplankton in Lake Hashegie. Species composition, abundance and spatial distribution of crustacean zooplankton were studied in Lake Hashengie from late September 2010 to early June 2011. A total of 15 species were recorded, with copepod specie being numerically dominant. Variation in abundance was extremely high, ranging from 8 individuals liter for cladoceran to more than 1000 individuals liter for copepods. There was no significant difference in the distribution of rotifer species between inshore and offshore regions (t-test, n = 12 p = 0.25. Crustacean species richness was low, with only five cladoceran and three copepod species occurring in the open water. Daphnia magna and Daphnia galeata dominated the cladoceran community, whereas thermocyclops was the dominant copepod. Variation in the spatial distribution of crustacean species was neither observed horizontally between inshore and offshore areas nor vertically in the highly turbid and wind exposed to deeper part of the lake. On the other hand crustacean varied significantly in size and number between inshore and offshore areas (Anova test, n = 231, p<0.002. Adult crustaceans dominated offshore, whereas juveniles were more abundant inshore, suggesting a predominantly littoral selective predation on large and adult crustaceans by fish.

  17. Long-term changes of the zooplankton variability in a turbid environment: The Gironde estuary (France)

    David, Valérie; Sautour, Benoît; Chardy, Pierre; Leconte, Michel

    2005-08-01

    Zooplanktonic variability at the maximum turbidity zone was investigated for the Gironde estuary for 18 years. This ecosystem is characterized by a high concentration of suspended matter and five dominant zooplankton species: the copepods Eurytemora affinis, Acartia bifilosa, A. tonsa and the mysids Neomysis integer and Mesopodopsis slabberi. Four major sources of variation in density were analyzed: (a) spatial variation (vertical and longitudinal variability) and (b) temporal variation (seasonal and annual variability) in the oligo-mesohaline area of the estuary. Temporal variability was related to environmental parameters: temperature, salinity, suspended matter concentration and active chlorophyll in the water column. Seasonal and annual variability were identified as significant sources of variation which explains the fluctuations of all zooplankton densities. No long-term trend was observed for zooplankton densities except for A. tonsa, a species recently introduced into the oligo-mesohaline area of the estuary. Temperature and salinity were important factors explaining the interannual variability of E. affinis as well as of both mysids. Suspended matter concentration controlled the long-term trends of E. affinis and A. tonsa. Annual variability of A. bifilosa and both mysid species was also explained by the proportion of active chlorophyll. Seasonal variability, calculated as the between-month variation, represented the dominant type of variability for all species. Seasonal variations of copepods were essentially explained by salinity. N. integer was significantly correlated with temperature and copepod densities, whereas M. slabberi was correlated with temperature and salinity. Zooplankton also showed significant spatial variation. Mysids demonstrated significant differences between surface and bottom densities whereas vertical variability of copepod densities did not represent a significant source of variation. In terms of longitudinal variability, density of E. affinis was similar along the salinity gradient, whereas Acartia spp. and mysids occurred at significantly greater densities at the downstream station. The high turbidity, which characterizes the Gironde estuary, seems to be a determining factor that acts directly on copepod temporal variability and indirectly on mysid long-term fluctuations by limiting the nutritional quality of the environment.

  18. Seasonal and interannual changes in zooplankton community in the coastal zone of the North-Eastern Black Sea.

    Nikishina, A. B.; Arashkevich, E. G.; Louppova, N. E.; Soloviev, K. A.

    2009-04-01

    The phenological response of zooplankton community is a result of simultaneous effect of several factors: feeding conditions, predation abundance, periods of reproduction of common species and hydrodynamic regime. The Black sea ecosystem is one of the best studied in the world, otherwise there is still some illegibility about ecosystem functioning and especially about environmental factors influence on zooplankton dynamics. For the last twenty years pelagic system of the Black Sea has changed dramatically. The invasion of ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi in the middle of eighties caused significant decrease in zooplankton biomass. It also altered plankton structure and shifted periods of mass reproduction of the abundant species and biomass maximums. For instance, before the invasion of Mnemiopsis the maximum of zooplankton biomass was observed in autumn (data by A. Pasternak, 1983), and after that the maximum moved to the spring (data by V.S. Khoroshilov, 1999). The incursion of ctenophore Beroe ovata feeding on Mnemiopsis in the nineties has led to the enhancement of zooplankton community. Although the detailed analysis of seasonal zooplankton dynamics wasn't performed in the recent years. The object of our research was to study seasonal and interannual changes in zooplankton community in the coastal area of the North-Eastern Black Sea. Analysis of interannual, seasonal and spatial changes in zooplankton distribution, abundance and species composition along with age structure of dominant populations were performed based on investigations during 2005-2008 years in the North-Eastern Black Sea. Plankton samples were obtained monthly since June 2005 till December 2008. Plankton was collected at three stations at depths 25m, 50m and 500-1000m along the transect from the Blue Bay to the open sea. Sampling of gelatinous animals was conducted in parallel to the zooplankton sampling. Simultaneously with plankton sampling CTD data were obtained. The feeding conditions were obtained using SSC satellite data. For studying vertical distribution of zooplankton depth stratified samples were collected in different seasons. To evaluate seasonal variations in reproduction and offspring development of dominant mesozooplankton populations, we analyzed age structure of five species: four herbivorous copepods - Acartia clausi, Pseudocalanus elongatus, Paracalanus parvus and Calanus euxinus, and carnivorous chaethognaths Parasagitta setosa. Periods of mass reproduction varied in different years. The possible reason for this variation is the effect of climate change and top-predators on seasonal shift in zooplankton dynamics. Whereas timing of reproduction is related to life strategy of species, an intensity of reproduction and success of new generations depend on food supply. The impact of food conditions on abundance and age structure of herbivores was studied in the different seasons. Vertical distribution of different species also altered from year to year. Thus, in "warm" July 2007 (sea surface temperature 27°C) most of the Calanus euxinus population concentrated in the deeper layers than in "cold" July 2005 (sea surface temperature 22°C).

  19. Experiments with vertically and laterally migrating subsurface explosions with applications to the geology of phreatomagmatic and hydrothermal explosion craters and diatremes

    Valentine, Greg A.; Graettinger, Alison H.; Macorps, lodie; Ross, Pierre-Simon; White, James D. L.; Dhring, Erika; Sonder, Ingo

    2015-03-01

    We present results of experiments that use small chemical explosive charges buried in layered aggregates to simulate the effects of subsurface hydrothermal and phreatomagmatic explosions at varying depths and lateral locations, extending earlier experimental results that changed explosion locations only along a vertical axis. The focus is on the resulting crater size and shape and subcrater structures. Final crater shapes tend to be roughly circular if subsurface explosion epicenters occur within each other's footprints (defined as the plan view area of reference crater produced by a single explosion of a given energy, as predicted by an empirical relationship). Craters are elongate if an epicenter lies somewhat beyond the footprint of the previous explosion, such that their footprints overlap, but if epicenters are too far apart, the footprints do not overlap and separate craters result. Explosions beneath crater walls formed by previous blasts tend to produce inclined (laterally directed) ejecta jets, while those beneath crater centers are vertically focused. Lateral shifting of explosion sites results in mixing of subcrater materials by development of multiple subvertical domains of otherwise pure materials, which progressively break down with repeated blasts, and by ejection and fallback of deeper-seated material that had experienced net upward displacement to very shallow levels by previous explosions. A variably developed collar of material that experienced net downward displacement surrounds the subvertical domains. The results demonstrate key processes related to mixing and ejection of materials from different depths during an eruptive episode at a maar-diatreme volcano as well as at other phreatomagmatic and hydrothermal explosion sites.

  20. Microdistribution of zooplankton in the neustonic realm of the eastern Arabian Sea during southwest monsoon

    Achuthankutty, C.T.; Nair, S.R.S.; Nair, V.R.; Padmavati, G.; Madhupratap, M.

    vertical migration, but the increase was relatively more in the upper layer than the layer below. Ostracods, amphipods, pteropods, mysids and megalopa larvae were significantly more abundant in the upper layer during night-time. Northern areas of West Coast...

  1. Limnetic crustacean zooplankton of Lake Oahe, May-October 1969

    Selgeby, James H.

    1974-01-01

    The limnetic crustacean zooplankton of Lake Oahe was dominated by copepods. Cyclops bicuspidatus thomasi was the dominant crustacean throughout the lake. Mesocyclops edax, Diaptomus ashlandi and Daphnia pulex were major components of the zooplankton in the deep, downstream portion of the lake while Bosmina longirostris and Daphnia retrocurva were important constituents in the river-like, upstream section of the lake.

  2. Laws of the transformation of the photon angle and energy spectra at the soil surface during vertical migration 137Cs and 134Cs

    Dose burdens due to external photon bombardment are estimated with the aid of databases characterizing the local conditions, i.e., the time during which inhabitants were in the open, the composition and distribution of nuclides in the soil layer, the gamma screening factor, etc. Since these parameters usually differ substantially, conservative estimates are taken in order to obtain representative values whereby underestimation of the dose is avoided. The behavior of the radionuclides in the environment must be simulated to obtain a more precise prediction of dose burdens. The models used in this case should be somewhat conservative. In this paper, the authors propose the following treatment, simulating photon migration and transport in a soil layer. In the first stage the evolution of the radionuclide distribution function in the soil layer is studied and the distribution of radioactive substances is calculated analytically and numerically calculate as a function of the depth in the soil. In the second stage the γ-ray propagation in the soil and in the atmosphere is estimated from the known distribution of radionuclides at the given chemical composition of the soil and numerical Monte Carlo calculations are carried out to determine the screening factor and the γ-ray spectrum

  3. The use of a Cs-137 vertical migration model to study the temporal evolution of heavy metals in coastal sediments of the Bay of Cadiz (Spain)

    The evolution of heavy metals (Zn, Cd, Pb, Hg) in sea bed sediments of the Bay of Cadiz (Spain) has been studied. Four sediment cores were collected from the Inner Bay zone where sediment textural composition is mainly formed by silt and clay with high organic content, showing a very high absorption capacity for the substances solved in the aquatic medium. The dating of the sediments has been performed using the fallout radionuclide 137Cs as a tracer. Due to the high vertical mobility of this radionuclide in the sediment column, as a consequence of its molecular diffusion and the bioturbation existing in the area, the observed profiles are continuous and the 1963 maximum in fallout activity could not be assigned. The one dimensional diffusion-advection equation has been applied, considering the residence time of the radionuclide in the marshes zone, to develop a model that permits to interpret the profiles and to estimate the sedimentation rate, in order to infer the recent chronology of the sediment layers. By using the 210Pb dating method with the CRS model in one station, it can be showed that the sedimentation rate could be assumed to be constant during a longer period of time. In consequence, the sediment dating has been extended up to 100 years backwards, allowing the study of the evolution of heavy metals during the last century. The sediment dating shows that the heavy metal pollution of the Inner Bay has been produced simultaneously in the whole zone, during the industrial development of the environment. The increase of heavy metals Zn and Cd started in the second half of the XX century, while the enhancement of Pb and Hg concentration started at the beginning of the XX century. Heavy metal concentrations reached maximum levels during the eighties decade, afterward a remarkable decrease in surface sediments has been observed, which could be attributed to the restrictive environmental measurements undertaken at the zone, in particular the control of industrial effluents and the decreasing use of leaded fuels

  4. Inter-annual fluctuations of zooplankton communities in the Bay of Villefranche-sur-mer from 1995 to 2005 (Northern Ligurian Sea, France

    P. Vandromme

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available An integrated analysis of the pelagic ecosystems of the Ligurian Sea is performed combining time series (1995–2005 of several zooplankton groups (one group for copepods smaller than 0.724 mm3 and nine groups for individuals larger than 0.724 mm3, i.e. large copepods, decapod larvæ, other crustaceans, chaetognaths, appendicularians, pteropods, thaliaceans, gelatinous predators and other zooplankton, chlorophyll-a, nutrients, salinity, temperature, density, and local weather at Point B coastal station (Northern Ligurian Sea. From 1995 to 2000 winters were wet and mild resulting in lower winter sea surface density. These years showed lower than average nutrients and zooplankton concentrations while chlorophyll-a biomass was high. After 2000, winters were colder and dryer resulting in higher sea surface density. Nutrients and zooplankton showed higher concentrations while chlorophyll-a was lower than average. The ca. 2000 change was observed for most zooplankton groups with a one-year delay for some groups. Inter-annual variability within each period was also observed. The observed patterns suggest that the pelagic ecosystem trophic state at the studied point is mostly set by the winter forcing on the vertical mixing that upwells nutrients to the surface sustaining primary production. Surprisingly, low chlorophyll-a biomass in high nitrate and zooplankton conditions during the well mixed years suggest that phytoplankton biomass is controlled by grazers. The proposed mechanisms of stronger winter vertical mixing hold for most of the time series, but specific years with contradicting patterns suggest also the possible influence of the summer climate. A review of recent literature suggests that changes in the pelagic ecosystem are not limited to the studied site but concern also the central Ligurian Sea.

  5. Inter-annual fluctuations of zooplankton communities in the Bay of Villefranche-sur-mer from 1995 to 2005 (Northern Ligurian Sea, France)

    Vandromme, P.; Stemmann, L.; Berline, L.; Gasparini, S.; Mousseau, L.; Prejger, F.; Passafiume, O.; Guarini, J.-M.; Gorsky, G.

    2011-11-01

    An integrated analysis of the pelagic ecosystems of the Ligurian Sea is performed combining time series (1995-2005) of several zooplankton groups (one group for copepods smaller than 0.724 mm3 and nine groups for individuals larger than 0.724 mm3, i.e. large copepods, decapod larvæ, other crustaceans, chaetognaths, appendicularians, pteropods, thaliaceans, gelatinous predators and other zooplankton), chlorophyll-a, nutrients, salinity, temperature, density, and local weather at Point B coastal station (Northern Ligurian Sea). From 1995 to 2000 winters were wet and mild resulting in lower winter sea surface density. These years showed lower than average nutrients and zooplankton concentrations while chlorophyll-a biomass was high. After 2000, winters were colder and dryer resulting in higher sea surface density. Nutrients and zooplankton showed higher concentrations while chlorophyll-a was lower than average. The ca. 2000 change was observed for most zooplankton groups with a one-year delay for some groups. Inter-annual variability within each period was also observed. The observed patterns suggest that the pelagic ecosystem trophic state at the studied point is mostly set by the winter forcing on the vertical mixing that upwells nutrients to the surface sustaining primary production. Surprisingly, low chlorophyll-a biomass in high nitrate and zooplankton conditions during the well mixed years suggest that phytoplankton biomass is controlled by grazers. The proposed mechanisms of stronger winter vertical mixing hold for most of the time series, but specific years with contradicting patterns suggest also the possible influence of the summer climate. A review of recent literature suggests that changes in the pelagic ecosystem are not limited to the studied site but concern also the central Ligurian Sea.

  6. Short term changes in zooplankton community during the summer-autumn transition in the open NW Mediterranean Sea: species composition, abundance and diversity

    V. Raybaud

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Short term changes in zooplankton community were investigated at a fixed station in offshore waters of the Ligurian Sea (Dynaproc 2 cruise, SeptemberOctober 2004. Mesozooplankton was sampled with vertical WP2 hauls (200 m mesh-size and large mesozooplankton, macrozooplankton and micronekton with a BIONESS multinet sampler (500 m mesh-size. Temporal variations of total biomass, species composition and abundance of major taxa were studied. Intrusions of low salinity water masses were observed two times during the cruise. The first one, which was the most important, was associated with changes in zooplankton community composition. Among copepods, the abundance of Calocalanus, Euchaeta, Heterorhabdus, Mesocalanus, Nannocalanus, Neocalanus, Pleuromamma and also calanoid copepodites increased markedly. Among non-copepod taxa, only small ostracods abundance increased. After this low salinity event, abundance of all taxa nearly returned to their initial values. The influence of salinity on each zooplankton taxon was confirmed by a statistical analysis (Perry's method. Shannon diversity index, Pielou evenness and species richness were used to describe temporal variations of large copepod (>500 m diversity. Shannon index and Pielou evenness decreased at the beginning of the low salinity water intrusions, but not species richness. We suggest that low salinity water masses contained its own zooplankton community and passed through the sampling area, thus causing the replacement of zooplankton population.

  7. Mesoscale distribution and community composition of zooplankton in the Mozambique Channel

    Huggett, Jenny A.

    2014-02-01

    Recent studies have shown the Mozambique Channel to exhibit high mesoscale variability, but how mesoscale features influence the zooplankton community in this region is not known. The biovolume, biomass, vertical distribution and community composition of mesozooplankton (>200 m) associated with mesoscale eddies in the Mozambique Channel was investigated during four cruises in September 2007, December 2008, November 2009 and April/May 2010. Stations were categorized according to their location in cyclonic (cold-core) or anticyclonic (warm-core) eddies, frontal, divergence or shelf regions. Mean mesozooplankton biovolume in the upper 200 m was 0.33 ml m-3, with zooplankton largely concentrated in the upper 100 m during all four cruises (weighted mean depth=66.6 m). Sampling depth was the most important predictor of biovolume, which was greatest for net samples with a mid-depth of 0-40 m, but declined deeper in the water column. Biovolume at the shelf (0.37 ml m-3), divergence and cyclonic eddy stations (0.31 ml m-3) was significantly greater than at frontal and anticyclonic eddy stations (0.20 ml m-3). Mean biovolume was significantly higher during 2008 and 2010 compared to 2007 and 2009, and was also significantly higher for samples collected at night (and twilight) than during the day. The mesozooplankton community in 2007 was strongly dominated by small copepods (~70-80% abundance) followed by appendicularians (10%), ostracods (8%) and chaetognaths (7%). The most abundant copepods were the Paracalanids, Oncaea spp., Oithona spp. and Corycaeus spp. Multivariate analysis showed that the communities in 2007 and 2008 were most strongly structured by depth, but classification (cyclonic/anticyclonic) was also important in 2007 when mesoscale features were more strongly developed. Zooplankton assemblages showed a high degree of homogeneity, with differences between mesoscale features largely due to differing abundances of similar taxa. These observations suggest that mesoscale eddy and shelf interactions play a fundamental role in shaping the Mozambique Channel pelagic ecosystem through the concentration, enhanced growth and redistribution of zooplankton communities. Although frontal areas between eddies were poor in zooplankton biomass, the extensive inter-eddy divergence areas were as rich in biomass as the small cyclonic eddy core regions. These patterns are important for understanding the favorability of observed foraging areas for higher trophic levels.

  8. Effect of hydrodynamic cavitation on zooplankton: A tool for disinfection

    Sawant, S.S.; Anil, A.C.; Venkat, K.; Gaonkar, C.; Kolwalkar, J.; Khandeparker, L.; Desai, D.V.; Mahulkar, A.V.; Ranade, V.V.; Pandit, A.B.

    earlier the stress required to kill a zooplankton can also be generated in a pump or a valve. But it is seen in the present study that the required turbulent shear stress can be generated in a very energy efficient manner by volumetric oscillations... occurring in the pipe fittings like valves was also quan- tified in terms of zooplankton mortality. Energy efficiency of zooplankton mortality using orifice plate was seen to be much higher than that in partially closed valve or in pump. 4. Theoretical model...

  9. Bacterial diversity associated with freshwater zooplankton

    Grossart, Hans-Peter; Dziallas, Claudia; Tang, Kam W.

    Bacterial community compositions (BCC) associated with the cladoceran Bosmina coregoni and the cyclopoid copepod Thermocyclops oithonoides in oligotrophic Lake Stechlin versus eutrophic Lake Dagow (northeastern Germany) were compared using molecular techniques. We also transplanted the zooplankton...... from their native lake to the other lake, and studied changes in their associated BCC as a result of the modified ambient environment. Bacterial community composition associated with B. coregoni was quite conservative between the oligotrophic and eutrophic lakes, and most of the bacteria belonged to...... bacteria after being transplanted to the eutrophic lake than vice versa. This suggests that bacteria in oligotrophic water were more firmly attached to the copepod and better in resisting environmental fluctuations than those in eutrophic water....

  10. Zooplankton data collected from THOMAS G. THOMPSON in TOGA Area of Pacific Ocean from zooplankton net casts; 30 January 1992 to 21 October 1992 (NODC Accession 9700054)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Zooplankton data were collected using zooplankton net casts in the TOGA Area of Pacific Ocean from THOMAS G. THOMPSON. Data were collected from 30 January 1992 to...

  11. Zooplankton data collected by ELTANIN in Southern Oceans from zooplankton net casts; 13 October 1963 to 06 June 1968 (NODC Accession 9500111)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Zooplankton data were collected using zooplankton net casts from ELTANIN in the Southern Oceans. Data were collected from 13 October 1963 to 06 June 1968 by...

  12. Zooplankton data collected from zooplankton net by PERVENETS in the Bering Sea from 13 July 1959 to 12 August 1959 (NODC Accession 9500034)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Zooplankton data were collected by PERVENETS using zooplankton net casts in the Bering Sea. Data were collected from 13 July 1959 to 12 August 1959 by Pacific...

  13. Zooplankton ecology of the mangrove habitats of Goa

    Goswami, S.C.

    and fish larvae constituted bulk of zooplankton. Majority of these organisms were stragglers. The zooplankters showing better eco-physiological adaptations colonized in pools surroundEd. by thick mangroves vegetation...

  14. BENEFICIAL USE IMPAIRMENT #13: DEGRADATION OF PHYTOPLANKTON AND ZOOPLANKTON POPULATIONS

    Pursuant to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and Annex 2, the Detroit River possesses several impaired beneficial uses. Beneficial Use #13 addresses phyto- and zooplankton populatioins and whether or not they are degraded or impaired.

  15. Flow disturbances generated by feeding and swimming zooplankton

    Kiørboe, Thomas; Jiang, Haisong; Goncalves, R. J.; Nielsen, L. T.; Wadhwa, Navish

    2014-01-01

    Interactions between planktonic organisms, such as detection of prey, predators, and mates, are often mediated by fluid signals. Consequently, many plankton predators perceive their prey from the fluid disturbances that it generates when it feeds and swims. Zooplankton should therefore seek to...... minimize the fluid disturbance that they produce. By means of particle image velocimetry, we describe the fluid disturbances produced by feeding and swimming in zooplankton with diverse propulsion mechanisms and ranging from 10-µm flagellates to greater than millimeter-sized copepods. We show that...... zooplankton, in which feeding and swimming are separate processes, produce flow disturbances during swimming with a much faster spatial attenuation (velocity u varies with distance r as u ∝ r−3 to r−4) than that produced by zooplankton for which feeding and propulsion are the same process (u ∝ r−1 to r−2). As...

  16. Zooplankton distribution in the polluted environment around Bombay

    Gajbhiye, S.N.; Abidi, S.A.H.

    Zooplankton distribution, abundance and composition with reference to polluted environments off Bombay was estimated. This study was taken up along three transects viz. Versova, Mahim and Thana covering eleven stations around Bombay during 1980...

  17. Improved Method for Determining Bacterial Filtration Rates in Zooplankton

    Marvalin, Olivier; Lazarek, Stanislaw

    1988-01-01

    Filtration rates were determined for a natural population of zooplankton grazers (Bosmina longirostris [Müll.], Cyclops vicinus vicinus [Ulianine], Acanthodiaptomus denticornis [Wierz.], and Daphnia longispina [Müll.]) by using 3H-labeled bacteria as food for these organisms. There was a relationship between filtration rates of the major zooplankton grazers and the prevailing algal and bacterial composition in the lake water. Low filtration rates were obtained in the presence of colonial and ...

  18. VERMICOMPOST: QUALITY ORGANIC MANURE FOR ZOOPLANKTON PRODUCTION IN AQUACULTURE

    Dinesh Kumar,; Verma, V. K.; B. J. Saud; Kumar, D.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effect of vermicompost on water quality parameters of fish pond and zooplankton production. No significant effect on the physico-chemical properties of pond water were observed though the zooplankton population was better with significant difference in rotifers population (68.38%) comparing with cow dung treated pond. Application of vermicompost as an organic manure in fish pond is not only better but also safe than the raw cow dung. This is ex...

  19. Questioning the Rise of Gelatinous Zooplankton in the World's Oceans

    Condon, Robert H; DUARTE, CARLOS M.

    2012-01-01

    During the past several decades, high numbers of gelatinous zooplankton species have been reported in many estuarine and coastal ecosystems. Coupled with media-driven public perception, a paradigm has evolved in which the global ocean ecoszstems are thought to be heading toward being dominated by ĆnuisanceĆ jellzfish. We question this current paradigm bz presenting a broad overview of gelatinous zooplankton in a historical context to develop the hzpothesis that population changes reflect the ...

  20. Promotion of harmful algal blooms by zooplankton predatory activity

    Mitra, Aditee; Flynn, Kevin J.

    2006-01-01

    The relationship between algae and their zooplanktonic predators typically involves consumption of nutrients by algae, grazing of the algae by zooplankton which in turn enhances predator biomass, controls algal growth and regenerates nutrients. Eutrophication raises nutrient levels, but does not simply increase normal predatorprey activity; rather, harmful algal bloom (HAB) events develop often with serious ecological and aesthetic implications. Generally, HAB species are outwardly poor comp...

  1. On autumn zooplankton of Semipalatinsk test site water-bodies

    The autumn zooplankton in six water-bodies with mineralization diapason from 0.27 to 343.0 g/l was investigated. The species composition and number of structural characteristics were determined. The state of the zooplankton community by biodiversity and development indices is determined as normal. The observed increase of body dimensions in some species of Rotatoria and Microcrustacea requires the additional research. (author)

  2. Ecological niches of Arctic deep-sea copepods: Vertical partitioning, dietary preferences and different trophic levels minimize inter-specific competition

    Laakmann, Silke; Kochzius, Marc; Auel, Holger

    2009-05-01

    The biodiversity of pelagic deep-sea ecosystems has received growing scientific interest in the last decade, especially in the framework of international marine biodiversity initiatives, such as Census of Marine Life (CoML). While a growing number of deep-sea zooplankton species has been identified and genetically characterized, little information is available on the mechanisms minimizing inter-specific competition and thus allowing closely related species to co-occur in the deep-sea pelagic realm. Focussing on the two dominant calanoid copepod families Euchaetidae and Aetideidae in Fram Strait, Arctic Ocean, the present study strives to characterize ecological niches of co-occurring species, with regard to vertical distribution, dietary composition as derived from lipid biomarkers, and trophic level on the basis of stable isotope signatures. Closely related species were usually restricted to different depth layers, resulting in a multi-layered vertical distribution pattern. Thus, vertical partitioning was an important mechanism to avoid inter-specific competition. Species occurring in the same depth strata usually belonged to different genera. They differed in fatty acid composition and trophic level, indicating different food preferences. Herbivorous Calanus represent major prey items for many omnivorous and carnivorous species throughout the water column. The seasonal and ontogenetic vertical migration of Calanus acts as a short-cut in food supply for pelagic deep-sea ecosystems in the Arctic.

  3. Variasi Geografik Kelimpahan Zooplankton di Perairan Terganggu, Kepulauan Seribu, Indonesia

    Elok Faiqoh

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Zooplankton play a significant role in ecosystem as secondary producer. Climate change will potentially affect the abundance and global composition of zooplankton. This research aimed to study the geographical variation of zooplankton abundance relative to anthropogenic pressure. The research was conducted in April 2014 in area with presumably distinct anthropogenic level by its relative distance to the mainland of Jakarta. Samples were collected at Pramuka Island, Karang Beras Island, Kotok Island, and Sepa Island where subsequently lying to the nearest until furthest distance from mainland. Zooplankton samples were collected by towing the plankton net for 10 minutes for each site for three replicates. Abundance was obtained from Pramuka Island was 266698,214 ind/L, Karang Beras Island was 597363,1 ind/L, Kotok Island was 526447,8 ind/L and Sepa Island was 438225,3 ind/L. Overall, the closer to mainland, the richer nutrient and the more abundant zooplankton was conceived in the waters. Surprisingly, in Pramuka Island, the nearest island to mainland among other sites, had the lowest abundance of zooplankton although nutrient level was the richest among others.

  4. Environment, but not migration rate, influences extinction risk in experimental metapopulations

    Griffen, Blaine D.; Drake, John M

    2009-01-01

    Ecological theory suggests that several demographic factors influence metapopulation extinction risk, including synchrony in population size between subpopulations, metapopulation size and the magnitude of fluctuations in population size. Theoretically, each of these is influenced by the rate of migration between subpopulations. Here we report on an experiment where we manipulated migration rate within metapopulations of the freshwater zooplankton Daphnia magna to examine how migration influe...

  5. Effect of advection on variations in zooplankton at a single location near Cabo Nazca, Peru

    Smith, S L; Brink, K H; Santander, H; Cowles, T J; Huyer, A

    1980-04-01

    Temporal variations in the biomass and species composition of zooplankton at a single midshelf station in an upwelling area off Peru can be explained to a large extent by onshore-offshore advection in the upper 20 m of the water column. During periods of strong or sustained near-surface onshore flow, peaks in biomass of zooplankton were observed at midshelf and typically oceanic species of copepod were collected. In periods of offshore flow at the surface, a copepod capable of migrating into oxygen-depleted layers deeper than 30 m was collected. A simple translocation model of advection applied to the cross-shelf distribution of Paracalanus parvus suggests that the fluctuations in P. pavus observed in the midshelf time-series were closely related to onshore-offshore flow in the upper 20 m. Fluctuations in abundance of the numerically dominant copepod, Acartia tonsa, were apparently affected by near surface flow also. The population age-structure suggests that A. tonsa was growing at maximal rates, due in part to its positive feeding response to the dinoflagellate/diatom assemblage of phytoplankton.

  6. Hydrostatic pressure and temperature effects on the membranes of a seasonally migrating marine copepod.

    Pond, David W; Tarling, Geraint A; Mayor, Daniel J

    2014-01-01

    Marine planktonic copepods of the order Calanoida are central to the ecology and productivity of high latitude ecosystems, representing the interface between primary producers and fish. These animals typically undertake a seasonal vertical migration into the deep sea, where they remain dormant for periods of between three and nine months. Descending copepods are subject to low temperatures and increased hydrostatic pressures. Nothing is known about how these organisms adapt their membranes to these environmental stressors. We collected copepods (Calanoides acutus) from the Southern Ocean at depth horizons ranging from surface waters down to 1000 m. Temperature and/or pressure both had significant, additive effects on the overall composition of the membrane phospholipid fatty acids (PLFAs) in C. acutus. The most prominent constituent of the PLFAs, the polyunsaturated fatty acid docosahexanoic acid [DHA - 22:6(n-3)], was affected by a significant interaction between temperature and pressure. This moiety increased with pressure, with the rate of increase being greater at colder temperatures. We suggest that DHA is key to the physiological adaptations of vertically migrating zooplankton, most likely because the biophysical properties of this compound are suited to maintaining membrane order in the cold, high pressure conditions that persist in the deep sea. As copepods cannot synthesise DHA and do not feed during dormancy, sufficient DHA must be accumulated through ingestion before migration is initiated. Climate-driven changes in the timing and abundance of the flagellated microplankton that supply DHA to copepods have major implications for the capacity of these animals to undertake their seasonal life cycle successfully. PMID:25338196

  7. Predation by estuarine zooplankton on tintinnid ciliates

    Robertson, J. Roy

    1983-01-01

    Laboratory experiments were conducted to determine the feeding performances of Uca zoeae and the estuarine copepods Acartia tonsa and Tortanus setacaudatus when these zooplankton preyed upon the co-occurring tintinnids Favella panamensis (length 265 μm) and Tintinnopsis tubulosa (length 148 μm). Predation by Favella on Tintinnopsis was also studied. Over the range of experimental prey densities used, Acartia ingested Tintinopsis at rates linearly related to prey density. Favella was ingested by Aractia at higher rates than was Tintinnopsis. Tortamus ingested Favella more readily than did Acartia, but Tortanus did not ingest Tintinnopsis. Uca ingested both Tintinnopsis and Favella while Tintinnopsis was also ingested by the larger tintinnid Favella. Comparisons of Acartia predation on tintinnids with published data on ingestion of nauplii and phytoplankton showed that when the phytoplankton are dominated by small (diameters Acartia. At lower tintinnid concentrations or when algal species with diameters > 10 μm are present in significant concentrations, tintinnids merely supplement algae in the diet of Acartia. Generally, tintinnids are more important food items for Acartia than are comparably sized nauplii. Only at concentrations exceeding 10 4 cop. m -3 can Acartia depress tintinid population growth.

  8. Assessment of Zooplankton Community Composition along a Depth Profile in the Central Red Sea

    Pearman, John K.

    2015-07-17

    The composition of zooplankton in the water column has received limited attention in the main body of the Red Sea and this study investigates the change in the community both spatially and temporally across 11 stations in the central Red Sea. Using molecular methods to target the v9 region of the 18S rRNA gene a total of approximately 11.5 million reads were sequenced resulting in 2528 operational taxonomic units (OTUs) at 97% similarity. The phylum Arthropoda dominated in terms of reads accounting for on average 86.2% and 65.3% for neuston nets and vertical multinets respectively. A reduction in the number of OTUs was noticed with depth for both total metazoa and Maxillopoda whilst there was also a significant change in the composition of the Maxillopoda community. The genus Corycaeus had a higher proportion of reads in the epipelagic zone with Pleuromamma becoming increasingly dominant with depth. No significant difference was observed in the community between night and day sampling however there was a significant difference in the zooplankton community between two sampling periods separated by 10 days.

  9. Fluxes of biogenic carbon in the Southern Ocean: roles of large microphagous zooplankton1

    Le Fèvre, Jacques; Legendre, Louis; Rivkin, Richard B.

    1998-11-01

    The Southern Ocean is an extreme environment, where waters are permanently cold, a seasonal ice cover extends over large areas, and the solar energy available for photosynthesis is severely restricted, either by vertical mixing to considerable depths or, especially south of the Antarctic Circle, by prolonged seasonal periods of low or no irradiance. Such conditions would normally lead to low productivity and a water column dominated by recycling processes involving microbial components of pelagic communities but this does not seem to be the case in the Southern Ocean, where there is efficient export to large apex predators and deep waters. This paper investigates the role of large microphagous zooplankton (salps, krill, and some large copepods) in the partitioning of biogenic carbon among the pools of short- and long-lived organic carbon and sequestered biogenic carbon. Large microphagous zooplankton are able to ingest microbial-sized particles and thus repackage small, non-sinking particles into both metazoan biomass and large, rapidly sinking faeces. Given the wide spatio-temporal extent of microbial trophic pathways in the Southern Ocean, large zooplankton that are omnivorous or able to ingest small food particles have a competitive advantage over herbivorous zooplankton. Krill efficiently transfer carbon to a wide array of apex predators and their faecal pellets are exported to depth during occasional brief sedimentation episodes in spring time. Salps may be a significant link towards some fish (directly) and other apex predators (indirectly) and, at some locations (especially in offshore waters) and time, they may account for most of the downward flux of biogenic carbon. Large copepods are a trophic link towards fish and at least one whale species, and their grazing activity generally impedes the export of organic particles to depth. As a result, biogenic carbon is channelled mainly towards apex predators and episodically into the deep ocean. Without these original interactions, Antarctic waters might well be dominated by microbial components and recycling processes instead of active export from the generally small primary producers towards large apex predators.

  10. Planet Migration

    Thommes, Edward W.; Lissauer, Jack J.

    2010-01-01

    Planet migration is the process by which a planet's orbital radius changes in time. The main agent for causing gas giant planet migration is the gravitational interaction of the young planet with the gaseous disk from which it forms. We describe the migration rates resulting from these interactions based on a simple model for disk properties. These migration rates are higher than is reasonable for planet survival. We discuss some proposed models for which the migration rates are lower. There ...

  11. Zooplanktonic community of six reservoirs in northeast Brazil.

    Almeida, V L S; Dantas, E W; Melo-Júnior, M; Bittencourt-Oliveira, M C; Moura, A N

    2009-02-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the zooplankton community at six reservoirs in the state of Pernambuco (Brazil). Zooplankton assemblages were identified using current literature and quantitatively analysed under a microscope and stereomicroscope. Concurrently to the sampling of zooplanktonic and phytoplanktonic communities, in situ measurements of abiotic variables, such as water temperature, dissolved oxygen and pH, were determined using field probes and transparency was determined with a Secchi disk. Total phosphorus concentrations were used for the determination of the Trophic State Index. The reservoirs were classified between eutrophic and hypertrophic, oxygenated, with pH varying from slightly acid to alkaline, high temperatures and low water transparency. A total of 27 zooplankton taxa were identified. Phytoplankton was represented by Cyanophyta, Chlorophyta, Baccilariophyta and phytoflagellates. The highest richness of species was observed for Rotifera (17), followed by Crustacea (8), Protozoa (1) and Insecta (1). Rotifers shared quantitative importance with Crustacea, which were mainly represented by juvenile forms. Jazigo Reservoir presented the highest diversity and equitability. Lowest diversity and equitability were recorded at the Poço da Cruz and Mundaú reservoirs, respectively. Dissimilarity was detected between the environments studied regarding zooplankton composition and structure. PMID:19347146

  12. Diurnal variation in zooplankton in the Zuari Estuary, west coast of India

    Padmavati, G.; Goswami, S.C.; Vidya, P.S.

    Variations in zooplankton biomass and population density in relation to the prevailing hydrographical conditions were studied in Zuari Estuary, Goa. The physico-chemical parameters showed limited variations. Zooplankton biomass was relatively more...

  13. Zooplankton of the southwest coast of India: abundance, composition, temporal and spatial variability in 1987

    Madhupratap, M.; Haridas, P.; Ramaiah, Neelam; Achuthankutty, C.T.

    During early southwest and northeast monsoon periods of 1967, zooplankton standing stocks and abundances were high all along the west coast of India. Swarms of zooplankton were common in the shelf areas resulting in a low diversity-high biomass...

  14. NODC Standard Format Marine Zooplankton (F124) Data (1965-1983) (NODC Accession 0014196)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce This data type contains data from sampling and analysis of marine zooplankton. Information on zooplankton abundance, distribution and productivity derived from...

  15. Locomotor adaptations of some gelatinous zooplankton.

    Bone, Q

    1985-01-01

    Swimming behaviour and locomotor adaptations are described in chaetognaths, larvacean tunicates, some cnidaria, and thaliacean tunicates. The first two groups swim by oscillating a flattened tail, the others by jet propulsion. In chaetognaths, the locomotor muscle fibres are extensively coupled and relatively sparsely innervated, they exhibit compound spike-like potentials. The motoneurons controlling the rhythmic activity of the locomotor muscle lie in a ventral ganglion whose organization is briefly described. Rhythmic swimming bursts in larvaceans are similarly driven by a caudal ganglion near the base of the tail, but each caudal muscle cell is separately innervated by two sets of motor nerves, as well as being coupled to its neighbours. The external epithelium is excitable, and linked to the caudal ganglion by the axons of central cells. Mechanical stimulation of the epithelium evokes receptor potentials followed by action potentials and by bursts of rapid swimming. The trachyline medusa Aglantha and the small siphonophore Chelophyes also show rapid escape responses; in Aglantha these are driven by a specialized giant axon system lacking in other hydromedusae, and in Chelophyes. Slow swimming in Aglantha apparently involves a second nerve supply to the same muscle sheets used in rapid swimming, whereas in Chelophyes slow swimming results from the activity of the smaller posterior nectophore. Slow swimming in siphonophores is more economical than the rapid responses. In the hydrozoan medusa Polyorchis (as in Chelophyes) action potentials in the locomotor muscle sheet change in shape during swimming bursts, and their duration is related to the size of the medusa; they are not simply triggers of muscular contraction. The two groups of thaliacean tunicates are specialized differently. Doliolum is adapted for single rapid jet pulses (during which it achieves instantaneous velocities of 50 body lengths s-l), whilst salps are adapted for slow continuous swimming. The cost of locomotion is greater in Doliolum. Few gelatinous zooplankton show special adaptations both for rapid escape movements, and for slow sustained swimming, those that do deserve further study. PMID:2871635

  16. Global change effects on zooplankton body size : a range of experimental approaches

    Garzke, Jessica

    2014-01-01

    It is a major challenge to understand the impacts of recent climate change on zooplankton communities. The impacts of global warming are manifold and multiple factors, which drive ecological changes in zooplankton communities have to be understood. Increasing sea surface temperature is likely to alter zooplankton phenology and community structure. Recent studies on the global scale showed a decline in size and productivity of zooplankton, which was related to climate change. Reorganization of...

  17. Body size and food size in freshwater zooplankton.

    Bogdan, K G; Gilbert, J J

    1984-10-01

    We used double-label liquid scintillation techniques to measure the efficiencies with which eight different-sized zooplankton species ingested four cell types relative to a standard cell type (Chlamydomonas). Efficiency ratios (ERs: clearance rate on cell type X / clearance rate on Chlamydomonas) on the three ultraplankton (ultraphytoplankton (ER generally < 0.4), and ERs on Cryptomonas proportional to their body lengths (Bosmina, Diaptomus copepodites and adults); (iii) species having extremely low ERs on all ultraplankton (mean ER < 0.05) and ERs on Cryptomonas much higher than expected given their body lengths (Keratella crassa, Polyarthra, and Diaptomus nauplii). These functional groups follow neither taxonomic nor body-length groupings. We conclude that zooplankton body length may influence the maximal particle size a species can ingest but has little influence on the ingestion of smaller particles. Two frequently used models relating zooplankton body size and food size are unrealistic. PMID:16593521

  18. Zooplankton abundance and diversity in Lake Bracciano, Latium, Italy

    Fiorenza G. MARGARITORA

    2002-08-01

    Full Text Available The zooplankton community structure in Lake Bracciano (Latium, Central Italy was studied in monthly surveys throughout an annual cycle (November 1998 – October 1999. The seasonal cycles and population dynamics of the dominant species are described and discussed. Copepods numerically dominated the community throughout the study period with calanoid Eudiaptomus padanus etruscosexsetosus making up the largest share of zooplankton density; moreover it accounted for the largest portion of total biovolume. Cladocerans represented a significant component of the zooplankton in the summer and autumn months. No substantial differences in regard to results of previous investigations (1971, 1972, 1984 were observed. The only differences for which there is evidence consist of the appearance of Filinia terminalis, never previously found in the lake, and the replacement of Keratella cochlearis instead of Kellicottia longispina as dominant species. However, the results of the comparison of the different investigations confirm that the trophic state of the pelagial region may be classified as oligo-mesotrophic.

  19. High mortality of Red Sea zooplankton under ambient solar radiation.

    Al-Aidaroos, Ali M; El-Sherbiny, Mohsen M O; Satheesh, Sathianeson; Mantha, Gopikrishna; Agust?, Susana; Carreja, Beatriz; Duarte, Carlos M

    2014-01-01

    High solar radiation along with extreme transparency leads to high penetration of solar radiation in the Red Sea, potentially harmful to biota inhabiting the upper water column, including zooplankton. Here we show, based on experimental assessments of solar radiation dose-mortality curves on eight common taxa, the mortality of zooplankton in the oligotrophic waters of the Red Sea to increase steeply with ambient levels of solar radiation in the Red Sea. Responses curves linking solar radiation doses with zooplankton mortality were evaluated by exposing organisms, enclosed in quartz bottles, allowing all the wavelengths of solar radiation to penetrate, to five different levels of ambient solar radiation (100%, 21.6%, 7.2%, 3.2% and 0% of solar radiation). The maximum mortality rates under ambient solar radiation levels averaged (standard error of the mean, SEM) 18.45.8% h(-1), five-fold greater than the average mortality in the dark for the eight taxa tested. The UV-B radiation required for mortality rates to reach of maximum values averaged (SEM) 125.6 h(-1)% of incident UVB radiation, equivalent to the UV-B dose at 19.22.7 m depth in open coastal Red Sea waters. These results confirm that Red Sea zooplankton are highly vulnerable to ambient solar radiation, as a consequence of the combination of high incident radiation and high water transparency allowing deep penetration of damaging UV-B radiation. These results provide evidence of the significance of ambient solar radiation levels as a stressor of marine zooplankton communities in tropical, oligotrophic waters. Because the oligotrophic ocean extends across 70% of the ocean surface, solar radiation can be a globally-significant stressor for the ocean ecosystem, by constraining zooplankton use of the upper levels of the water column and, therefore, the efficiency of food transfer up the food web in the oligotrophic ocean. PMID:25309996

  20. VERMICOMPOST: QUALITY ORGANIC MANURE FOR ZOOPLANKTON PRODUCTION IN AQUACULTURE

    Dinesh Kumar

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effect of vermicompost on water quality parameters of fish pond and zooplankton production. No significant effect on the physico-chemical properties of pond water were observed though the zooplankton population was better with significant difference in rotifers population (68.38% comparing with cow dung treated pond. Application of vermicompost as an organic manure in fish pond is not only better but also safe than the raw cow dung. This is excellent manure for nursery and rearing pond as it has a potential to produce good rotifers population.

  1. Reaction of fresh water zooplankton community to chronic radiation exposure

    The characteristic features of ecological community as a whole and cenosis of zooplankton organisms as part of it determine the intensity of the processes of self-purification of water and the formation of a particular body of water. Identifying features of the structure and composition of the zooplankton community of aquatic ecosystems exposed to different levels of radiation exposure, it is necessary to identify patterns of changes in zooplankton and hydro-biocenosis as a whole. Industrial reservoirs, the storage of liquid low-level radioactive waste 'Mayak' for decades, have high radiation load. A large range of levels of radioactive contamination (total volume beta-activity in water varies from 2.2x103 to 2.3x107 Bq/l, total volume alpha-activity - from 2.6x10-1 to 3.1x103 Bq/l) provides a unique opportunity to study ecosystems in a number of reservoirs with increasing impact of radiation factor. We studied five reservoirs that were used as the storage of low-and intermediate-level liquid radioactive waste pond and one comparison water body. In parallel with zooplankton sampling water samples were collected for hydro-chemical analysis. 41 indicators were analysed in order to assess the water chemistry. To determine the content of radionuclides in the various components of the ecosystem samples were collected from water, bottom sediments and plankton. Sampling of zooplankton for the quantitative analysis was performed using the method of weighted average auto bathometer. Apshteyn's plankton net of the surface horizon was used for qualitative analysis of the species composition of zooplankton. Software package ERICA Assessment Tool 2012 was used for the calculation of the absorbed dose rate. Species diversity and biomass of zooplankton, the share of rotifers in the number of species, abundance and biomass decrease with the increase of the absorbed dose rate and salinity. The number of species in a sample decreases with the increase of the absorbed dose according to the S-shaped function. 5 % reduction in species diversity corresponds to 1.1x102 mcGy/hr, 50 % reduction - 1.1x103 mcGy/hr. Margalef's index and Shannon's index were 5% lower at 9.1x102 mcGy/hr and 50% lower at 1.7x103 mcGy/hr, that points to simplified communication in the plankton community. Quantitative indicators of zooplankton are less sensitive to changes in the aquatic environment under study than indicators of species richness and the complexity of relationships in the community. Document available in abstract form only. (authors)

  2. An Updated Zooplankton Biodiversity of Turkish Inland Waters

    USTAOĞLU, M. Ruşen

    2015-01-01

    In this study, zooplankton biodiversity in Turkish inland waters is updated by literature review. In 2004, a total of 427 taxa belong to 229 rotifers, 92 cladocerans and 106 copepods have determined in a zooplankton checklist (Ustaoğlu 2004). Between 2004 and 2011, rotifer biodiversity raised from 229 to 341 taxa in the checklist (Ustaoğlu et al. 2012). By the increasing studies on the subject in recent years and as a consequence of reviewing 263 literature from the studies; 5 new genera (Cer...

  3. DAMPAK KONSENTRASI FE DAN PB TERHADAP MORFOLOGI ZOOPLANKTON DI TAMBAK SOCAH BANGKALAN

    Apri Arisandi

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Zooplankton dalam mata rantai antara produsen primer dengan karnivora besar dan kecil dapat mempengaruhi kompleksitas rantai makanan dalam ekosistem perairan. Penelitian ini dilakukan untuk mengetahui dampak konsentrasi Fe dan Pb terhadap morfologi zooplankton  di Tambak Socah. Morfologi zooplankton diamati menggunakan mikroskop dengan metode sensus melalui 3 kali ulangan. Konsentrasi Fe dan Pb di ukur menggunakan spektrofotometer. Zooplankton yang terdapat di tambak socah adalah jenis Copepoda, Nitzchia dan Nauplius. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa konsentrasi Fe dan Pb berada pada kisaran yang normal sehingga tidak mempengaruhi morfologi plankton. Kata kunci: Fe, Pb, zooplankton

  4. Detecting response patterns of zooplankton to environmental parameters in shallow freshwater wetlands: discovery of the role of macrophytes as microhabitat for epiphytic zooplankton

    Jong-Yun Choi

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Freshwater macrophytes improve the structural heterogeneity of microhabitats in water, often providing an important habitat for zooplankton. Some studies have focused on the overall influence of macrophytes on zooplankton, but the effects of macrophyte in relation to different habitat characteristics of zooplankton (e.g., epiphytic and pelagic have not been intensively studied. We hypothesized that different habitat structures (i.e., macrophyte habitat would strongly affect zooplankton distribution. We investigated zooplankton density and diversity, macrophyte characteristics (dry weight and species number, and environmental parameters in 40 shallow wetlands in South Korea. Patterns in the data were analyzed using a self-organizing map (SOM, which extracts information through competitive and adaptive properties. A total of 20 variables (11 environmental parameters and 9 zooplankton groups were patterned onto the SOM. Based on a U-matrix, 3 clusters were identified from the model. Zooplankton assemblages were positively related to macrophyte characteristics (i.e., dry weight and species number. In particular, epiphytic species (i.e., epiphytic rotifers and cladocerans exhibited a clear relationship with macrophyte characteristics, while large biomass and greater numbers of macrophyte species supported high zooplankton assemblages. Consequently, habitat heterogeneity in the macrophyte bed was recognized as an important factor to determine zooplankton distribution, particularly in epiphytic species. The results indicate that macrophytes are critical for heterogeneity in lentic freshwater ecosystems, and the inclusion of diverse plant species in wetland construction or restoration schemes is expected to generate ecologically healthy food webs.

  5. Zooplankton and Karenia brevis in the Gulf of Mexico

    Lester, Kristen M.; Heil, Cynthia A.; Neely, Merry B.; Spence, Danylle N.; Murasko, Susan; Hopkins, Thomas L.; Sutton, Tracey T.; Burghart, Scott E.; Bohrer, Richard N.; Remsen, Andrew W.; Vargo, Gabriel A.; Walsh, John J.

    2008-01-01

    Blooms of the toxic dinoflagellate Karenia brevis are common in the Gulf of Mexico, yet no in situ studies of zooplankton and K. brevis have been conducted there. Zooplankton abundance and taxonomic composition at non-bloom and K. brevis bloom stations within the Ecology of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) study area were compared. At non-bloom stations, the most abundant species of zooplankton were Parvocalanus crassirostris, Oithona colcarva, and Paracalanus quasimodo at the 5-m isobath and P. quasimodo, O. colcarva, and Oikopleura dioica at the 25-m isobath. There was considerable overlap in dominance of zooplankton species between the 5 and 25-m isobaths, with nine species contributing to 90% of abundance at both isobaths. At stations within K. brevis blooms however, Acartia tonsa, Centropages velificatus, Temora turbinata, Evadne tergestina, O. colcarva, O. dioica, and P. crassirostris were dominant. Variations in abundance between non-bloom and bloom assemblages were evident, including the reduction in abundance of three key species within K. brevis blooms.

  6. Zooplankton composition in Dharamtar creek adjoining Bombay harbour

    Tiwari, L.R; Nair, V.R

    turnover of 29 ton C.km/2. A major share of the zooplankton community was contributEd. by copepods (71.9%), decapods (11.4%) and chaetognaths (8.3%). Copepod diversity was maximum in October. Three species of chaetognaths were found in the area and Sagitta...

  7. Phyto- and zooplankton dynamics in the river Meuse during 1992

    Bijkerk R; van Dijk GM; Zanten B van

    1996-01-01

    Betreft een monitoringsprogramma uitgevoerd in 1992 in de Maas bij Eijsden en Keizersveer. Soorten samenstelling en dichtheden zijn gepresenteerd. Deze resultaten uit 1992 zijn vergeleken met oudere data voorzover beschikbaar. Daarbij is een poging gewaagd eventuele veranderingen in fyto en zooplankton populaties in de loop van deze eeuw te evalueren en te relateren aan eventuele sturende factoren zoals eutrofiegraad en verontreinigingen.

  8. Zooplankton Diversity Of Dnyanganga Reservoir Near Khamgaon, Maharashtra

    G. B. Kale

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available :Study on zooplankton diversity of Dnyanganga Reservoir in Botha forest of Buldana district was carried out during 2008-09. The zooplankton study reveals that the Copepods are major in occurrence, 3079 in number (32.28%; Cladocera are 2323(24.36%; Rotifers in 2976(31.20%; and Ostracods are 1158 in number (12.14%. The lake exhibited high magnitude in winter season and the low during summer. The less number of genera might be attributed to low nutrients in the reservoir which consequently resulted in less productivity or might be due to depletion of important factors such as dissolved oxygen and PH. The reduction in the number of species may also due to predation and variation in the pH of water which is always associated with the species composition of zooplankton inhibiting among them .In winter, it is biotic interaction operating through feeding pressure rather than water quality seems to affect the zooplankton diversity and density particularly the stocked fish species play an important role in harvesting species of copepoda and Cladocera, thereby reducing their predatory pressure on other groups. The Rotifera and particle feeder Cladocera were higher in winter and can be linked to favorable temperature and availability of abundant food in the form of bacteria, nanoplankton and suspended detritus matter .Total 26 types of genera were recorded which indicates variable nature of productivity the Dnyanganga Reservoir .

  9. Oxygenation of anoxic sediments triggers hatching of zooplankton eggs.

    Broman, Elias; Brüsin, Martin; Dopson, Mark; Hylander, Samuel

    2015-10-22

    Many coastal marine systems have extensive areas with anoxic sediments and it is not well known how these conditions affect the benthic-pelagic coupling. Zooplankton lay their eggs in the pelagic zone, and some sink and lie dormant in the sediment, before hatched zooplankton return to the water column. In this study, we investigated how oxygenation of long-term anoxic sediments affects the hatching frequency of dormant zooplankton eggs. Anoxic sediments from the brackish Baltic Sea were sampled and incubated for 26 days with constant aeration whereby, the sediment surface and the overlying water were turned oxic. Newly hatched rotifers and copepod nauplii (juveniles) were observed after 5 and 8 days, respectively. Approximately 1.5 × 10(5) nauplii m(-2) emerged from sediment turned oxic compared with 0.02 × 10(5) m(-2) from controls maintained anoxic. This study demonstrated that re-oxygenation of anoxic sediments activated a large pool of buried zooplankton eggs, strengthening the benthic-pelagic coupling of the system. Modelling of the studied anoxic zone suggested that a substantial part of the pelagic copepod population can derive from hatching of dormant eggs. We suggest that this process should be included in future studies to understand population dynamics and carbon flows in marine pelagic systems. PMID:26468249

  10. An Updated Zooplankton Biodiversity of Turkish Inland Waters

    M. Ruşen USTAOĞLU

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, zooplankton biodiversity in Turkish inland waters is updated by literature review. In 2004, a total of 427 taxa belong to 229 rotifers, 92 cladocerans and 106 copepods have determined in a zooplankton checklist (Ustaoğlu 2004. Between 2004 and 2011, rotifer biodiversity raised from 229 to 341 taxa in the checklist (Ustaoğlu et al. 2012. By the increasing studies on the subject in recent years and as a consequence of reviewing 263 literature from the studies; 5 new genera (Ceratotrocha, Donneria, Octotrocha, Otostephanos, Stephanoceros and 76 taxa from rotifer fauna; 1 new genus (Kurzia and 11 taxa from cladoceran fauna; 13 new genera (Calacalanus, Mecynocera, Paracalanus, Lernaea, Oithona, Echinocamptus, Maraenobiotus, Leptocaris, Harpacticus, Heterolaophonte, Metis, Phyllognathopu, Kinnecaris and 35 taxa from copepod fauna have been added to the zooplankton fauna. As a result, the recent checklist of inland waters zooplankton of Turkey has 661 taxa which include 417 rotifers, 103 cladocerans and 141 copepods namely.

  11. The ICES Working Group on Zooplankton Ecology: Accomplishments of the first 25 years

    Wiebe, Peter H.; Harris, Roger; Gislason, Astthor; Margonski, Piotr; Skjoldal, Hein Rune; Benfield, Mark; Hay, Steve; O'Brien, Todd; Valdés, Luis

    2016-02-01

    The ICES Study Group on Zooplankton Ecology was created in 1991 to address issues of current and future concern within the field of zooplankton ecology. Within three years it became the ICES Working Group on Zooplankton Ecology (ICES WGZE) and this unique group in the world's oceanographic community has now been active for 25 years. This article reviews and synthesizes the products, and major accomplishments of the group. Achievements of the group, including the Zooplankton Methodology Manual, the Zooplankton Status Reports, and the International Zooplankton Symposia, have had an important impact on the wider field. Among the future issues that remain to be addressed by the group are the assessment of exploratory fisheries on zooplankton and micronekton species; further development of the zooplankton time-series; compilation and integration of allometric relationships for zooplankton species, and evaluation of new methodologies for the study of zooplankton distribution, abundance, physiology, and genetics. Marine science is an increasingly global undertaking and groups such as the ICES WGZE will continue to be essential to the advancement of understanding of zooplankton community structure and population dynamics in the world's oceans.

  12. Material properties of zooplankton and nekton from the California current

    Becker, Kaylyn

    This study measured the material properties of zooplankton, Pacific hake (Merluccius productus), Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas), and two species of myctophids (Symbolophorus californiensis and Diaphus theta) collected from the California Current ecosystem. The density contrast (g) was measured for euphausiids, decapods (Sergestes similis), amphipods (Primno macropa, Phronima sp., and Hyperiid spp.), siphonophore bracts, chaetognaths, larval fish, crab megalopae, larval squid, and medusae. Morphometric data (length, width, and height) were collected for these taxa. Density contrasts varied within and between zooplankton taxa. The mean and standard deviation for euphausiid density contrast were 1.059 +/- 0.009. Relationships between zooplankton density contrast and morphometric measurements, geographic location, and environmental conditions were investigated. Site had a significant effect on euphausiid density contrast. Density contrasts of euphausiids collected in the same geographic area approximately 4-10 days apart were significantly higher (p animal body shape, and that biomass (or biovolume) could be accurately calculated from digital photographs of animals. Density contrast (g) was measured for zooplankton, pieces of hake flesh, myctophid flesh, and of the following Humboldt squid body parts: mantle, arms, tentacle, braincase, eyes, pen, and beak. The density contrasts varied within and between fish taxa, as well as among squid body parts. Effects of animal length and environmental conditions on nekton density contrast were investigated. The sound speed contrast (h) was measured for Pacific hake flesh, myctophid flesh, Humboldt squid mantle, and Humboldt squid braincase. Sound speed varied within and between nekton taxa. The material properties reported in this study can be used to improve target strength estimates from acoustic scattering models which would increase the accuracy of biomass estimates from acoustic surveys for these zooplankton and nekton.

  13. Changes in fecal pellet characteristics with depth as indicators of zooplankton repackaging of particles in the mesopelagic zone of the subtropical and subarctic North Pacific Ocean

    Wilson, Stephanie E.; Steinberg, Deborah K.; Buesseler, Ken O.

    2008-07-01

    We investigated how fecal pellet characteristics change with depth in order to quantify the extent of particle repackaging by mesopelagic zooplankton in two contrasting open-ocean systems. Material from neutrally buoyant sediment traps deployed in the summer of 2004 and 2005 at 150, 300, and 500 m was analyzed from both a mesotrophic (Japanese time-series station K2) and an oligotrophic (Hawaii Ocean Time seriesHOT station ALOHA) environment in the Pacific Ocean as part of the VERtical Transport In the Global Ocean (VERTIGO) project. We quantified changes in the flux, size, shape, and color of particles recognizable as zooplankton fecal pellets to determine how these parameters varied with depth and location. Flux of K2 fecal pellet particulate organic carbon (POC) at 150 and 300 m was four to five times higher than at ALOHA, and at all depths, fecal pellets were two to five times larger at K2, reflective of the disparate zooplankton community structure at the two sites. At K2, the proportion of POC flux that consisted of fecal pellets generally decreased with depth from 20% at 150 m to 5% at 500 m, whereas at ALOHA this proportion increased with depth (and was more variable) from 14% to 35%. This difference in the fecal fraction of POC with increasing depth is hypothesized to be due to differences in the extent of zooplankton-mediated fragmentation (coprohexy) and in zooplankton community structure between the two locations. Both regions provided indications of sinking particle repackaging and zooplankton carnivory in the mesopelagic. At ALOHA, this was reflected in a significant increase in the mean flux of larvacean fecal pellets from 150 to 500 m of 3-46 ?g C m -2 d -1, respectively, and at K2 a large peak in larvacean mean pellet flux at 300 m of 3.1 mg C m -2 d -1. Peaks in red pellets produced by carnivores occurred at 300 m at K2, and a variety of other fecal pellet classes showed significant changes in their distribution with depth. There was also evidence of substantially higher pellet fragmentation at K2 with nearly double the ratio of broken:intact pellets at 150 and 300 m (mean of 67% and 64%, respectively) than at ALOHA where the proportion of broken pellets remained constant with depth (mean 35%). Variations in zooplankton size and community structure within the mesopelagic zone can thus differentially alter the transfer efficiency of sinking POC.

  14. Covariability of zooplankton gradients with glider-detected density fronts in the Southern California Current System

    Powell, Jesse R.; Ohman, Mark D.

    2015-02-01

    Fronts represent sharp boundaries between water masses, but seasonal and interannual variation in their occurrence and effects on the distributions of pelagic organisms are poorly understood. This study reports results from six years of ocean front observations (2006-2011) along two transect lines across the Southern California Current System (SCCS) using autonomous Spray ocean gliders. During this time, 154 positive near-surface density fronts were identified within 124 completed transects consisting of nearly 23,000 vertical profiles. The incidence of surface density fronts showed distinct seasonality along line 80 off Pt. Conception, with fewer fronts occurring during winter months and more numerous fronts in the nearshore and during spring, summer and fall. On line 90, fronts were the least common nearshore and most frequent in a transitional region offshore. Horizontal density gradients in the surface layer (0-50 m) were significantly correlated with horizontal gradients in surface layer Chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) fluorescence, as well as with mean volume backscatter (MVBS) recorded by a 750 kHz acoustic Doppler profiler. Density fronts were not only zones of rapidly changing phytoplankton and zooplankton biomass concentrations, but also more likely to be zones of enhanced acoustic backscatter and Chl-a fluorescence than regions flanking the fronts. MVBS and Chl-a gradients were significantly correlated with gradients in other hydrographic variables such as temperature, salinity, and spiciness, and weakly with cross-track current velocity, though density gradients remained the single best predictor of strong MVBS and fluorescence gradients. Large mobile predators foraging in the vicinity of such features could locate habitat with higher zooplankton biomass concentrations up to 85% of the time by traveling up local density gradients (i.e., toward rather than away from denser surface waters). We discuss implications of these results in the context of long-term trends in ocean fronts in the SCCS.

  15. Fine-scale vertical distribution of coastal and offshore copepods in the Golfo de Arauco, central Chile, during the upwelling season

    Castro, Leonardo R.; Troncoso, Victor A.; Figueroa, Dante R.

    2007-11-01

    In order to understand the mechanism by which zooplankters from different origins co-occur during the upwelling season within Golfo de Arauco, one of the most productive areas in central Chile, we assessed short term variations in the vertical distribution of the most abundant copepod species. Fine-scale, day and night vertical zooplankton sampling was done with a pump over 12 days in summer. The water column in the gulf consisted of three layers: Equatorial Subsurface Water of low dissolved oxygen content in the deeper part of the water column, strong temperature and oxygen gradients at mid-depth (15-25 m), and a layer of warmer, more oxygenated, less saline water at the surface. Copepods within the gulf originated from offshore, from the continental shelf, and from the coastal area. Most taxa showed distinctive vertical distributions. Three copepod groups were identified by their mean weighted depths of residence. One group included shallow residents found above the thermocline/oxycline ( Acartia tonsa, Centropages brachiatus, Corycaeus sp., Paracalanus parvus, Oncaea sp.). A second group was comprised by species distributed at or below the thermocline/oxycline ( Oithona sp., Oncaea conifera, Lucicutia sp., Metridia sp., Heterorhabdus papilliger). The third group was composed of vertical migrators that crossed the thermocline/oxycline ( Calanus chilensis, Calanoides patagoniensis, Aetideus armatus, Pleuromamma piseki). In spite of their different vertical distribution ranges, the most abundant and frequent copepod species ( P. parvus, C. chilensis, C. patagoniensis, C. brachiatus) share a common capacity to withstand wide ranges of oxygen concentration and temperature. This characteristic, along with the capacity to vary their life strategies under different environmental conditions, seems to facilitate the maintenance of large numbers of copepods in coastal waters along the Humboldt Current.

  16. The effect of radial migration on galactic disks

    Vera-Ciro, Carlos; D' Onghia, Elena [Department of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin, 2535 Sterling Hall, 475 North Charter Street, Madison, WI 53076 (United States); Navarro, Julio [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, V8P 5C2 (Canada); Abadi, Mario, E-mail: ciro@astro.wisc.edu [Observatorio Astronómico, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba X5000BGR (Argentina)

    2014-10-20

    We study the radial migration of stars driven by recurring multi-arm spiral features in an exponential disk embedded in a dark matter halo. The spiral perturbations redistribute angular momentum within the disk and lead to substantial radial displacements of individual stars, in a manner that largely preserves the circularity of their orbits and that results, after 5 Gyr (∼40 full rotations at the disk scale length), in little radial heating and no appreciable changes to the vertical or radial structure of the disk. Our results clarify a number of issues related to the spatial distribution and kinematics of migrators. In particular, we find that migrators are a heavily biased subset of stars with preferentially low vertical velocity dispersions. This 'provenance bias' for migrators is not surprising in hindsight, for stars with small vertical excursions spend more time near the disk plane, and thus respond more readily to non-axisymmetric perturbations. We also find that the vertical velocity dispersion of outward migrators always decreases, whereas the opposite holds for inward migrators. To first order, newly arrived migrators simply replace stars that have migrated off to other radii, thus inheriting the vertical bias of the latter. Extreme migrators might therefore be recognized, if present, by the unexpectedly small amplitude of their vertical excursions. Our results show that migration, understood as changes in angular momentum that preserve circularity, can strongly affect the thin disk, but cast doubts on models that envision the Galactic thick disk as a relic of radial migration.

  17. The Effect of Radial Migration on Galactic Disks

    Vera-Ciro, Carlos; D'Onghia, Elena; Navarro, Julio; Abadi, Mario

    2014-10-01

    We study the radial migration of stars driven by recurring multi-arm spiral features in an exponential disk embedded in a dark matter halo. The spiral perturbations redistribute angular momentum within the disk and lead to substantial radial displacements of individual stars, in a manner that largely preserves the circularity of their orbits and that results, after 5 Gyr (~40 full rotations at the disk scale length), in little radial heating and no appreciable changes to the vertical or radial structure of the disk. Our results clarify a number of issues related to the spatial distribution and kinematics of migrators. In particular, we find that migrators are a heavily biased subset of stars with preferentially low vertical velocity dispersions. This "provenance bias" for migrators is not surprising in hindsight, for stars with small vertical excursions spend more time near the disk plane, and thus respond more readily to non-axisymmetric perturbations. We also find that the vertical velocity dispersion of outward migrators always decreases, whereas the opposite holds for inward migrators. To first order, newly arrived migrators simply replace stars that have migrated off to other radii, thus inheriting the vertical bias of the latter. Extreme migrators might therefore be recognized, if present, by the unexpectedly small amplitude of their vertical excursions. Our results show that migration, understood as changes in angular momentum that preserve circularity, can strongly affect the thin disk, but cast doubts on models that envision the Galactic thick disk as a relic of radial migration.

  18. The effect of radial migration on galactic disks

    We study the radial migration of stars driven by recurring multi-arm spiral features in an exponential disk embedded in a dark matter halo. The spiral perturbations redistribute angular momentum within the disk and lead to substantial radial displacements of individual stars, in a manner that largely preserves the circularity of their orbits and that results, after 5 Gyr (?40 full rotations at the disk scale length), in little radial heating and no appreciable changes to the vertical or radial structure of the disk. Our results clarify a number of issues related to the spatial distribution and kinematics of migrators. In particular, we find that migrators are a heavily biased subset of stars with preferentially low vertical velocity dispersions. This 'provenance bias' for migrators is not surprising in hindsight, for stars with small vertical excursions spend more time near the disk plane, and thus respond more readily to non-axisymmetric perturbations. We also find that the vertical velocity dispersion of outward migrators always decreases, whereas the opposite holds for inward migrators. To first order, newly arrived migrators simply replace stars that have migrated off to other radii, thus inheriting the vertical bias of the latter. Extreme migrators might therefore be recognized, if present, by the unexpectedly small amplitude of their vertical excursions. Our results show that migration, understood as changes in angular momentum that preserve circularity, can strongly affect the thin disk, but cast doubts on models that envision the Galactic thick disk as a relic of radial migration.

  19. Influence of the late winter bloom on migrant zooplankton metabolism and its implications on export fluxes

    Putzeys, S.; Yebra, L.; Almeida, C.; Bécognée, P.; Hernández-León, S.

    2011-12-01

    Studies on carbon active fluxes due to diel migrants are scarce and critical for carbon flux models and biogeochemical estimates. We studied the temporal variability and vertical distribution of biomass, indices of feeding and respiration of the zooplanktonic community north off the Canary Islands during the end of the late winter bloom, in order to assess vertical carbon fluxes in this area. Biomass distribution during the day presented two dense layers of organisms at 0-200 m and around 500 m, whereas at night, most of the biomass concentrated in the epipelagic layer. The gut pigment flux (0.05-0.18 mgC·m - 2 ·d - 1 ) represented 0.22% of the estimated passive export flux (POC flux) while potential ingestion represented 3.91% of the POC (1.24-3.40 mgC·m - 2 ·d - 1 ). The active respiratory flux (0.50-1.36 mgC·m - 2 ·d - 1 ) was only 1.57% of the POC flux. The total carbon flux mediated by diel migrants (respiration plus potential ingestion) ranged between 3.37 and 9.22% of the POC flux; which is three-fold higher than calculating ingestion fluxes from gut pigments. Our results suggest that the fluxes by diel migrants play a small role in the downward flux of carbon in the open ocean during the post-bloom period.

  20. Dynamics of radiation situation on the territory of Belarus and migration of radionuclides in different types of soils after Chernobyl catastrophe

    A vertical migration of radionuclides Cs, Sr and Pu in soils (in upper 5 cm) of Belarus is given. Influence of genetic parameters of soil for vertical migration of radionuclides is introduced. The main factor of the velocity for radionuclides migration is super humidity. A forecast of vertical migration of radionuclides is made for the year 2016. (author)

  1. Estimation of zooplankton mortality caused by an Arctic glacier outflow

    Marek J. Zajczkowski

    2001-09-01

    Full Text Available The outflow of freshwater from underwater channels in the Kongsbreen tidal glacier in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard, 79oN, was measured as 138.8 m3 s-1 at the peak of the melting season. Experiments on local marine plankton mortality show that when exposed to salinities below 9 PSU, all copepods die within 15 minutes. We estimate that during 100 days of the melting season, as many as 85 tonnes wet weight (WW of plankton is removed from the water column due to osmotic shock, which makes up 15% of the standing zooplankton biomass of the fjord. The dead zooplankton sinks after exposure to low salinities and is probably an important food source for scavenging benthic fauna in the fjord. This mechanism could be responsible for the high numbers of Onisimus caricus near the glacier front.

  2. Zooplankton as Potential Indicators of Biotic Condition in Large Rivers

    Medley, K. A.; Havel, J. E.; Jack, J. D.

    2005-05-01

    As part of the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP), supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, we are examining zooplankton diversity and abundance in three large rivers (Missouri, Ohio, and upper Mississippi). These rivers are particularly interesting because of large differences in their hydrologic patterns, resulting primarily from their different management strategies. Preliminary data from summer 2004 surveys of the Missouri and Ohio rivers reveals high taxonomic diversity of rotifers (32 genera), cladocerans (22 species), and copepods. Rotifers are numerically dominant in all river samples except in the late summer Ohio River samples, where they are occasionally co-dominant with calanoid copepods. Using multivariate analyses, we will present a comparison of zooplankton diversity between rivers, among sites within rivers, and correspondence with 35 physico-chemical properties of the river. These data will be used to develop bioindicators of the current condition of each river in order to support conservation and restoration decisions by management agencies.

  3. Reaction of fresh water zooplankton community to chronic radiation exposure

    Osipov, D.; Pryakhin, E. [Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine - URCRM (Russian Federation); Ivanov, I. [FSUE Mayak PA (Russian Federation)

    2014-07-01

    The characteristic features of ecological community as a whole and cenosis of zooplankton organisms as part of it determine the intensity of the processes of self-purification of water and the formation of a particular body of water. Identifying features of the structure and composition of the zooplankton community of aquatic ecosystems exposed to different levels of radiation exposure, it is necessary to identify patterns of changes in zooplankton and hydro-biocenosis as a whole. Industrial reservoirs, the storage of liquid low-level radioactive waste 'Mayak' for decades, have high radiation load. A large range of levels of radioactive contamination (total volume beta-activity in water varies from 2.2x10{sup 3} to 2.3x10{sup 7} Bq/l, total volume alpha-activity - from 2.6x10{sup -1} to 3.1x10{sup 3} Bq/l) provides a unique opportunity to study ecosystems in a number of reservoirs with increasing impact of radiation factor. We studied five reservoirs that were used as the storage of low-and intermediate-level liquid radioactive waste pond and one comparison water body. In parallel with zooplankton sampling water samples were collected for hydro-chemical analysis. 41 indicators were analysed in order to assess the water chemistry. To determine the content of radionuclides in the various components of the ecosystem samples were collected from water, bottom sediments and plankton. Sampling of zooplankton for the quantitative analysis was performed using the method of weighted average auto bathometer. Apshteyn's plankton net of the surface horizon was used for qualitative analysis of the species composition of zooplankton. Software package ERICA Assessment Tool 2012 was used for the calculation of the absorbed dose rate. Species diversity and biomass of zooplankton, the share of rotifers in the number of species, abundance and biomass decrease with the increase of the absorbed dose rate and salinity. The number of species in a sample decreases with the increase of the absorbed dose according to the S-shaped function. 5 % reduction in species diversity corresponds to 1.1x10{sup 2} mcGy/hr, 50 % reduction - 1.1x10{sup 3} mcGy/hr. Margalef's index and Shannon's index were 5% lower at 9.1x10{sup 2} mcGy/hr and 50% lower at 1.7x10{sup 3} mcGy/hr, that points to simplified communication in the plankton community. Quantitative indicators of zooplankton are less sensitive to changes in the aquatic environment under study than indicators of species richness and the complexity of relationships in the community. Document available in abstract form only. (authors)

  4. Zooplankton fauna of Lake İznik (Bursa, Turkey)

    YAĞCI, Meral APAYDIN; USTAOĞLU, Mustafa Ruşen

    2012-01-01

    In the present study the zooplankton fauna of Lake İznik (Bursa) was investigated during January-December 2006. A total of 54 taxa-35 taxa from rotifers, 14 taxa from cladocerans, and 5 taxa from copepods-were identified in Lake İznik. Brachionus calyciflorus, B. angularis, Notholca squamula, N. acuminata, Euchlanis dilatata, E. deflexa, Platyias quadricornis, Trichocerca similis, T. cylindrica, T. chattoni, T. lophoessa, T. bicristata, Asplanchna girodi, Conochiulus dossuarius, Synchaeta pec...

  5. Zooplankton fecal pellets link fossil fuel and phosphate deposits

    Porter, K.G.; Robbins, E.I.

    1981-01-01

    Fossil zooplankton fecal pellets found in thinly bedded marine and lacustrine black shales associated with phosphate, oil, and coal deposits, link the deposition of organic matter and biologically associated minerals with planktonic ecosystems. The black shales were probably formed in the anoxic basins of coastal marine waters, inland seas, and rift valley lakes where high productivity was supported by runoff, upwelling, and outwelling. Copyright ?? 1981 AAAS.

  6. Trophic ecology of carnivorous zooplankton in the Benguela

    Gibbons, M. J.; Stuart, V.; H. M. Verheye

    1992-01-01

    Carnivorous zooplankton in the Benguela system have tended to be ignored by all but early taxonomists and a handful of recent researchers. An attempt is made here to address the importance of carnivores in this system but, because the database is poor, it was necessary to apply material from outside the region. The taxa covered include ctenophores, cnidarians (Scyphozoa and Hydrozoa, including Siphonophora), chaetognaths and hyperiid amphipods as well as such minor groups as pelagic gastropod...

  7. Ingestion of Microplastics by Zooplankton in the Northeast Pacific Ocean.

    Desforges, Jean-Pierre W; Galbraith, Moira; Ross, Peter S

    2015-10-01

    Microplastics are increasingly recognized as being widespread in the world's oceans, but relatively little is known about ingestion by marine biota. In light of the potential for microplastic fibers and fragments to be taken up by small marine organisms, we examined plastic ingestion by two foundation species near the base of North Pacific marine food webs, the calanoid copepod Neocalanus cristatus and the euphausiid Euphausia pacifia. We developed an acid digestion method to assess plastic ingestion by individual zooplankton and detected microplastics in both species. Encounter rates resulting from ingestion were 1 particle/every 34 copepods and 1/every 17 euphausiids (euphausiids > copepods; p = 0.01). Consistent with differences in the size selection of food between these two zooplankton species, the ingested particle size was greater in euphausiids (816 ± 108 μm) than in copepods (556 ± 149 μm) (p = 0.014). The contribution of ingested microplastic fibres to total plastic decreased with distance from shore in euphausiids (r (2) = 70, p = 0.003), corresponding to patterns in our previous observations of microplastics in seawater samples from the same locations. This first evidence of microplastic ingestion by marine zooplankton indicate that species at lower trophic levels of the marine food web are mistaking plastic for food, which raises fundamental questions about potential risks to higher trophic level species. One concern is risk to salmon: We estimate that consumption of microplastic-containing zooplankton will lead to the ingestion of 2-7 microplastic particles/day by individual juvenile salmon in coastal British Columbia, and ≤91 microplastic particles/day in returning adults. PMID:26066061

  8. Zooplankton Composition of Pulumur Stream (Tunceli-Turkey

    Hilal Haykir

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was completed with periodical surveys in Pulumur stream between November 2009-October 2010 period. During the study, a total of 21 species (15 belonged to genus of Rotifera, 4 to Copepoda and 2 Cladocera were found in Pulumur stream. All of the zooplanktonic species have been detected for the first time in Pulumur stream. Also some water parameters (pH, dissolved oxygen, electrical conductivity and water temperature were measured during field trips.

  9. Importance of zooplankton in the diets of Tinca tinca (L., from Danube Delta shallow lakes

    TUDOR Mihaela

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available This study was initiated to examine the role of zooplankton in the diet of Tinca tinca (Linnaeus, 1758 fish species and evaluate zooplanktons spatial and temporal distribution from Danube Delta shallow lakes in June 2007 (e.g., Cuibul cu Lebede, Uzlina, Isac, Furtuna, Nebunu, Merhei, Miazazi, Rosu, Rosulet. Fish predationappears to be the ultimate factor governing the presence or absence of certain crustaceans zooplankton species. The habitat preferred by the tench is characteristically sheltered and shallow with abundant vegetation. It is now widely accepted that predation plays a critical role in determinig zooplankton community structure in shallow lakes. Food quality may be more important than food quantity with respect to both growth and reproduction in animal population. Ecological limitation studies performed on primary consumers, proved the importance zooplankton population [5].

  10. Specificity of zooplankton distribution in meteorite crater ponds (Morasko, Poland

    Kuczy?ska-Kippen N.

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available This study was conducted in order to define the most important factors responsible for the zooplankton community structure inhabiting four meteorite crater ponds, located near the city of Pozna? (Poland. The functioning of the meteorite craters resembled that of other small water bodies, where seasonality, physical-chemical features (mainly chlorophyll a concentration, pH and conductivity or biological parameters (lack of fish structured zooplankton assemblages. Rotifer species richness and abundance were highest in the autumn (12 species and 5107 ind L-1 on average, while crustaceans prevailed in the summer (12 and 201, respectively. The dominating structure also depended on the season, with pelagic species occurring in the spring and autumn and mainly littoral species in the summer. Moreover, the temporary nature of the craters caused great differentiation in zooplankton among ponds and favoured organisms adapted to living in astatic reservoirs, e.g. bdelloids, Daphnia pulex or Macrocyclops viridis. The co-occurrence of a variable community of small crustaceans with large daphnids indicated the existence of an additional ecological niche a thick layer of sediments. Despite the occurrence of adverse living conditions (oxygen deficiencies and periodic drying and the eutrophic character of the waters, these ponds were a source of many rare species (e.g. Keratella paludosa, even in the status of dominants. Protective measures (a nature reserve allowed the area of meteorite fall to remain quite natural, despite its location close to an urban area.

  11. Studies on the zooplankton of the deep subalpine Lake Garda.

    Luigi NASELLI-FLORES

    1999-02-01

    Full Text Available The specific composition and seasonal dynamics of the zooplankton of Lake Garda have been studied through monthly surveys in two annual cycles (December 1994-November 1995 and January-December 1997. The assemblage is largely dominated by Copipodiaptomus steueri, a typical calanoid presently identified in deep (Garda, Iseo and shallow lakes of NE Italy and in the hinterland of the central Adriatic region (Dalmatia and Marche Region. Cladocerans and the smaller rotifers represent a significant component of the zooplankton from spring to autumn. A re-examination of the results obtained in previous studies does not seem to demonstrate substantial shifts in the composition of the dominant species. The only documentable and consolidated differences are constituted by the disappearance of Sida crystallina since the '50s and the appearance of new rotifers since the '70s and the '80s. It is stressed that, owing to the fragmentation of the available studies and the use of different methodologies, the qualitative and quantitative modifications of the zooplankton should be interpreted with special caution, requiring further in-depth and continuous monitoring for the meaning they could have as possible signs of modifications of the trophic structure of the lake. However, the results of the comparison of the different investigations do not seem to contrast with the substantial stability of the oligo-mesotrophic character of the lake formally documented since the '70s.

  12. Considerations on the biochemical composition of some freshwater zooplankton species.

    Nicoletta RICCARDI

    1999-02-01

    Full Text Available The mean elemental (C, H, N and biochemical composition (lipids, carbohydrates and proteins of some abundant crustacean zooplankton species of Italian insubric lakes has been estimated by the analysis of samples collected at different seasons from various environments (Lake Maggiore, Lake Varese, Lake Comabbio, Lake Monate. From each sample an adequate number of specimens of each abundant species was sorted and analyzed by a CHN elemental analyzer. The percentage of lipids, carbohydrates and proteins and the calorific content were calculated from the elemental composition according to Gnaiger & Bitterlich (1984. Inter- and intraspecific variability of biochemical composition was quite high, while elemental composition and calorific content were less variable. An estimate of the mean elemental and biochemical composition of each species was obtained by pooling the data. These mean values have been used to estimate the pools of elements and compounds in the crustacean zooplankton of Lake Comabbio to provide an example of the importance of a multiple approach in zooplankton studies.

  13. Aspects of the ecology of the crustacean zooplankton in the Sanyati Basin, Lake Kariba

    B.E. Marshall

    1980-01-01

    Investigations on the zooplankton in Lake Kariba were carried out as part of a broader programme investigating components of the sardine, Limnothrissa miodon, food chain and factors affecting their productivity. This report deals mainly with the crustacean zooplankton, Bosmina longirostris and Mesocyclops leuckarti, which are the most important species in the sardine's diet. Factors which influence the number and distribution of the zooplankton are discussed. The relationship between the zoop...

  14. Ecological investigation of zooplankton abundance in the river Haraz, northeast Iran: Impact of environmental variables

    Jafari Naser; Nabavi Mohamad Saiad; Akhavan Moslem

    2011-01-01

    The influence of physicochemical properties of Haraz river on its zooplankton composition and abundance were investigated at three sites for one year between August 2009 and July 2010. The present study records for the first time the aspects of zooplankton diversity and composition in relation to the physicochemical environment of the Haraz river. Only three groups of zooplankton were found: Rotifera with eighteen genera; Cladocera with nine and Copepoda with six genera. Rotifera was th...

  15. Trace metal dynamics in zooplankton from the Bay of Bengal during summer monsoon

    Rejomon, G.; DineshKumar, P.K.; Nair, M.; Muraleedharan, K.R.

    sources of food. However, both sources are integrated into accumulated concentrations in higher trophic level marine organisms (e.g. Zooplankton). This bioaccumulated fraction cannot be detected directly by measuring metal concentrations in the soluble.... They are the most abundant animals in the sea, and thus play an important role in the marine food chain. Zooplankton feed on phytoplankton and in turn form food for animals at higher trophic levels (Kleppel, 1993). Thus, zooplankton may contribute to the transfer...

  16. Zooplankton diversity analysis through single-gene sequencing of a community sample

    Nishida Mutsumi

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Oceans cover more than 70% of the earth's surface and are critical for the homeostasis of the environment. Among the components of the ocean ecosystem, zooplankton play vital roles in energy and matter transfer through the system. Despite their importance, understanding of zooplankton biodiversity is limited because of their fragile nature, small body size, and the large number of species from various taxonomic phyla. Here we present the results of single-gene zooplankton community analysis using a method that determines a large number of mitochondrial COI gene sequences from a bulk zooplankton sample. This approach will enable us to estimate the species richness of almost the entire zooplankton community. Results A sample was collected from a depth of 721 m to the surface in the western equatorial Pacific off Pohnpei Island, Micronesia, with a plankton net equipped with a 2-m2 mouth opening. A total of 1,336 mitochondrial COI gene sequences were determined from the cDNA library made from the sample. From the determined sequences, the occurrence of 189 species of zooplankton was estimated. BLASTN search results showed high degrees of similarity (>98% between the query and database for 10 species, including holozooplankton and merozooplankton. Conclusion In conjunction with the Census of Marine Zooplankton and Barcode of Life projects, single-gene zooplankton community analysis will be a powerful tool for estimating the species richness of zooplankton communities.

  17. Migration chemistry

    Migration chemistry, the influence of chemical -, biochemical - and physico-chemical reactions on the migration behaviour of pollutants in the environment, is an interplay between the actual natur of the pollutant and the characteristics of the environment, such as pH, redox conditions and organic matter content. The wide selection of possible pollutants in combination with varying geological media, as well as the operation of different chemical -, biochemical - and physico-chemical reactions compleactes the prediction of the influence of these processes on the mobility of pollutants. The report summarizes a wide range of potential pollutants in the terrestrial environment as well as a variety of chemical -, biochemical - and physico-chemical reactions, which can be expected to influence the migration behaviour, comprising diffusion, dispersion, convection, sorption/desorption, precipitation/dissolution, transformations/degradations, biochemical reactions and complex formation. The latter comprises the complexation of metal ions as well as non-polar organics to naturally occurring organic macromolecules. The influence of the single types of processes on the migration process is elucidated based on theoretical studies. The influence of chemical -, biochemical - and physico-chemical reactions on the migration behaviour is unambiguous, as the processes apparently control the transport of pollutants in the terrestrial environment. As the simple, conventional KD concept breaks down, it is suggested that the migration process should be described in terms of the alternative concepts chemical dispersion, average-elution-time and effective retention. (AB) (134 refs.)

  18. Vertical transport of steroid alcohols and ketones measured in a sediment trap experiment in the equatorial Atlantic Ocean

    Gagosian, Robert B.; Smith, Steven O.; Nigrelli, Gale E.

    1982-07-01

    The vertical flux and free steroid alcohol (sterol) and ketone composition of particulate material was determined using sediment traps deployed at 389, 988, 3755 and 5068 m at a station in the equatorial North Atlantic, PARFLUX E. Cholest-5-en-3?-ol (cholesterol) was found to be the dominant sterol in all the traps. This compound had a maximum flux at 988 m, accounting for more than 90% of the sterols at this depth. Inputs from mesopelagic Zooplankton populations living in or migrating to depths between the 389 and 988 m traps appear to be responsible for this distribution. The deeper two traps exhibited an increased flux of phytosterols relative to cholesterol, probably due to (a) the incorporation of labile phytoplankton remains in fecal pellets and rapid transport into the deep sea and (b) differential dissolution of heterogeneous large particles. A maximum of 5-22% of the sterols produced in the euphotic zone were present in the 389 m trap. This value drops to less than 1% for the 5068 m trap, 200 m above the sediment surface. In general steroid ketone fluxes gradually decreased with depth. ?4-Stenones were found in greater abundance than their saturated counterparts. Cholest-4-en-3-one was the major steroid ketone detected in all the traps. A five-fold increase with depth in the cholest-4-en-3-one to cholesterol ratio is most likely due to microbial oxidation of sterols to steroid ketones, or higher ?4-stenone inputs relative to sterols from organisms.

  19. Zooplankton data from zooplankton net casts and other instruments in the Delaware Bay and North Atlantic Ocean as part of the Ocean Continental Shelf (OCS - Mid Atlantic) project, 03 November 1976 - 18 November 1977 (NODC Accession 7800340)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Zooplankton data were collected using zooplankton net casts and other instruments in the Delaware Bay and North Atlantic Ocean from November 3, 1976 to November 18,...

  20. Zooplankton data collected from zooplankton net casts from RESEARCHER I and other platforms in TOGA Area of Pacific Ocean; 16 March 1968 to 02 July 1970 (NODC Accession 9500141)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Zooplankton species identities and other data were collected using zooplankton casts in the TOGA Area of Pacific Ocean from RESEARCHER I and other platforms. Data...

  1. Zooplankton data collected from zooplankton net casts in TOGA Area - Atlantic and Indian Ocean by GAVESHANI and other platforms from 01 March 1963 to 31 March 1965 (NODC Accession 9400163)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Zooplankton data were collected from GAVESHANI and other platforms using zooplankton net casts in the TOGA Area - Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Data were collected...

  2. Zooplankton data collected from THOMAS G. THOMPSON in Caribbean Sea; 01 January 1995 to 27 December 1995 (NODC Accession 9800079)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Zooplankton data were collected using zooplankton net casts in Caribbean Sea from THOMAS G. THOMPSON. Data were collected from 01 January 1995 to 27 December 1995...

  3. Zooplankton data collected from THOMAS G. THOMPSON in Arabian Sea; 01 January 1995 to 27 December 1995 (NODC Accession 9800073)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Zooplankton data were collected using zooplankton net casts in Arabian Sea from THOMAS G. THOMPSON. Data were collected from 01 January 1995 to 27 December 1995 by...

  4. Response of zooplankton to physical changes in the environment: coastal upwelling along central west coast of India

    Madhupratap, M.; Nair, S.R.S.; Haridas, P.; Padmavati, G.

    few species of herbivores and carnivores and was generally distinct from non-upwelling and offshore waters. Zooplankton had higher aggregations in the shallow upper mixed layer compared to the stratum below. High variability in zooplankton abundance...

  5. Zooplankton data collected from THOMAS G. THOMPSON in Arabian Sea; 18 September 1994 to 27 December 1995 (NODC Accession 9800077)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Zooplankton data were collected using zooplankton net casts in Arabian Sea from THOMAS G. THOMPSON. Data were collected from 18 September 1994 to 27 December 1995...

  6. Zooplankton data collected from THOMAS G. THOMPSON in Bering Sea; 01 April 1980 to 13 October 1981 (NODC Accession 9800133)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce Zooplankton data were collected using zooplankton net casts in Bering Sea from THOMAS G. THOMPSON. Data were collected from 01 April 1980 to 13 October 1981 by...

  7. A one-month study of the zooplankton community at a fixed station in the Ligurian Sea: the potential impact of the species composition on the mineralization of organic matter

    L. Mousseau

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The cruise project was designed to study temporal variations of the ecosystem during the summer-autumn transition and focused on the part played by zooplankton as top-down controllers, and the relative importance of top-down versus bottom-up controls. Zooplankton should play a key role both in the vertical transfer of particulate organic matter and in the mineralisation of organic matter. Although the importance of species diversity is well recognized, the impact of diversity on carbon fluxes is rarely considered. Trophic roles of zooplankton range from strict herbivory to strict carnivory, with all possible combinations (i.e. omnivory between these two extremes. Feeding strategies are also very diverse, for example, active predators, passive filter feeders or suspension feeders co-exist (Bamstedt at al., 2000. As the metabolic cost of these different trophic roles and ways of feeding should be different, a physiological diversity must be considered in any assessment of the role of zooplankton in the flux of organic matter (e.g. Longhurts and Harrison, 1989. At a minimum,, species and functional diversities contribute to the diversity of exported organic matter (Steinberg et al., 2000; Madin et al., 2001. Fecal pellets, the organic matter egested by zooplankton, differ in form, size and weight, and hence in their sedimentation and degradation rates (Turner, 2002. The downward flux of organic matter thus depends on not only on physical and chemical processes but also on biological variables.

    The area sampled, located in the central part of the Ligurian Sea is next to the DYFAMED site, a time-series station monthly monitored for several years now. The zone is considered to be oligotrophic and protected from strong advective processes (Andersen and Prieur, 2000. The two cruises DYNAmic of the rapid PROCess (DYNAPROC 1 in May 1995 and DYNAPROC 2, the present study were devoted to factors controlling the vertical flux of matter on short time scales. The aim of the work presented here was to estimate, at a fixed station in the Ligurian Sea (NW Mediterranean Sea,the impact of zooplankton on organic matter fluxes. We determined the species composition and then for the dominant species of the community, we estimated rates of, oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production and ammonium excretion. Our sampling period, the summer-autumn transition featuring strong wind events, offered contrasting situations for primary and export production (Marty et al., 2008. We thus have the opportunity to estimate how the zooplankton, from a species-specific point of view, react to these changes.

  8. Lipids of gelatinous Antarctic zooplankton: Cnidaria and Ctenophora.

    Nelson, M M; Phleger, C F; Mooney, B D; Nichols, P D

    2000-05-01

    Cnidaria (Calycopsis borchgrevinki, Diphyes antarctica, Stygiomedusa gigantea, Atolla wyvillei, Dimophyes arctica) and Ctenophora (Beroe cucumis, B. forskalii, Pleurobrachia pileus, Bolinopsis infundibulum) were collected near Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands, during January and February 1997 and 1998. Total lipid was low in all zooplankton (0.1-5 mg g wet mass) and included primarily polar lipids (59-96% of total lipid). Triacylglycerols were 0-26% of total lipids, and wax esters were 0-11% in all species. Cholesterol was the major sterol in all Cnidaria (50-63% of total sterols) whereas in most ctenophores it was lower at 26-45%. These cholesterol levels are consistent with a combined carnivorous and phytoplanktivorous diet in the ctenophores, with the carnivorous diet more dominant in the Cnidaria. Other sterols included primarily trans-dehydrocholesterol, desmosterol, 24-methylcholest-5,22E-dien-3beta-ol, 24-nordehydrocholesterol, and 24-methylenecholesterol. Total stanols were 0-6% in all zooplankton. Eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid were the major polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in all samples (7-25% of total fatty acids) except for A. wyvillei in which docosapentaenoic acid was 10% of total fatty acids. The PUFA 18:5n-3 was not detected in 1997 samples, but constituted 0.2-0.8% in most 1998 samples. Monounsaturated fatty acids included primarily 18:1n-9c, 16:1n-7c, and 18:1n-7c. The principal saturated fatty acids in all samples were 16:0, 18:0, and 14:0. These data are the first for many of these zooplankton species and the first sterol data for most species. The use of the signature lipid approach has enabled examination of aspects of trophodynamics not obtainable by conventional techniques. PMID:10907790

  9. Spatial and temporal variation in mercury bioaccumulation by zooplankton in Lake Champlain (North America)

    Trophic transfer of Hg across lakes within a region has been related to multiple environmental factors, but the nature of these relationships across distinct basins within individual large lakes is unknown. We investigated Hg bioaccumulation in zooplankton in basins of differing trophic status in Lake Champlain (Vermont, USA) to determine the strongest predictors of Hg bioaccumulation. Zooplankton were sampled in Malletts Bay (oligotrophic) and Missisquoi Bay (eutrophic) in 20052008. Zooplankton in the eutrophic basin had lower concentrations of total Hg and MeHg than those in the oligotrophic basin in all years but 2007, when no bloom occurred in Missisquoi. In addition, Hg concentrations in seston and small zooplankton, sampled during 2009 at 12 sites spanning the lake, decreased with increasing phytoplankton and zooplankton biomass. Thus, Hg bioaccumulation in zooplankton across basins in Lake Champlain is related to trophic status, as observed previously in multiple lake studies. - Highlights: ? Lake Champlain zooplankton Hg was lower in the eutrophic than the oligotrophic basin. ? Algal blooms in years present biodiluted Hg in plankton. ? Lake-wide spatial patterns of Hg in plankton decreased with increasing biomass. ? Lake-wide Hg bioaccumulation patterns are consistent with multiple lake studies. - Large spatiotemporal variations in MeHg bioaccumulation in zooplankton within a single large lake were linked to spatial variation in trophic status across basins and to inter-annual variation in algal density.

  10. Zooplankton production, composition and diversity in the coastal waters of Goa

    Goswami, S.C.; Padmavati, G.

    -April. Secondary production computed from the zooplankton biomass values fluctuated between 24.7 and 87.2 mgC.m sup(-2) d sup(-1) . Herbiores dominated the zooplankton community and copepods were most abundant. Cladocerans, pteropods and decapod larvae, sergestids...

  11. Micro-zooplankton and its abundance relative to the larger zooplankton and other seston components, 08 February 1967 to 27 February 1967 (NODC Accession 0000916)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Micro-zooplankton populations in the upper 100 m were sampled from 5 marine environments in the northeast Pacific Ocean extending from slope waters off San Diego to...

  12. Metals in coastal zooplanktons - A coastal living resource hazard

    Paimpillil, J.S.; Joseph, T.; Rejomon, G.; Gerson, V.J.

    of this in the marine food web dynamics and its role in the biogeochemical cycling of trace elements. Zooplanktons are known to increase the trace metal solubility by releasing complexing agents into the medium, or, on the contrary, they may enhance the incorporation... these are more concentrated within the tissues as they go to higher trophic levels. Tissue levels of heavy metals may often relate to longevity and growth rate of the organisms rather than its position in the food web (Landner, 1975). The main effects due...

  13. Fatty acid transformation in zooplankton: from seston to benthos

    Tiselius, Peter; Hansen, Benni Winding; Calliari, Danilo

    2012-01-01

    activity. To test this hypothesis, we sampled seston, zooplankton and sediment trap material for FA analysis during 5 campaigns spanning 4 seasons at a coastal site on the west coast of Sweden. Saturated (SAFAs) and monounsaturated (MUFAs) FAs dominated seston and trap material, while copepods contained 75....... Copepod feeding, pellet production and egg production were all high after the spring bloom and in summer and autumn. Overall, 5 to 25% of the sedimenting FAs were affected by copepod feeding activities, and the supply of PUFAs to the benthos was significantly enhanced by copepod grazing activity. SAFAs...

  14. Neustonic microplastic and zooplankton in the North Western Mediterranean Sea

    Collignon, Amandine; Hecq, Jean-Henri; Galgani, François; Voisin, Pierre; Collard, France; Goffart, Anne

    2012-01-01

    Neustonic microplastic and zooplankton abundance was determined in the North Western Mediterranean Sea during a summer cruise between July 9th and August 6th 2010, with a break between July 22th and 25th due to a strong wind event. Ninety percent of the 40 stations contained microplastic particles (size 0.3-5 mm) of various compositions: e.g., filaments, polystyrene, thin plastic films. An average concentration of 0.116 particles/m2 was observed. The highest abundances (>0.36 particles/m2) we...

  15. Changing climate cues differentially alter zooplankton dormancy dynamics across latitudes.

    Jones, Natalie T; Gilbert, Benjamin

    2016-03-01

    In seasonal climates, dormancy is a common strategy that structures biodiversity and is necessary for the persistence of many species. Climate change will likely alter dormancy dynamics in zooplankton, the basis of aquatic food webs, by altering two important hatching cues: mean temperatures during the ice-free season, and mean day length when lakes become ice free. Theory suggests that these changes could alter diversity, hatchling abundances and phenology within lakes, and that these responses may diverge across latitudes due to differences in optimal hatching cues and strategies. To examine the role of temperature and day length on hatching dynamics, we collected sediment from 25 lakes across a 1800 km latitudinal gradient and exposed sediment samples to a factorial combination of two photoperiods (12 and 16 h) and two temperatures (8 and 12 °C) representative of historical southern (short photoperiod, warm) and northern (long photoperiod, cool) lake conditions. We tested whether sensitivity to these hatching cues varies by latitudinal origin and differs among taxa. Higher temperatures advanced phenology for all taxa, and these advances were greatest for cladocerans followed by copepods and rotifers. Although phenology differed among taxa, the effect of temperature did not vary with latitude. The latitudinal origin of the egg bank influenced egg abundance and hatchling abundance and diversity, with these latter effects varying with taxa, temperature and photoperiod. Copepod hatchling abundances peaked at mid-latitudes in the high temperature and long photoperiod treatments, whereas hatchling abundances of other zooplankton were greatest at low latitudes and high temperature. The overall diversity of crustacean zooplankton (copepods and cladocerans) also reflected distinct responses of each taxa to our treatments, with the greatest diversity occurring at mid-latitudes (~56 °N) in the shorter photoperiod treatment. Our results demonstrate that hatching cues differ for broad taxonomic groups that vary in developmental and life-history strategies. These differences are predicted to drive latitude-specific shifts in zooplankton emergence with climate change and could alter the base of aquatic food webs. PMID:26590065

  16. A three-dimensional biophysical model of Karenia brevis dynamics on the west Florida shelf: A look at physical transport and potential zooplankton grazing controls

    Milroy, Scott P.; Dieterle, Dwight A.; He, Ruoying; Kirkpatrick, Gary J.; Lester, Kristen M.; Steidinger, Karen A.; Vargo, Gabriel A.; Walsh, John J.; Weisberg, Robert H.

    2008-01-01

    The development of accurate predictive models of toxic dinoflagellate blooms is of great ecological importance, particularly in regions that are most susceptible to their detrimental effects. This is especially true along the west Florida shelf (WFS) and coast, where episodic bloom events of the toxic dinoflagellate Karenia brevis often wreak havoc on the valuable commercial fisheries and tourism industries of west Florida. In an effort to explain the dynamics at work within the maintenance and termination phases of a red tide, a simple three-dimensional coupled biophysical model was used in the analysis of the October 1999 red tide offshore Sarasota, Florida. Results of the numerical experiments indicate that: (1) measured and modeled flowfields were capable of transporting the observed offshore inoculum of K. brevis to within 16 km of the coastal boundary; (2) background concentrations (1000 cells L -1) of K. brevis could grow to a red tide of over 2×10 6 cells L -1 in little more than a month, assuming an estuarine initiation site with negligible offshore advection, no grazing losses, negligible competition from other phytoplankton groups, and no nutrient limitation; (3) maximal grazing pressure could not prevent the initiation of a red tide or cause its termination, assuming no other losses to algal biomass and a zooplankton community ingestion rate similar to that of Acartia tonsa; and (4) the light-cued ascent behavior of K. brevis served as an aggregational mechanism, concentrating K. brevis at the 55 μE m -2 s -1 isolume when mean concentrations of K. brevis exceeded 100,000 cells L -1. Further improvements in model fidelity will be accomplished by the future inclusion of phytoplankton competitors, disparate nutrient availability and limitation schemes, a more realistic rendering of the spectral light field and the attendant effects of photo-inhibition and compensation, and a mixed community of vertically-migrating proto- and metazoan grazers. These model refinements are currently under development and shall be used to aid progress toward an operational model of red tide forecasting along the WFS.

  17. Infestation of zooplankton with Triaenophorus and Proteocephalus procercoids (Cestoda in a deep oligotrophic lake

    Peter Anegg

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available In spring 2004, a massive infestation of the whitefish population in the Austrian Lake Achensee with Triaenophorus crassus was observed. Procercoids, the larval stage of parasitic cestodes, infest copepods as their first intermediate host. Therefore, in spring 2011, zooplankton samples were taken weekly at two sampling sites and depth ranges to determine the abundances of crustaceans as well as percentages of infected copepods and temporal occurrence of parasites. In addition, whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus stomach contents were analysed for food spectrum and parasite infestation. From the end of June to mid-August, procercoids of Triaenophorus spp. were detected in Cyclops abyssorum, the only first intermediate host for this parasite in Lake Achensee. Highest percentages of infected copepods were reached in mid-July (prevalence: 0.38%. Furthermore, an infestation of Proteocephalus sp. was observed in this copepod species, which occurred earlier until the end of the sampling period (prevalence: 1.34%. Besides C. abyssorum, also Eudiaptomus gracilis was occasionally infected with Proteocephalus (prevalence: 0.05%. The procercoids were found in both depth ranges, with no clear vertical infestation preference. More female C. abyssorum were Triaenophorus-infected than males, while the opposite was observed for Proteocephalus infection. The whitefish stomachs contained large numbers of Proteocephalus and Triaenophorus procercoids, coinciding with the occurrence of these parasites in the copepods.

  18. 210Po uptake by zooplankton during a one year cycle in relation to trophic conditions in Monaco Bay

    Former evidence showed that in oligotrophic waters in French Polynesia there is an inverse correlation between zooplankton biomass and zooplankton 210Po concentration. To study the same phenomenon in a more seasonal environment, monthly samples of zooplankton, water, fecal pellets, and particulate organic matter were obtained in Monaco monthly and analyzed for 210Po content

  19. Zooplankton community analysis in the Changjiang River estuary by single-gene-targeted metagenomics

    Cheng, Fangping; Wang, Minxiao; Li, Chaolun; Sun, Song

    2014-07-01

    DNA barcoding provides accurate identification of zooplankton species through all life stages. Single-gene-targeted metagenomic analysis based on DNA barcode databases can facilitate longterm monitoring of zooplankton communities. With the help of the available zooplankton databases, the zooplankton community of the Changjiang (Yangtze) River estuary was studied using a single-gene-targeted metagenomic method to estimate the species richness of this community. A total of 856 mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (cox1) gene sequences were determined. The environmental barcodes were clustered into 70 molecular operational taxonomic units (MOTUs). Forty-two MOTUs matched barcoded marine organisms with more than 90% similarity and were assigned to either the species (similarity>96%) or genus level (similaritymetagenomic analysis is a useful tool for zooplankton studies, with which specimens from all life history stages can be identified quickly and effectively with a comprehensive database.

  20. ZOOPLANKTON DENSITY OF LONI DAM WATER, KINWAT, DIST- NANDED, MAHARASHTRA (INDIA.

    Maqdoom Mohiuddin

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available In the present investigation was undertaken to study of the physicchemical parameters with relation to the zooplankton composition in Loni dam water. The physicchemical parameters of Loni Dam water were found favorable range for the growth of the zooplankton. The present investigation the three spots were selected for the study and named as Sites I, II and III respectively. The study carried out the one year during the June- 2012 to May-2013. The dominant trend in the zooplankton was Rotifera > Cladocera > Copepoda > Ostracoda and total count of zooplankton was 12 to 30 number/lit at Site- I, 11to 50 number/lit at Site- II and 13-43 number/lit at Site- III. The physicochemical parameters are favorable range for the growth of zooplankton and it may be beneficial for the fish culture.

  1. The effect of salinity levels on the structure of zooplankton communities

    Paturej Ewa

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to determine the qualitative and quantitative structure of zooplankton communities in the Vistula Lagoon and to establish whether zooplankton abundance and biodiversity are affected by salinity levels. Samples for biological analyses were collected in the summer (June-September of 2007-2011 at eleven sampling sites. Statistical analysis revealed a significant correlation between salinity levels and the number of species (r= -0.2020, abundance (r= 0.1967 and biomass (r= 0.3139 of zooplankton. No significant correlations were found between salinity and the biodiversity of zooplankton. The results of the study suggest that salinity affects the abundance and structure, but not the diversity of zooplankton communities in the Vistula Lagoon.

  2. Dateline Migration.

    Tomasi, Lydio E., Ed.

    1995-01-01

    Presents data on international migration and its effects in and between various countries in North America, Europe, and Africa. Discussions include refugee, immigrant, and migrant worker flows; the legal, political, and social problems surrounding immigrants; alien terrorism and law enforcement problems; and migrant effects on education, social

  3. Monarch Migration.

    Williamson, Brad; Taylor, Orley

    1996-01-01

    Describes the Monarch Watch program that tracks the migration of the monarch butterfly. Presents activities that introduce students to research and international collaboration between students and researchers. Familiarizes students with monarchs, stimulates their interest, and helps them generate questions that can lead to good research projects.…

  4. Dateline Migration.

    Tomasi, Lydio E., Ed.

    1995-01-01

    Presents data on international migration and its effects in and between various countries in North America, Europe, and Africa. Discussions include refugee, immigrant, and migrant worker flows; the legal, political, and social problems surrounding immigrants; alien terrorism and law enforcement problems; and migrant effects on education, social…

  5. Prestack exploding reflector modeling and migration in TI media

    Wang, H.

    2014-01-01

    Prestack depth migration in anisotropic media, especially those that exhibit tilt, can be costly using reverse time migration (RTM). We present two-way spectral extrapolation of prestack exploding reflector modeling and migration (PERM) in acoustic transversely isotropic (TI) media. We construct systematic ways to evaluate phase angles and phase velocities in dip oriented TI (DTI), vertical TI (VTI) and tilted TI (TTI) media. Migration results from the Marmousi VTI model and the BP2007 TTI model show the feasibility of our approach.

  6. Vertical distribution and trophic interactions of krill, sprat and gadoids in the inner Oslofjord during winter

    Brun,Helene

    2007-01-01

    ABSTRACT Vertical distribution and trophic interactions of zooplankton and fish were studied at a 150 m deep station in Bunnefjorden – the innermost part of the Oslofjord - during winter 2005/2006. Focus was on the krill Meganyctiphanes norvegica, the small clupeid fish sprat (Sprattus sprattus) and gadoids, mainly whiting (Merlangius merlangus). Bunnefjorden is characterized by hypoxy in the bottom water, and the study was part of more long-lasting investigations addressing how hypoxy may in...

  7. Observations of copepod feeding and vertical distribution under natural turbulent conditions in the North Sea

    Visser, Andre; Saito, H.; Saiz, E.; Kirboe, Thomas

    2001-01-01

    We present results of simultaneous measurements of turbulent- dissipation rate, zooplankton vertical distribution and copepod gut pigments in the northern North Sea. Analysis shows that some, but not all, copepods (by species, sex and stage) exhibit significant dependence on turbulence in respect......, Calanus spp. and Metridia lucens exhibited a significant negative response in feeding-rate index with increasing turbulence. Centropages typicus and Pseudocalanus spp, also exhibited a negative response but of less significance....

  8. Effects of the ``Amoco Cadiz'' oil spill on zooplankton

    Samain, J. F.; Moal, J.; Coum, A.; Le Coz, J. R.; Daniel, J. Y.

    1980-03-01

    A survey of zooplankton physiology on the northern coast of Brittany (France) was carried out over a one-year period by comparing two estuarine areas, one oil-polluted area (Aber Benoit) following the oil spill by the tanker Amoco Cadiz and one non-oil-polluted area (Rade de Brest). A new approach to an ecological survey was made by describing trophic relationships using analysis of digestive enzyme equipment (amylase and trypsin) of zooplankton organisms, mesoplankton populations and some selected species. These measurements allowed determination of (a) groups of populations with homogeneous trophic and faunistic characteristics and (b) groups of species with homogeneous trophic characteristics. The study of the appearance of these groups over a one-year period revealed the succession of populations and their adaptation to the environment on the basis of biochemical analysis. These phenomena observed in the compared areas showed marked differences in the most polluted areas during the productive spring period. Specific treatment of the data using unusual correlations between digestive enzymes is discussed in terms of the immediate effect on the whole population and on a copepod ( Anomalocera patersoni) living in the upper 10 cm.

  9. Shared iodine uptake mechanisms in marine zooplankton and phytoplankton

    Stefanie van Bergeijk

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Iodine is an essential trace element in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. It occurs at much higher concentrations in marine compared to terrestrial environments1, and little is known about the adaptations of marine organisms to the relative abundance of this important element. In contrast to vertebrates, where iodine is an essential component of thyroid hormones (THs, we lack fundamental insights into the mechanisms of iodine function, metabolism and uptake for the majority of marine life, i.e. zooplankton and phytoplankton. Our data provide evidence for peroxide facilitated diffusion (PFD of iodine in two planktonic marine organisms, the unicellular algal species Isochrisis sp. (phytoplankton and sea urchin larvae (zooplankton. PFD has only been documented for bacteria and the seaweed Laminaria. This is in contrast to sodium iodine symporter (NIS mechanisms that are essential for iodine uptake in the vertebrate thyroid gland. Hence, PFD is used for iodine uptake in representative organisms of three kingdoms and therefore appears to be much more widespread and evolutionary ancient than NIS mechanisms. Our results also support recent reports suggesting iodine accumulation in kelp as an ancient antioxidant mechanism. These findings raise interesting new questions about the function and evolution of iodine in marine ecosystems.

  10. Zooplankton long-term changes in the NW Mediterranean Sea: Decadal periodicity forced by winter hydrographic conditions related to large-scale atmospheric changes?

    Garca-Comas, Carmen; Stemmann, Lars; Ibanez, Frdric; Berline, Lo; Mazzocchi, Maria Grazia; Gasparini, Stphane; Picheral, Marc; Gorsky, Gabriel

    2011-09-01

    Copepod, chaetognath, decapod larva, siphonophore and jellyfish monthly abundances, from 1974 to 2003 at Point B (northwestern Mediterranean), were obtained with the ZooScan. Principal component analysis (PCA) was performed on zooplankton, and another PCA on local environment. Almost-decadal periods (1974-1982, 1983-1991, 1992-1999, and 2000-2003) were distinguished in the 1st PC of zooplankton, and that of local environment (1974-1980, 1981-1991, 1992-1998, and 1999-2003). The 1st PC of local environment was correlated with winter North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) until early 1990s. In early 1980s, all groups increased and the majority of the decade abundances were above the long-term average for most groups. In the 1990s, all decreased, and in early 2000s they increased. This synchrony suggests bottom-up control as main mechanism structuring these groups. The 1980s were characterized by low winter temperature and high salinity. We hypothesize that phytoplankton production was favored during that decade due to increased nutrient uprise to surface by strong winter vertical mixing. In the 1990s salinity decreased probably to the detriment of vertical mixing and carrying capacity of the system. These results stress the role of salinity as physical forcing on water-column stability, in the NW Mediterranean, and the importance of winter conditions to determine the state of pelagic ecosystems.

  11. Spatial and Temporal Variations in the Zooplankton Community of Phosphorescent Bay, Puerto Rico

    Rios-Jara, E.

    1998-06-01

    Nocturnal variations of zooplankton abundance and hydrographic conditions were examined at three locations (centre, north shore and south shore) in Phosphorescent Bay, Puerto Rico, from May 1992 through April 1993. Seven taxa accounted for approximately 96% of the annual mean zooplankton abundance: Oithonaspp. (43·5%), Acartia tonsa(31·5%), copepod nauplii (8·8%), Paracalanusspp.(6·7%), gastropod veligers (2·5%), larvaceans (1·7%) and Pseudo-diaptomus cokeri(1·6%). Copepods dominated numerically throughout the year and comprised 94·3% of total zooplankton. Higher abundance of zooplankton (mean±1 SD=252 259±176 797 individuals m -3) was associated with cool water temperatures (24·9-27·4 °C) and dry conditions (0·3-2·9 cm precipitation/month) which prevailed between December and March relative to the period between April and November (warm/wet season) (mean±1 SD=59 773±26 861 individuals m -3), when temperature and precipitation were higher (27·3-30·3 °C, 3·1-20·6 cm month -1). Fluctuations of zooplankton populations, particularly copepods, followed progressive increments in chlorophyll aconcentrations. This abundance pattern was consistent at the three sampling stations. Zooplankton abundance was higher on the north shore of the bay. The taxonomic composition of zooplankton was similar at the sampling stations studied.

  12. Role of zooplankton dynamics for Southern Ocean phytoplankton biomass and global biogeochemical cycles

    Le Quéré, C.; Buitenhuis, E. T.; Moriarty, R.; Alvain, S.; Aumont, O.; Bopp, L.; Chollet, S.; Enright, C.; Franklin, D. J.; Geider, R. J.; Harrison, S. P.; Hirst, A.; Larsen, S.; Legendre, L.; Platt, T.; Prentice, I. C.; Rivkin, R. B.; Sathyendranath, S.; Stephens, N.; Vogt, M.; Sailley, S.; Vallina, S. M.

    2015-07-01

    Global ocean biogeochemistry models currently employed in climate change projections use highly simplified representations of pelagic food webs. These food webs do not necessarily include critical pathways by which ecosystems interact with ocean biogeochemistry and climate. Here we present a global biogeochemical model which incorporates ecosystem dynamics based on the representation of ten plankton functional types (PFTs); six types of phytoplankton, three types of zooplankton, and heterotrophic bacteria. We improved the representation of zooplankton dynamics in our model through (a) the explicit inclusion of large, slow-growing zooplankton, and (b) the introduction of trophic cascades among the three zooplankton types. We use the model to quantitatively assess the relative roles of iron vs. grazing in determining phytoplankton biomass in the Southern Ocean High Nutrient Low Chlorophyll (HNLC) region during summer. When model simulations do not represent crustacean macrozooplankton grazing, they systematically overestimate Southern Ocean chlorophyll biomass during the summer, even when there was no iron deposition from dust. When model simulations included the developments of the zooplankton component, the simulation of phytoplankton biomass improved and the high chlorophyll summer bias in the Southern Ocean HNLC region largely disappeared. Our model results suggest that the observed low phytoplankton biomass in the Southern Ocean during summer is primarily explained by the dynamics of the Southern Ocean zooplankton community rather than iron limitation. This result has implications for the representation of global biogeochemical cycles in models as zooplankton faecal pellets sink rapidly and partly control the carbon export to the intermediate and deep ocean.

  13. Zooplankton responses to sandbar opening in a tropical eutrophic coastal lagoon

    Santangelo, Jayme M.; de M. Rocha, Adriana; Bozelli, Reinaldo L.; Carneiro, Luciana S.; de A. Esteves, Francisco

    2007-02-01

    The effects of a disturbance by sandbar opening on the zooplankton community were evaluated through a long-term study in an eutrophic and oligohaline system, Imboassica Lagoon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Zooplankton samples and limnological data were collected monthly from March 2000 to February 2003. Before the sandbar was opened in February 2001, the lagoon showed eutrophic conditions, with high mean nutrient concentrations and low salinity (total nitrogen - TN = 190.28 μM, chlorophyll a content - Chl. a = 104.60 μg/L and salinity = 0.87'). During this period, the zooplankton species present, such as the rotifers Brachionus calyciflorus and Brachionus havanaensis, were typical of freshwater to oligohaline and eutrophic environments. After the sandbar opening, the lagoon changed to a lower trophic status and increased salinity (TN = 55.11 μM, Chl. a = 27.56 μg/L and salinity = 19.64'). As a result, the zooplankton community came to consist largely of the rotifer Brachionus plicatilis, marine copepods and meroplanktonic larvae, mainly Gastropoda. Salinity was the main force structuring the zooplankton community after the sandbar opening. Two years after this episode, the prior zooplankton community had not reestablished itself, indicating a low resilience to this disturbance. The conditions developed prior to a sandbar opening can be crucial to the community responses in the face of this disturbance and for the capacity of the original zooplankton community to re-establish itself.

  14. Zooplankton size and distribution within mesoscale structures in the Mozambique Channel: A comparative approach using the TAPS acoustic profiler, a multiple net sampler and ZooScan image analysis

    Lebourges-Dhaussy, A.; Huggett, J.; Ockhuis, S.; Roudaut, G.; Josse, E.; Verheye, H.

    2014-02-01

    Two surveys were conducted in the Mozambique Channel in November 2009 and April/May 2010 to study the influence of mesoscale eddies on the zooplanktonic component of the ecosystem. Three complementary methods were used to sample zooplankton: (1) hydro-acoustics with a TAPS multi-frequency zooplankton profiler; (2) in situ biological sampling using a Multinet with samples processed via the classical settled biovolume technique; (3) ZooScan image analysis which determines biovolume, size and taxonomic composition. This approach presented an ideal opportunity to compare the results of these different methods which highlighted a large overlap in their detectable size range. Each method favoured a particular size fraction of the population, i.e. TAPS for the microzooplankton (3 mm ESR). In the case of the 2009 cruise, a well-established cyclone-anticyclone dipole was sampled, with results clearly indicating a higher concentration of zooplankton in the cyclonic eddy compared to the anticyclonic counterpart. The TAPS also detected high surface (0-22 m) concentrations of what appeared to be microzooplankton or marine snow in the cyclone. In 2010, the eddy field was less defined and more spatially variable compared to that in 2009. Two cyclonic and anticyclonic features were sampled during the cruise, each with different life histories and levels of stability. Results were inconsistent compared to those of 2009 and dependent on the size component of the population, with both cyclonic and anticyclonic features capable of having higher planktonic biomass. Differences in species composition between these mesoscale features were not too different and mainly a matter of relative biovolume. Less well formed eddy fields, particularly in the mid-Mozambique Channel, therefore appear to result in indistinct vertical and horizontal zooplankton distribution patterns.

  15. Biochemical composition and calorific value of zooplankton from the coastal waters of South Andaman

    M. Arun Kumar

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Estimation of biochemical composition of zooplankton is important in understanding their metabolism, nutritive value and energy transfer which are relevant to the marine ecosystem. Zooplankton biomass and their biochemical composition were estimated from the coastal waters of South Andaman during October 2011 to September 2012. The dry weight biomass and chlorophyll a discerned a positive correlation (p is less than 0.05; one-way ANOVA in two stations. Protein formed the major fraction of the organic constituents. Seasonal variation in the protein content of zooplankton was observed. Carbohydrate was the minor component and ranged from 1.1-12.2% ( Mean= 3.4+-1.1 in terms of dry weight. Neither lipid nor carbohydrate appeared to be significant source of energy for these organisms. Caloric value obtained in this study ranged from 1.35 to 2.72 kcal/g dry weight ( Mean=1.8+-0.2. Relatively higher values were attributed to the dominance of calanoid copepods in the zooplankton population almost throughout the year. Zooplankton did not show an extensive lipid storage suggesting that protein may serve as metabolic reserve. It is therefore evident that zooplankton can be utilized as nutritional live feed for the cultivable species of fish and prawn in aquaculture farms. The variations in biochemical composition of zooplankton are influenced by species composition and feeding activities of zooplankton, which is in accordance with the previous studies. This study is the first report on Biochemical Composition and Calorific Value of Zooplankton from the coastal waters of Port Blair, South Andaman.

  16. Vertical distributions of autumn spawned larval herring (Clupea harengus L.) in the North Sea

    Heath, M.; Brander, Keith; Munk, Peter; Rankine, P.

    1991-01-01

    in all stages of development, from yolk-sac to pre-metamorphosis (35 mm). During diel migrations larvae were closer to the surface during daylight than at night. The amplitude of diel vertical migrations increased with the length of the larvae. Semi-diel cycles in the vertical distributions were rare...

  17. A comparison of carbon-specific respiration rates in gelatinous and non-gelatinous zooplankton: A search for general rules in zooplankton metabolism

    Schneider, G.

    1992-12-01

    Using 470 data from the literature the dry weight-specific respiration rates of gelatinous zooplankton (cnidarians, ctenophores and salps) and non-gelatinous zooplankton (mainly crustacea) were converted to carbon-specific values. The resulting carbon-specific respiration rates showed no significant differences between the two groups of zooplankton, indicating similar oxygen requirements per gram of carbon biomass. From this finding, it can be suggested that the differences in the rates of oxygen consumption measured in the two types of zooplankton in the sea can be explained by the carbon biomass ratio between gelatinous and non-gelatinous zooplankton. Furthermore, the low rate of metabolism of gelatinous species compared with that of non-gelatinous animals of the same volume can be attributed predominantly to the relatively low organic matter content in the former. It is recommended that all weight-specific metabolism rates be expressed using carbon as body mass unit (e.g. mg O2 gC-1 d-1) which enables more accurate comparisons between individuals exhibiting different dry weight/carbon ratios.

  18. Astaxanthin in the calanoid copepod Calanus helgolandicus: dynamics of esterfication and vertical distribution in the German Bight, North Sea.

    Sommer, Frank; Agurto, Cristian; Henriksen, Peter; Kioerboe, Thomas

    2006-01-01

    Zooplankton synthesise astaxanthin, a carotenoid pigment believed to protect against high-energy irradiance, from precursors in their diet. Different patterns of astaxanthin vertical distribution would be expected from the benefits of photoprotection, the costs of visual predation and the availability of food. Despite a highly resolved sampling approach (4 m depth intervals), no clear pattern of vertical distribution or correlation with chlorophyll a concentrations was found for Calanus helgo...

  19. Regime shifts in shallow lakes: the importance of seasonal fish migration

    Brönmark, Christer; Brodersen, Jakob; Chapman, Ben B.; Nicolle, Alice; Nilsson, P. Anders; Skov, Christian; Hansson, Lars-Anders

    2010-01-01

    between the individual and ecosystem levels may affect stability of alternative stable states in shallow lakes when mediated by fish migration. Migration effects on shallow lakes result from processes at different scales, from the individual to the ecosystem. Our earlier research has shown that ecosystem....... Our earlier research shows that a large proportion of zooplanktivorous fish populations in shallow lakes undertake seasonal migrations where they leave the lake during winter and migrate back to the lake in spring. Based on our past research, we propose a number of scenarios of how feedback processes...... properties, including piscivore abundance and zooplankton productivity, affect the individual state of zooplanktivorous fish, such as growth rate or condition. Individual state, in turn, affects the relative proportion and timing of migrating zooplanktivorous fish. This change, in turn, may stabilize states...

  20. VERTIGO (VERtical Transport In the Global Ocean): A study of particle sources and flux attenuation in the North Pacific

    Buesseler, K. O.; Trull, T. W.; Steinberg, D. K.; Silver, M. W.; Siegel, D. A.; Saitoh, S.-I.; Lamborg, C. H.; Lam, P. J.; Karl, D. M.; Jiao, N. Z.; Honda, M. C.; Elskens, M.; Dehairs, F.; Brown, S. L.; Boyd, P. W.; Bishop, J. K. B.; Bidigare, R. R.

    2008-07-01

    The VERtical Transport In the Global Ocean (VERTIGO) study examined particle sources and fluxes through the ocean's "twilight zone" (defined here as depths below the euphotic zone to 1000 m). Interdisciplinary process studies were conducted at contrasting sites off Hawaii (ALOHA) and in the NW Pacific (K2) during 3-week occupations in 2004 and 2005, respectively. We examine in this overview paper the contrasting physical, chemical and biological settings and how these conditions impact the source characteristics of the sinking material and the transport efficiency through the twilight zone. A major finding in VERTIGO is the considerably lower transfer efficiency ( Teff) of particulate organic carbon (POC), POC flux 500/150 m, at ALOHA (20%) vs. K2 (50%). This efficiency is higher in the diatom-dominated setting at K2 where silica-rich particles dominate the flux at the end of a diatom bloom, and where zooplankton and their pellets are larger. At K2, the drawdown of macronutrients is used to assess export and suggests that shallow remineralization above our 150-m trap is significant, especially for N relative to Si. We explore here also surface export ratios (POC flux/primary production) and possible reasons why this ratio is higher at K2, especially during the first trap deployment. When we compare the 500-m fluxes to deep moored traps, both sites lose about half of the sinking POC by >4000 m, but this comparison is limited in that fluxes at depth may have both a local and distant component. Certainly, the greatest difference in particle flux attenuation is in the mesopelagic, and we highlight other VERTIGO papers that provide a more detailed examination of the particle sources, flux and processes that attenuate the flux of sinking particles. Ultimately, we contend that at least three types of processes need to be considered: heterotrophic degradation of sinking particles, zooplankton migration and surface feeding, and lateral sources of suspended and sinking materials. We have evidence that all of these processes impacted the net attenuation of particle flux vs. depth measured in VERTIGO and would therefore need to be considered and quantified in order to understand the magnitude and efficiency of the ocean's biological pump.

  1. VERTIGO (VERtical Transport In the Global Ocean): A study of particle sources and flux attenuation in the North Pacific

    Buesseler, K.O.; Trull, T.W.; Steinberg, D.K.; Silver, M.W.; Siegel, D.A.; Saitoh, S.-I.; Lamborg, C.H.; Lam, P.J.; Karl, D.M.; Jiao, N.Z.; Honda, M.C.; Elskens, M.; Dehairs, F.; Brown, S.L.; Boyd, P.W.; Bishop, J.K.B.; Bidigare, R.R.

    2008-06-10

    The VERtical Transport In the Global Ocean (VERTIGO) study examined particle sources and fluxes through the ocean's 'twilight zone' (defined here as depths below the euphotic zone to 1000 m). Interdisciplinary process studies were conducted at contrasting sites off Hawaii (ALOHA) and in the NW Pacific (K2) during 3 week occupations in 2004 and 2005, respectively. We examine in this overview paper the contrasting physical, chemical and biological settings and how these conditions impact the source characteristics of the sinking material and the transport efficiency through the twilight zone. A major finding in VERTIGO is the considerably lower transfer efficiency (T{sub eff}) of particulate organic carbon (POC), POC flux 500/150 m, at ALOHA (20%) vs. K2 (50%). This efficiency is higher in the diatom-dominated setting at K2 where silica-rich particles dominate the flux at the end of a diatom bloom, and where zooplankton and their pellets are larger. At K2, the drawdown of macronutrients is used to assess export and suggests that shallow remineralization above our 150 m trap is significant, especially for N relative to Si. We explore here also surface export ratios (POC flux/primary production) and possible reasons why this ratio is higher at K2, especially during the first trap deployment. When we compare the 500 m fluxes to deep moored traps, both sites lose about half of the sinking POC by >4000 m, but this comparison is limited in that fluxes at depth may have both a local and distant component. Certainly, the greatest difference in particle flux attenuation is in the mesopelagic, and we highlight other VERTIGO papers that provide a more detailed examination of the particle sources, flux and processes that attenuate the flux of sinking particles. Ultimately, we contend that at least three types of processes need to be considered: heterotrophic degradation of sinking particles, zooplankton migration and surface feeding, and lateral sources of suspended and sinking materials. We have evidence that all of these processes impacted the net attenuation of particle flux vs. depth measured in VERTIGO and would therefore need to be considered and quantified in order to understand the magnitude and efficiency of the ocean's biological pump.

  2. Spatial distribution of micro- and meso-zooplankton in the seasonal ice zone of east Antarctica during 1983-1995

    Ojima, Motoha; Takahashi, Kunio T.; Tanimura, Atsushi; Odate, Tsuneo; Fukuchi, Mitsuo

    2015-09-01

    Historically, most studies about the geographic distribution of zooplankton in the Southern Ocean have been focused on the macro-sized zooplankton (2-20 mm), such as the Antarctic krill and larger-sized copepods. On the other hand, despite the high abundance and biomass, the distribution patterns of micro- (20-200 μm) and meso-sized (200 μm-2 mm) zooplankton communities are little understood. In this study, we investigated the distribution patterns of larger micro-zooplankton (100-200 μm) and meso-zooplankton communities in the seasonal ice zone in the Cosmonaut Sea near Syowa Station and examined the effects of environmental factors and water properties on these communities. The investigation was based on samples collected with 100 μm mesh nets, which are appropriate to estimate the quantitative abundance and community structure of micro- and meso-zooplankton species between 1983 and 1995. Cluster analysis of the samples revealed that the distribution of macro-zooplankton species was influenced by the temperature and salinity of ocean fronts. Among the meso-zooplankton, cyclopoid and small calanoid copepods tended to be ubiquitously distributed. However, among the micro-zooplankton, the distributions of foraminiferans and tintinnids were associated with sea ice extent. The distribution of micro- and meso-zooplankton communities could be used to estimate the impact of environmental changes on the marine ecosystem in the Southern Ocean.

  3. Relative abundance and diel variation of zooplankton from south west coast of India

    Santhakumari, V.; Peter, K.J.

    abundant group, of which calanoids predominated. A swarm of the hydromedusan species, Aequorea conica, (181/m sup(-3)) was seen at night. Quantitative and qualitative variations of various zooplankton groups from six stations in relation to selected physico...

  4. Zooplankton of the lagoons of the Laccadives: diel patterns and emergence

    Madhupratap, M.; Achuthankutty, C.T.; Nair, S.R.S.

    Zooplankton populations in the water column increased substantially at night in four lagoons of the Laccadives. Epibenthic forms emerging into the water column during night, as well as non-epibenthic forms such as calanoid and cyclopoid copepods...

  5. Biomass and biochemical composition of zooplankton from northwest Bay of Bengal during January 1990

    Krishnakumari, L.; Goswami, S.C.

    Biomass, proximate composition, organic carbon and calorie content of assorted zooplankton from the surface waters were studied. Day and night stations revealed significant difference in biomass (displacement volume, dry wt and organic carbon...

  6. Preliminary studies on the association between zooplankton and the stramenopilan fungi, Aplanochytrids

    Damare, V.S.; Damare, S.R.; Ramanujam, P.; Meena, R.M.; Raghukumar, S.

    : [1] using fluorescently-labeled prey approach and [2] using internal transcribed spacerbased molecular probe and in situ hybridization approach. The aplanochytrid cells were detected in the guts as well as fecal pellets of the zooplankton, thus...

  7. Zooplankton mortality due to entrainment in the cooling water circuit of a power station

    Zooplankton mortality, both the instant (0 h) and delayed (24 h) due to entrainment has been studied at two different locations in the cooling water circuit of Madras Atomic Power Station at Kalpakkam. Among the four dominant groups of zooplankton studied, calanoids the largest organisms (average length 1036±246 μm) with regards to the size as compared to other groups, registered the highest mortality (70.63%). However, the barnacle larvae with their smallest average size (408±105 μm), suffered the lowest mortality. Thus, the mortality occurred corresponded to the average size of the zooplankton groups. The mortality showed significant difference among the four different groups of zooplankton (p=6 ml/day (in terms of displacement volume) is equivalent to 116.2 kg C/Day. (author)

  8. Biochemical composition and caloric potential of zooplankton from Bay of Bengal

    Sreepada, R.A.; Rivonker, C.U.; Parulekar, A.H.

    Proximate composition and variations in protein, lipid, carbohydrate, ash and organic carbon in zooplankton from 42 stations in the Bay of Bengal are reported. Average percentages of moisture, protein, lipid, carbohydrate, ash and carbon were 85...

  9. A Biogeographic Assessment of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary - Kriged Predictive Map of Zooplankton Samples

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Zooplankton communities have been well studied in the northeast Atlantic (Sherman et al., 1983) and on Georges Bank within the Gulf of Maine (Bigelow, 1927; Davis,...

  10. Zooplankton standing stock assessment and fishery resources in the indian seas

    Goswami, S.C.; Sarupria, J.S.; Bhargava, R.M.S.

    Based on data from 1864 samples collected over a period of 12 years (1976-88), an assessment of zooplankton standing stock (biomass), secondary production and potential fishery resources has been made. The areas studied included Arabian Sea, Bay...

  11. Elemental (C, H, N) composition of zooplankton from north Arabian Sea

    Matondkar, S.G.P.; Bhat, K.L.; Ansari, Z.A.; Parulekar, A.H.

    Zooplankton samples collected from north Arabian Sea during March 1992 were analysed for elemental (C,H,N) composition. Estimated carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen concentrations displayed variations among different groups but their ratios were nearly...

  12. Production of certain hydrolytic enzymes by psychrophilic bacteria from the Antarctic krill, zooplankton and seawater

    Ramaiah, N.

    , Acinetobacter and Moraxella were the genera among the Gram-negative organisms. Nearly 8% of the isolates were Gram-positive and over 15% were unidentifiable. Notably, the bacterial strains collected from zooplankton were found to possess large number...

  13. Cs-137 migration in soil near NPPs

    A convective-diffusion model has been employed for describing Cs-137 migration in soil. The migration parameters were determined by comparing the calculated vertical distribution profiles with the experimental ones. The migration parameters dependence on the soil state has been studied. Cs-137 penetration rate was found to be function of the soil type, surface state, soil wetness and orography. The obtained values are presented. A method is suggested for revealing the soil surface contamination by Cs-137 produced during NPP operation with distinguishing it from the global contamination background. For this purpose Cs-137 content in the upper 5 mm soil layer is estimated

  14. Ciliate Epibionts Associated with Crustacean Zooplankton in German Lakes: Distribution, Motility, and Bacterivory

    SamanthaLynnBickel; Hans-PeterGrossart

    2012-01-01

    Ciliate epibionts associated with crustacean zooplankton are widespread in aquatic systems, but their ecological roles are little known. We studied the occurrence of ciliate epibionts on crustacean zooplankton in nine German lakes with different limnological features during the summer of 2011. We also measured the detachment and reattachment rates of the ciliates, changes in their motility, and the feeding rates of attached vs. detached ciliate epibionts. Epibionts were found in all lakes ...

  15. Effects of the "Amoco Cadiz" oil spill on zooplankton. A new possibility of ecophysiological survey

    Samain, J F; Moal, J.; Coum, A.; Le Coz, J.R.; Daniel, J. Y.

    1980-01-01

    A survey of zooplankton physiology on the northern coast of Brittany (France) was carried out over a one-year period by comparing two estuarine areas, one oil-polluted area (Aber Benoit) following the oil spill by the tanker "Amoco Cadiz" and one non-oil-polluted area (Rade de Brest). A new approach to an ecological survey was made by describing trophic relationships using analysis of digestive enzyme equipment (amylase and trypsin) of zooplankton organisms, mesoplankton populations and some ...

  16. The Distribution and Seasonality of Zooplankton in Sombreiro River, Niger Delta, Nigeria

    E.N. Ezekiel; E.N. Ogamba and J.F.N. Abowei

    2011-01-01

    The distribution and seasonality of zooplankton in Sombreiro River of the, Niger Delta area in Nigeria was studied for a period of two years (August, 2007-July, 2009). All the zooplankton species occurred in all the stations except Mysis sp that was not recorded in station 4 (Odiemudie). Also all the stations recorded seventeen species (17) each except station 4 (Odiemudie) that had sixteen (16) species. Five species of Cladocera occurred in all the stations and were fairly distributed. In st...

  17. Tidal and diel influence on zooplankton occurrence in the Mandovi estuary, Goa

    Selvakumar, R.A.; Goswami, S.C.; Goswami, U.

    1986-01-01

    Distribution and abundance of zooplankton over the tidal cycle were studied in the Mandovi estuary, Goa, during August and December 1971 and May 1972. Tide induced salinity fluctuations were obvious with high values during spring tides. Salinity was low during August, apparently due to precipitation and land run off but increased subsequently. The mean biomass values for the day and night collections were 13.6 and 19.8 ml/100 m super(3) respectively. Occurrence of most of the zooplankton taxa...

  18. Understanding the zooplankton ammonium excretion: from biogeochemical implications to intracellular regulatory mechanisms

    Fernández-Urruzola, Igor

    2016-01-01

    [EN] This thesis focuses on the zooplankton NH4+ regeneration that supports about the 80% of the phytoplankton requirements. In its more oceanographic facet, it elucidates the control that the mesozooplankton community exerts on the primary productivity in the northern Benguela, and models the N-fluxes from zooplankton NH4+ excretion. At the physiological level, it examines the relationship between the NH4+ excretion and its associated biochemistry. Assuming the substrate availability as the ...

  19. Distribution and Abundance of Gelatinous Zooplankton along Tamil Nadu Coastal Waters

    C. Prasanna Kumar; P. Sampath Kumar; G. Iyyapparajanarasimapallavan; K. C.A. Jalal; B.Y. Kamaruzzaman; B. Akbar John

    2013-01-01

    The distribution and abundance of the gelatinous zooplankton namely hydromedusae, scyphomedusae, siphonophore, ctenophore, salps, doliolids, appendicularians and chaetognaths were investigated in two seasons at seven stations in East Tamil Nadu coast, India. The occurrences of gelatinous zooplankton were observed to be more in summer than in winter. However, the composition of different species in each group varied from all the stations and seasons. Apart from the individual variation i...

  20. Zooplankton dynamics in a lowland river along temporal and spatial gradients

    Bertani, Isabella

    2012-01-01

    Studies on zooplankton ecology have traditionally dealt with lentic systems, while research on lotic assemblages has lagged far behind. It is especially in the last decades that riverine zooplankton has become the focus of an increasing number of investigations, showing that large lowland rivers often host extremely rich and abundant plankton communities. Surveys conducted in rivers all over the world highlighted the major role played by abiotic constraints in shaping the development of ri...

  1. Seasonal Variation of Zooplankton Population with Reference to Water Quality of Iril River in Imphal

    Thankhum Saron; Bijen Meitei

    2013-01-01

    The zooplankton population of Iril river of Imphal valley of Manipur was investigated with reference to water quality. The fish biodiversity potential of the river remain intake despite the sub-urban exposure of the river. Since plankton play a great food chain role for fish community, knowing the population of zooplankton as secondary resource is needed. Deterioration of water quality in urban area remain, in most cases, a basic feature. The present investigation endeavour to establish the ...

  2. Nonlinear Analysis in a Nutrient-Algae-Zooplankton System with Sinking of Algae

    Chuanjun Dai; Min Zhao

    2014-01-01

    A reaction-diffusion-advection model is proposed for the Zeya Reservoir to study interactions between algae and zooplankton, including the diffusive spread of algae and zooplankton and the sinking of algae. The model is investigated both with and without sinking. Conditions of Hopf and Turing bifurcation in the spatial domain are obtained, and conditions for differential-flow instability that gives rise to the formation of spatial patterns are derived. Using numerical simulation, the authors ...

  3. Responses of zooplankton to cane sugar additions to a small humic lake, Alinen Mustajrvi

    Ewane, Basil

    2010-01-01

    The response to projected increase in dissolved organic carbon (DOC) loading to boreal lakes is being studied in lake Alinen Mustajrvi, a small humic lake in southern Finland, where labile DOC concentration has been artificially increased during 2008 and 2009 by monthly additions of cane sugar. As part of this wider project, in this thesis the responses of the zooplankton community to cane sugar addition were studied. Zooplankton samples were collected monthly in the ice-free periods of 2007...

  4. Induced pigmentation in zooplankton: a trade-off between threats from predation and ultraviolet radiation

    Hansson, Lars-Anders

    2000-01-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is harmful to all life, and the ongoing depletion of the ozone layer is likely to affect interactions among both terrestrial and aquatic organisms. Some organisms have evolved adaptations to reduce radiation damage, such as the various types of protective pigmentation of freshwater zooplankton. However, strong pigmentation also increases vulnerability to visually hunting predators. Hence, where both UV radiation and predation are intense, zooplankton may be sandwich...

  5. Spatial and temporal variation in mercury bioaccumulation by zooplankton in Lake Champlain (North America)

    Chen, Celia; Kamman, Neil; Williams, Jason; Bugge, Deenie; Taylor, Vivien; Jackson, Brian; Miller, Eric

    2011-01-01

    Trophic transfer of Hg across lakes within a region has been related to multiple environmental factors, but the nature of these relationships across distinct basins within individual large lakes is unknown. We investigated Hg bioaccumulation in zooplankton in basins of differing trophic status in Lake Champlain (Vermont, USA) to determine the strongest predictors of Hg bioaccumulation. Zooplankton were sampled in Malletts Bay (oligotrophic) and Missisquoi Bay (eutrophic) in 2005–2008. Zooplan...

  6. Vertical migratory rhythms of benthic diatoms in a tropical intertidal sand flat: Influence of irradiance and tides

    Mitbavkar, S.; Anil, A.C.

    Vertical migratory behavior of benthic diatoms is one of the adaptive strategies employed for a life in intertidal habitats. Irradiance and tides are considered to be the key factors governing vertical migration. Experiments were carried out...

  7. Feeding and production of zooplankton in the Catalan Sea (NW Mediterranean)

    Saiz, Enric; Calbet, Albert; Atienza, Dacha; Alcaraz, Miquel

    2007-08-01

    Zooplankton are key components of the structure and functioning of marine planktonic food webs. They are the main link of planktonic primary production towards top pelagic consumer levels (fish), and play a relevant role on the nutrient recycling in the water column and on the export of particulate matter out of the photic zone. In this paper, we review the present knowledge on the feeding and production of zooplankton in the Catalan Sea (NW Mediterranean), with special emphasis on copepods. Feeding of zooplankton in the Catalan Sea appears typically food limited, with average daily rations on a yearly basis in the order of 48% body C d -1. Heterotrophic prey constitute a relevant fraction of their diet, as an alternative to the scarce phytoplankton in the area. From a structural point of view, the trophic impact and control of their prey populations are low on standing stocks but, at certain times, zooplankton can exert a meaningful effect on their prey production. Regarding zooplankton production, the available estimates of growth rates in the area are based on the egg production rate of copepods. Egg production rates appear to be limited, especially in summer. Tentative estimates of copepod production in the area are in the order of 20-40 mg C m -2 d -1. In conclusion, this review confirms that the oligotrophic character of the NW Mediterranean constrains the feeding activity and production of zooplankton.

  8. Effect of removal of free-floating macrophytes on zooplankton habitat in shallow wetland

    Choi Jong-Yun

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Submerged macrophytes improve the structural heterogeneity of microhabitats in aquatic ecosystems, often providing an important habitat for zooplankton. However, excessive development of free-floating macrophytes on the water surface can reduce the biomass of submerged macrophytes and result in a relatively simple habitat structure. We hypothesized that controlling the development of free-floating macrophytes would result in a more complex habitat structure by promoting the development of submerged macrophytes. After applying three experimental treatments (NR, no removal; IR, intermediate removal; CR, complete removal of free-floating macrophytes, we found that CR of free-floating macrophytes improved the growth and development of submerged macrophytes and supported a large zooplankton assemblage. However, the largest zooplankton assemblage (in terms of abundance and diversity was recorded after the IR treatment. Although submerged macrophytes were abundant in the CR treatment, the number, abundance, and density of zooplankton species were much lower than those in the IR treatment. Preferential selection of different macrophyte types by zooplankton presumably led to variation in plant utilization of niches, and the simultaneous presence of different macrophyte life forms created a complex microhabitat structure that induced high species diversity and zooplankton density.

  9. Zooplankton-based assessment of the trophic state of a tropical forest river in Nigeria

    Imoobe T.O.T.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we explore the usefulness of zooplankton as a tool for assessing the trophic status of a Nigerian forest river. The river was sampled monthly and investigated for water physico-chemistry and zooplankton community structure using basic statistical measurement of diversity indices to characterize the zooplankton fauna. The trophic sta­tus of the river evaluated from its physico-chemical parameters indicates that the river is oligotrophic. The zooplankton composition was typical of a tropical freshwater river, with a total of 40 species, made up of 16 rotifers, 12 cladocerans, and 12 copepods and their developing stages in the following order of dominance: Rotifera > Cladocera > Cyclopoida > Calanoida. There were strong correlations between the lake's trophic status and its zooplankton communities. The zoo­plankton community was dominated by numerous species of rotifers and crustaceans, which are typical of oligotrophic to mesotrophic systems, such species including Conochilus dossuarius and Synchaeta longipes. However, the most dominant zooplankton species in West African freshwater ecosystems, viz., Keratella tropica, Keratella quadrata, Brachionus angularis, Trichocerca pusilla, Filinia longiseta, Pompholyx sulcata, and Proales sp., and others that are indicator species of high trophic levels, were not recorded in the river. The river is very clear and can be used for all manner of recreational activities.

  10. FORMATION OF BACTERIAL AND ZOOPLANKTON COMPONENT OF NATURAL FOOD BASE UNDER EFFECT OF TRADITIONAL ORGANIC FERTILIZERS

    S. Krazhan

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. Characterization of bacteria and zooplankton in rearing ponds using traditional fertilizers: cattle manure and bird droppings in modern conditions for fish farming. Methodology. Material collection and processing were carried out according to conventional hydrochemical and hydrobiological methods. Findings. We consider forming of bacteria and zooplankton component of natural food base of Irkliiv herbivorous fish nursery rearing ponds under the influenced of traditional organic fertilizers such as bird droppings (0,12 t/ha and cattle manure (2,0 t/ha. Each pond was planted by ongrowing Nyvka carp larvae (40,0 thousand ind./ha with silver carp (1,0 thousand ind./ha and grass carp larvae (1,0 thousand ind./ha. Qualitative and quantitative development of bacteria and zooplankton in fish-breeding ponds was investigated. The results show that in the development of the studied invertebrate groups of zooplankton in production ponds had no significant differences, except for rotifers, which group prevailed by the biomass to 3,6 times in the pond with the introduction of humus. Originality. The parameters of bacteria and zooplankton by the application of traditional organic fertilizers at present fish farming are studied. Practical value. These quantitative indicators of bacteria and zooplankton of fish-rearing ponds with water supply from Kremenchug reservoir, the application of cattle manure and bird droppings could be offered as an optimum data at present fish production stage.

  11. Vertical distribution of phytoplankton functional groups in a tropical shallow lake: driving forces on a diel scale Distribuição vertical de grupos funcionais fitoplanctônicos em um lago tropical raso: forças direcionadoras em escala nictemeral

    Luciana Gomes Barbosa; Paulina Maria Maia Barbosa; Francisco Antonio Rodrigues Barbosa

    2011-01-01

    AIM: This study analyzed the vertical distribution of phytoplankton functional groups in two diel cycles in a warm monomictic shallow tropical lake; METHODS: Sampling of the abiotic variables, phytoplankton and zooplankton communities was performed at intervals of 3 hours over 24 hours in vertical profiles, in the stratification (February) and circulation (July) periods; RESULTS: The high thermal stability and the partial atelomixis favored the coexistence of functional groups that are sensit...

  12. The effects of power plant passage on zooplankton mortalities: Eight years of study at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant

    Zooplankton mortalities resulting from passage through the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant (southeastern Lake Michigan) were studied over an 8-year (1975-1982) period. The power plant operated at a low ?T (0C) and discharge water temperatures did not exceed 350C (except September 1978). While zooplankton mortalities were significantly greater in discharge than intake waters, differences were small, averaging <3%. There was no evidence of additional delayed effects on zooplankton mortality following plant passage. There was no relationship between zooplankton mortalities and temperature (?T, discharge water temperature). Mechanical stresses appeared to be the major cause of zooplankton mortality. The authors hypothesize that fish predation, rather than power plant operation, probably was the major source of zooplankton mortality in inshore waters during much of the year. (author)

  13. Zooplankton Responses In A Tropical System With Environmental Stress

    Nelson Javier Aranguren Riaño

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Processes of environmental transformation that currently occur in the climatic change context generate changes in ecosystems and biological communities. ¿How populations respond to these stressors? ¿what effects could occur on taxonomic and ecological diversity? The taxonomic composition and structure of the zooplankton was analyzed with relationship to environmental changes in a tropical water reservoir located at 6º02`18``N and 73º29`16`` W. During four months, samples were taken weekly covering stations of low, medium, and high precipitation. A high degree of temporal variability was established, it associated with a short hydraulic retention time estimated at 8 days.  Nine species were collected, of which Keratella tropica tropica and Thermocyclops decipiens were the two most abundant and constant species. Found values of H’ diversity and S richness were considered low, corresponding to a little mature community associated with a fluctuating physical environment and supported by high variation coefficients of electrical conductivity and Sechhi disk transparency. Drastic variations on the system volume in short time lapses generate important changes in the physical expression of system with a direct effect on composition and structure of the zooplankton. In general, the response model of the zooplankton in the reservoir according to the statement by the intermediate disturbance hypothesis.  RESPUESTAS DEL ZOOPLANCTON EN UN SISTEMA TROPICAL CON ALTA TENSIÓN AMBIENTAL Los procesos de transformación ambiental que se dan en la actualidad, en un marco de cambio climático, generan modificaciones en los ecosistemas y comunidades biológicas, ¿Cómo responden las poblaciones a estos factores de tensión? ¿Qué efectos se darían sobre la diversidad taxonómica y ecológica? Se analizó la variación de la composición taxonómica y estructura del zooplancton en función de los cambios ambientales en un reservorio tropical ubicado a 6º02`18``N y 73º29`16`` O.  Semanalmente se realizaron muestreos en la zona limnética del sistema durante cuatro meses que abarcaron los periodos seco, de transición y de alta precipitación. Se estableció un  alto grado de variabilidad temporal asociada al poco tiempo de retención hidráulica estimado en 8 días. Se registraron 9 especies, entre ellas Keratella tropica tropica y Thermocyclops decipiens  que fueron las más abundantes y constantes. Los valores de diversidad H´ y riqueza S hallados se consideran bajos, lo que corresponde a una comunidad poco madura vinculada a un ambiente físico fluctuante, evidenciado en los elevados coeficientes de variación de la conductividad eléctrica y la transparencia Secchi. La fluctuación del volumen del sistema en lapsos cortos de tiempo, genera cambios significativos en la expresión física del sistema con efecto directo sobre la composición y estructura del zooplancton.  En general el modelo de respuesta del zooplancton en este reservorio, se ajusta a los supuestos de la hipótesis de disturbio intermedio. 

  14. Vertical distributions of autumn spawned larval herring (Clupea harengus L.) in the North Sea

    Heath, M.; Brander, Keith; Munk, Peter; Rankine, P.

    1991-01-01

    Vertical distributions of autumn spawned herring larvae were sampled at 10 sites in the North Sea between October 1987 and March 1988 during the Autumn Circulation Experiment (ACE). Several different patterns of vertical migrations occurred. Diel variations in the vertical distributions were foun...

  15. Migration of birds

    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This report covers the migration of birds. Topics covered include why birds migrate, when birds migrate, speed, altitude, courses, distance, major flyways and...

  16. Neuronal Migration Disorders

    ... Enhancing Diversity Find People About NINDS NINDS Neuronal Migration Disorders Information Page Table of Contents (click to ... being done? Clinical Trials Organizations What are Neuronal Migration Disorders? Neuronal migration disorders (NMDs) are a group ...

  17. Biomass and estimated production properties of size-fractionated zooplankton in the Yellow Sea, China

    Huo, Yuanzi; Sun, Song; Zhang, Fang; Wang, Minxiao; Li, Chaolun; Yang, Bo

    2012-06-01

    The size-fractionated zooplankton biomass, taxonomic composition, and production calculated by formulas basing on Ikeda-Motoda's physiological methods were studied on the basis of samples taken from six cruises in the Yellow Sea. Zooplankton was size-fractionated using sieves into ~ 2 mm, 1-2 mm, 0.5-1 mm, 0.25-0.5 mm and 0.16-0.25 mm groups. The results showed that the average zooplankton biomass was 84.03 mg DM m- 3 in May, followed in order by September, June, March, August and December with 42.34, 38.36, 32.37, 27.17 and 21.83 mg DM m- 3, respectively. The contribution of ~ 2 mm, 1-2 mm, 0.5-1 mm, 0.25-0.5 mm and 0.16-0.25 mm groups to the total biomass was in the range of 15.2-27.4%, 13.2-29.4%, 14.7-18.2%, 15.8-22.6% and 16.3-34.2%, respectively, during the investigating period. The biomass of all size groups was all highest in May, and except that the biomass of 0.16-0.25 mm group was lowest in August, the biomass of other size groups was lowest in December. The dominant zooplankton species (or taxa) in each group were similar between six cruises. The estimated zooplankton production was highest in May with 1.97 mg C m- 3 d- 1, and was lowest in December with 0.51 mg C m- 3 d- 1, and was in the range of 0.67-1.44 mg C m- 3 d- 1 in other investigating months. The estimated annual zooplankton production was 0.37 g C m- 3 y- 1. The two smallest groups aggregately comprised 59-84% of the net-zooplankton production in the Yellow Sea. The geographical distribution of size-fractionated zooplankton biomass and production was significantly affected by the complex physical features of the Yellow Sea. When the Yellow Sea Cold Bottom Water appeared from June to September, the biomass and production of zooplankton larger than 1 mm were higher inside the cold water mass area than outside it, while the zooplankton smaller than 1 mm showed contrary results. The higher biomass and production of all zooplankton groups occurred in the southern part of the study area in December due to the intrusion of the Yellow Sea Warm Current. And in March, the higher zooplankton biomass and production, especially for small size zooplankton, occurred at the coastal waters resulting from complex physical properties. Results of the present paper showed the biomass and production properties of size-fractionated zooplankton, which is very important for "parameterization" of food web structure models of the Yellow Sea.

  18. Migration trends in Europe

    Wanner, Philippe

    2002-01-01

    In order to grasp the complexity of migration trends in Europe it is important, given the limitations of the available statistics, to look at the wider issue, breaking it down into four separate elements: 1. the migration flows affecting Council of Europe member states in recent decades, distinguishing between migration between member states and migration flows with other parts of the world; 2. the reasons for migration, with particular reference to illegal migration or asylum; 3. the socio-d...

  19. Zooplankton diversity across three Red Sea reefs using pyrosequencing

    Pearman, John K.

    2014-07-30

    Coral reefs are considered among the most diverse ecosystems on Earth, yet little is known about the diversity of plankton in the surrounding water column. Moreover, few studies have utilized genomic methods to investigate zooplankton diversity in any habitat. This study investigated the diversity of taxa by sampling 45 stations around three reef systems in the central/southern Red Sea. The diversity of metazoan plankton was investigated by targeting the 18S rRNA gene and clustering OTUs at 97% sequence similarity. A total of 754 and 854 metazoan OTUs were observed in the data set for the 1380F and 1389F primer sets respectively. The phylum Arthropoda dominated both primer sets accounting for ~60% of reads followed by Cnidaria (~20%). Only about 20% of OTUs were shared between all three reef systems and the relation between geographic distance and Jaccard Similarity measures was not significant. Cluster analysis showed that there was no distinct split between reefs and stations from different reefs clustered together both for metazoans as a whole and for the phyla Arthropoda, Cnidaria and Chordata separately. This suggests that distance may not be a determining factor in the taxonomic composition of stations.

  20. Parasitic chytrids sustain zooplankton growth during inedible algal bloom.

    Rasconi, Serena; Grami, Boutheina; Niquil, Nathalie; Jobard, Marlène; Sime-Ngando, Télesphore

    2014-01-01

    This study assesses the quantitative impact of parasitic chytrids on the planktonic food web of two contrasting freshwater lakes during different algal bloom situations. Carbon-based food web models were used to investigate the effects of chytrids during the spring diatom bloom in Lake Pavin (oligo-mesotrophic) and the autumn cyanobacteria bloom in Lake Aydat (eutrophic). Linear inverse modeling was employed to estimate undetermined flows in both lakes. The Monte Carlo Markov chain linear inverse modeling procedure provided estimates of the ranges of model-derived fluxes. Model results confirm recent theories on the impact of parasites on food web function through grazers and recyclers. During blooms of "inedible" algae (unexploited by planktonic herbivores), the epidemic growth of chytrids channeled 19-20% of the primary production in both lakes through the production of grazer exploitable zoospores. The parasitic throughput represented 50% and 57% of the zooplankton diet, respectively, in the oligo-mesotrophic and in the eutrophic lakes. Parasites also affected ecological network properties such as longer carbon path lengths and loop strength, and contributed to increase the stability of the aquatic food web, notably in the oligo-mesotrophic Lake Pavin. PMID:24904543

  1. Small zooplankton sensing their environment: feeding, mating, and predator avoidance

    Nihongi, Ai

    2004-03-01

    Since zooplankton play a significant role at the base of the food web in aquatic environments, it is important to understand their feeding behaviors, mating behaviors, and predator avoidance. First, I will present the water flow regime of Daphnia. Using a high-speed video, I filmed how water with algae particles enters and leaves Daphnia, how the water flows within Daphnia and how the appendages of Daphnia work to produce the water flow. Second, I will discuss mate-searching behaviors of freshwater calanoid copepods and Daphnia. Male and female zooplankters have to encounter each other for successful mating in 3D environment. I have observed the behaviors of freshwater calanoid copepods from Lake Michigan. As a result, they showed different behaviors from other species studied. Likewise, I have observed differences in mate-searching behaviors of D. pulex and D. magna. Last, I will show the results of predator-prey interactions in D. pulex with kairomone, a chemical cue, from predatory fish using 3-D near infrared optical system. As experimental conditions, we used the following treatments: (a) no light/ no kairomone, (b) no light/ kairomone, (c) light/ no kairomone, and (d) light/ kairomone. While it appears that light and kairomone have an interactive effect on the swimming behaviors of Daphnia, light seems to be the most influential factor. The observed frequent spinning movements of D. pulex in a darkened tank with a predatory fish, fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas), were successful predator avoidance maneuvers.

  2. Steryl chlorin esters are formed by zooplankton herbivory

    Harradine, Paul J.; Harris, Philip G.; Head, Robert N.; Harris, Roger P.; Maxwell, James R.

    1996-06-01

    Steryl chlorin esters (SCEs) were formed in laboratory feeding experiments when starved females of the copepod Calanus helgolandicus were allowed to graze on a culture of the diatom Thalassiosira weissflogii. They were found when the zooplankton had grazed for 48 hours and were also identified in fecal pellets subsequently left in seawater in the dark. The distribution contained the diatom sterols in approximately the same relative abundance as the free sterols in the substrate, as well as the most abundant copepod sterol, all esterified to the chlorophyll a degradation product, pyropheophorbide a. Hence, in studies aimed at using sedimentary SCE sterol distributions as indicators of phytoplankton community structure, cholesterol should not be considered since the cholesteryl ester of pyropheophorbide a was a significant component in the fecal pellet SCEs. The findings represent a step forward in unravelling the transformations undergone by chlorophyll a in aquatic environments, since the abundance and wide occurrence of sedimentary SCEs indicate that they are a significant preservational sink for the chlorophyll a biosynthesised in the photic zone.

  3. Characterization of intermittency in zooplankton behaviour in turbulence.

    Michalec, Franois-Gal; Schmitt, Franois G; Souissi, Sami; Holzner, Markus

    2015-10-01

    We consider Lagrangian velocity differences of zooplankters swimming in still water and in turbulence. Using cumulants, we quantify the intermittency properties of their motion recorded using three-dimensional particle tracking velocimetry. Copepods swimming in still water display an intermittent behaviour characterized by a high probability of small velocity increments, and by stretched exponential tails. Low values arise from their steady cruising behaviour while heavy tails result from frequent relocation jumps. In turbulence, we show that at short time scales, the intermittency signature of active copepods clearly differs from that of the underlying flow, and reflects the frequent relocation jumps displayed by these small animals. Despite these differences, we show that copepods swimming in still and turbulent flow belong to the same intermittency class that can be modelled by a log-stable model with non-analytical cumulant generating function. Intermittency in swimming behaviour and relocation jumps may enable copepods to display oriented, collective motion under strong hydrodynamic conditions and thus, may contribute to the formation of zooplankton patches in energetic environments. PMID:26490249

  4. Parasitic Chytrids sustain zooplankton growth during inedible algal bloom

    SerenaRasconi

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available This study assesses the quantitative impact of parasitic chytrids on the planktonic food web of two contrasting freshwater lakes during different algal bloom situations. Carbon-based food web models were used to investigate the effects of chytrids during the spring diatom bloom of Lake Pavin (oligo-mesotrophic and the autumn cyanobacteria bloom of Lake Aydat (eutrophic. Linear inverse modelling was employed to estimate undetermined flows in both lakes. The Monte Carlo Markov chain linear inverse modelling procedure provided estimates of the ranges of model-derived fluxes. Model results confirm recent theories on the probable impact of parasites on food web function as grazers and recyclers. During blooms of “inedible” algae (unexploited by planktonic herbivores, the epidemic growth of chytrids channelled 19-20% of the primary production in both lakes through the production of grazer-exploitable zoospores. The parasitic throughput represents 50 and 57% of the zooplankton diet respectively in the oligo-mesotrophic and in the eutrophic lakes. Parasites also affected ecological network properties as longer carbon path lengths and loop strength, and contributed to increase the stability of the aquatic food web, notably in the oligo-mesotrophic Lake Pavin.# The first two authors contributed equally to this work

  5. Zooplankton of an urban coastal lagoon: composition and association with environmental factors and summer fish kill

    Leonardo C. e Souza

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Zooplankton may be regarded as a sensitive tool for monitoring environmental variations in coastal lagoons due to their ability to immediately react to changes in the water column trophic features and salinity levels. As a coastal lagoon with a broad history of anthropic influence, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is widely used for water sports and artisanal fishing. The present study aimed to expand the knowledge base about zooplankton in the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon by assessing the composition and time-spatial distribution of the major zooplankton groups. Samples were collected fortnightly from at four distinct sampling points August 2001 to July 2002. At each point, salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen and water transparency were measured. During the study period, the lagoon behaved as an spatially homogeneous environment in what regards the abiotic variables. However, all these variables showed significant differences along the time, mainly related to seasonality (air temperature and rainy and dry periods. The zooplankton community showed low taxonomic richness, with the predominance of species commonly found in coastal lagoons, especially with mesohaline conditions, as well as those found in estuaries. An interesting fact was the rise in zooplankton abundance at all sampling points right after a fish kill event. Such increase was caused mainly by the Brachionus plicatilis O.F. Mller 1786 species. Thus, the zooplankton community was affected by physical and chemical factors, mainly by the dissolved oxygen decline event and variations in the influx of seawater into the lagoon. In addition, phytoplankton availability and fish predation pressure were suggested as important regulating factors of the zooplankton community.

  6. Seasonal Distribution of Zooplankton in Mahanadi Estuary (Odisha, East Coast of India: A Taxonomical Approach

    C. R. Panda

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Study of coastal and estuarine water is important as they act as a medium of exchange of materials between land and ocean. Mahanadi estuarine system forms the largest system of its kind in Odisha. Zooplankton, the secondary producers plays a vital role in the hydrobiology and food chain regulation. The zooplankton diversity of Mahanadi estuary (Odisha was investigated during postmonsoon (December 2009, premonsoon (April 2010 and monsoon (July 2010. Important hydrographical parameters such as water temperature, salinity, pH and dissolved oxygen, NO2 (nitrite, NO3 (nitrate, NH4 (ammonia, TN (total nitrogen, PO4 (phosphate, TP (total phosphorous and SiO4 (silicate were measured during the present study along with the study of the qualitative and quantitative aspects of zooplankton. Zooplankton population dominated by copepod at all the stations in all the seasons except during low tide of premonsoon season where caridean larvae were dominant. In total, 86 species of zooplankton, mostly belonging to Crustacea, Chaetognatha, Mollusca, Polychaeta, Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Protozoa, Larvacea among the holoplankton and 16 different types of larval forms were encountered. The population density ranged from 52 to 885 org. m-3 with highest density during high tide of post-monsoon i.e., 885 org. m-3. The copepods like Subeucalanus mucronatus, Subeucalanus subcrassus, Sapphirina maculosa, Sapphirina auronitens are recorded for the first time from marine and estuarine ecosystem of Odisha. Presence of 16 different crustacean dominated larval forms signifies the conduciveness of estuary during the whole period for breeding and spawning of shell fishes in the estuary. During the present study, zooplankton population density was positively related with zooplankton biomass.

  7. The geochemical role of phyto- and zooplankton in the extraction of chemical elements from water

    Chebotina, M. J.; Polyakov, E. V.; Guseva, V. P.; Khlebnikov, N. A.; Surikov, V. T.

    2011-08-01

    This paper provides for the first time comparative assessment of the contents of 70 chemical elements occurring in the aquatic environment in water, phytoplankton, and zooplankton. The assessment was made using modern highly sensitive methods. The studies were performed at Beloyarskoe Reservoir, a manmade freshwater lake situated in the Middle Urals that has been studied in detail. The chemical elements were ranked in groups differing in the accumulation coefficient (AC) values for the phyto- and zooplankton. The comparison revealed that for the vast majority of chemical elements, the AC values were higher in zooplankton (53, or 76%) than in phytoplankton (17, or 24%). The average AC values for zooplankton (˜740 000) exceeded that for phytoplankton (˜68 000) by more than 10 times. It was found that some elements had very high AC values in zooplankton compared to phytoplankton. For instance for Nb, the ratio ACzoo/ACphyto was 1 200 000; for B, Ta, Sn, Lu, U, 300 000-500 000; for Sb and Y, 100 000-130 000; for La and Nd, 80 000-85 000; for Mo, Cd, Pr, Gd, Dy, Sc, Se, Bi, 20 000-30 000; and for Pd, Hf, Sm, Sb, Er, As, 10 000-20 000. It is concluded that zooplankton is sometimes more suitable for the biogeochemical indication of the pollution of natural water bodies, because the AC values for most elements are much higher in zooplankton than in phytoplankton and the total plankton. Considering the high assimilability of microelements and radionuclides, the plankton may serve not only as an indication but also as the mean of regulated purification of waterbodies from these elements.

  8. Eutrophication and warming effects on long-term variation of zooplankton in Lake Biwa

    C. H. Hsieh

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available We compiled and analyzed long-term (19612005 zooplankton community data in response to environmental variations in Lake Biwa. Environmental data indicate that Lake Biwa had experienced eutrophication (according to the total phosphorus concentration in the late 1960s and recovered to a normal trophic status around 1985, and then has exhibited warming since 1990. Total zooplankton abundance showed a significant correlation with total phytoplankton biomass. Following a classic pattern, the cladoceran/calanoid and cyclopoid/calanoid abundance ratio was related positively to eutrophication. The zooplankton community exhibited a significant response to the boom and bust of phytoplankton biomass as a consequence of eutrophication-reoligotriphication and warming. Moreover, our analyses suggest that the Lake Biwa ecosystem exhibited a hierarchical response across trophic levels; that is, higher trophic levels may show a more delayed response or no response to eutrophication than lower ones.

    We tested the hypothesis that the phytoplankton community can better explain the variation of the zooplankton community than bulk environmental variables, considering that the phytoplankton community may directly affect the zooplankton succession through predator-prey interactions. Using a variance partition approach, however, we did not find strong evidence to support this hypothesis. We further aggregated zooplankton according to their feeding types (herbivorous, carnivorous, omnivorous, and parasitic and taxonomic groups, and analyzed the aggregated data. While the pattern remains similar, the results are less clear comparing the results based on finely resolved data. Our research suggests that zooplankton can be bio-indicators of environmental changes; however, the efficacy depends on data resolution.

  9. Eutrophication and warming effects on long-term variation of zooplankton in Lake Biwa

    C. H. Hsieh

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We compiled and analyzed long-term (19612005 zooplankton community data in response to environmental variations in Lake Biwa. Environmental data indicate that Lake Biwa had experienced eutrophication (according to total phosphorus concentration in the late 1960s and recovered to a normal trophic status around 1985, and then exhibited warming since 1990. Total zooplankton abundance showed a significant correlation with total phytoplankton biomass. Following a classic pattern, cladoceran/calanoid and cyclopoid/calanoid abundance ratio was related positively to eutrophication. Zooplankton community exhibited a significant response to the boom and bust of phytoplankton biomass as a consequence of eutrophication-reoligotriphication and warming. Moreover, our analyses suggest that the Lake Biwa ecosystem exhibited a hierarchical response across trophic levels; that is, higher trophic levels may show a more delayed response or no response to eutrophication than lower ones.

    We tested the hypothesis that phytoplankton community can better explain the variation of zooplankton community than bulk environmental variables, considering that phytoplankton community may directly affects zooplankton succession through predator-prey interactions. Using a variance partition approach, however, we did not find strong evidence to support this hypothesis. We further aggregate zooplankton according to their feeding types (herbivorous, carnivorous, omnivorous, and parasitic and taxonomic groups, and analyzed the aggregated data. While the pattern remains similar, the results are less clear comparing with the results based on finely resolved data. Our research explored the efficacy of using zooplankton as bio-indicators to environmental changes at various data resolutions.

  10. Environmental assessment of spatial distribution of zooplankton community in Lake Manzalah, Egypt

    Howaida Yehia ZAKARIA

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Lake Manzalah is the largest of the four Nile Delta lakes in Egypt. It provides more than 50% of the total inland fisheries of the country. During the last two decades the Lake has been exposed to multiple changes mainly due to local human activities. Monthly zooplankton samples were collected during an integrated environmental monitoring program within the MELMARINA Project that extended from July 2003 to September 2004 to study the distribution and occurrence of zooplankton community in Lake Manzalah. Results showed that, the average zooplankton standing crop was 1277 x 103 individuals m-3 . Spring was the most productive season (2127 x 103 individuals m-3 representing 41.65% to the total zooplankton counts. Five groups dominated zooplankton community; Rotifera, Copepoda, Ostracoda, Protozoa and Cladocera. The meroplanktonic larvae of Polychaeta, Cirripedia, Mysidacea and Gastropoda as well as free living nematods were rarely recorded. Rotifera contributed 81.89% to the total zooplankton community. They were represented by 38 species belonging to 19 genera dominated by genus Brachionus (86.65% of the total Rotifera followed by genus Keratella (8.68%. Keratella species has been indicated as an indicator of pollution. Copepoda (including their larval stages was the second group in order of abundance forming about 14.28% of the total zooplankton counts and represented by seven species. Acanthocyclops americanus was the dominant species. The productivity of Lake Manzalah decreased from 1979 to become highly eutrophic lake during the present study, but with higher production than the other Egyptian lakes. Management is needed to stabilize the Manzalah lake ecosystem in a way that promotes the sustainability of the system.

  11. Eutrophication and warming effects on long-term variation of zooplankton in Lake Biwa

    Hsieh, C. H.; Sakai, Y.; Ban, S.; Ishikawa, K.; Ishikawa, T.; Ichise, S.; Yamamura, N.; Kumagai, M.

    2011-05-01

    We compiled and analyzed long-term (1961-2005) zooplankton community data in response to environmental variations in Lake Biwa. Environmental data indicate that Lake Biwa had experienced eutrophication (according to the total phosphorus concentration) in the late 1960s and recovered to a normal trophic status around 1985, and then has exhibited warming since 1990. Total zooplankton abundance showed a significant correlation with total phytoplankton biomass. Following a classic pattern, the cladoceran/calanoid and cyclopoid/calanoid abundance ratio was related positively to eutrophication. The zooplankton community exhibited a significant response to the boom and bust of phytoplankton biomass as a consequence of eutrophication-reoligotriphication and warming. Moreover, our analyses suggest that the Lake Biwa ecosystem exhibited a hierarchical response across trophic levels; that is, higher trophic levels may show a more delayed response or no response to eutrophication than lower ones. We tested the hypothesis that the phytoplankton community can better explain the variation of the zooplankton community than bulk environmental variables, considering that the phytoplankton community may directly affect the zooplankton succession through predator-prey interactions. Using a variance partition approach, however, we did not find strong evidence to support this hypothesis. We further aggregated zooplankton according to their feeding types (herbivorous, carnivorous, omnivorous, and parasitic) and taxonomic groups, and analyzed the aggregated data. While the pattern remains similar, the results are less clear comparing the results based on finely resolved data. Our research suggests that zooplankton can be bio-indicators of environmental changes; however, the efficacy depends on data resolution.

  12. Migration of plutonium in soils

    The goal of their work was to assess the migration features of plutonium in various types of soils and to compile a tentative long-term forecasting of the plutonium travel from the point of its entry. For this purpose, experimentally obtained vertical profiles of the plutonium distribution in the soils of the USSR and several countries of the Northern hemisphere were analyzed for various times Δt, i.e., times which had passed between t0 of the beginning of migration and the data t of sampling. In research on the migration of global plutonium, years 1954, when the observation of the environmental contamination by this element was initiated, and 1963, which is characterized by the maximum of the plutonium arrival from the atmosphere through radioactive fallout, were taken as t0. The latter year was used in calculations for forecasting the 137Cs migration in soils. For the local technogenic contamination of soils, the time of the 137Cs arrival in the environment was taken as t0

  13. Vertical axis wind turbines

    Krivcov, Vladimir; Krivospitski, Vladimir; Maksimov, Vasili; Halstead, Richard; Grahov, Jurij

    2011-03-08

    A vertical axis wind turbine is described. The wind turbine can include a top ring, a middle ring and a lower ring, wherein a plurality of vertical airfoils are disposed between the rings. For example, three vertical airfoils can be attached between the upper ring and the middle ring. In addition, three more vertical airfoils can be attached between the lower ring and the middle ring. When wind contacts the vertically arranged airfoils the rings begin to spin. By connecting the rings to a center pole which spins an alternator, electricity can be generated from wind.

  14. Zooplankton and associated data from CTD casts from 05 May 1997 to 04 March 1998 as part of the Columbia River Land-Margin Ecosystem Research (NODC Accession 0000384)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce Zooplankton densities, zooplankton species identities, chlorophyll, transmissivity, and temperature data were collected from the ROBERT GORDON SPROUL, WECOMA, and...

  15. Vertical zonation and distributions of calanoid copepods through the lower oxycline of the Arabian Sea oxygen minimum zone

    Wishner, Karen F.; Gelfman, Celia; Gowing, Marcia M.; Outram, Dawn M.; Rapien, Mary; Williams, Rebecca L.

    2008-08-01

    This paper provides the first comprehensive analysis of calanoid copepod vertical zonation and community structure at midwater depths (300-1000 m) through the lower oxygen gradient (oxycline) (0.02 to ∼0.3 ml/L) of an oxygen minimum zone (OMZ). Feeding ecology was also analyzed. Zooplankton were collected with a double 1 m 2 MOCNESS plankton net in day and night vertically-stratified oblique tows from 1000 m to the surface at six stations during four seasons as part of the 1995 US Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS) Arabian Sea project. The geographic comparison between a eutrophic more oxygenated onshore station and an offshore station with a strong OMZ served as a natural experiment to elucidate the influence of depth, oxygen concentration, season, food resources, and predators on the copepod distributions. Copepod species and species assemblages of the Arabian Sea OMZ differed in their spatial and vertical distributions relative to environmental and ecological characteristics of the water column and region. The extent and intensity of the oxycline at the lower boundary of the OMZ, and its spatial and temporal variability over the year of sampling, was an important factor affecting distributional patterns. Calanoid copepod species showed vertical zonation through the lower OMZ oxycline. Clustering analyses defined sample groups with similar copepod assemblages and species groups with similar distributions. No apparent diel vertical migration for either calanoid or non-calanoid copepods at these midwater depths was observed, but some species had age-related differences in vertical distributions. Subzones of the OMZ, termed the OMZ Core, the Lower Oxycline, and the Sub-Oxycline, had different copepod communities and ecological interactions. Major distributional and ecological changes were associated with surprisingly small oxygen gradients at low oxygen concentrations. The calanoid copepod community was most diverse in the most oxygenated environments (oxygen >0.14 ml/L), but the rank order of abundance of species was similar in the Lower Oxycline and Sub-Oxycline. Some species were absent or much scarcer in the OMZ Core. Two copepod species common in the Lower Oxycline were primarily detritivorous but showed dietary differences suggesting feeding specialization. The copepod Spinocalanus antarcticus fed primarily on components of the vertical particulate flux and suspended material, a less versatile diet than the co-occurring copepod Lucicutia grandis. Vertical zonation of copepod species through the lower OMZ oxycline is probably a complex interplay between physiological limitation by low oxygen, potential predator control, and potential food resources. Pelagic OMZ and oxycline communities, and their ecological interactions in the water column and with the benthos, may become even more widespread and significant in the future ocean, if global warming increases the extent and intensity of OMZs as predicted.

  16. Zooplankton characterisation of Pampean saline shallow lakes, habitat of the Andean flamingoes

    Yamila S. Battauz

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The lowland saline shallow lakes in the Pampa de las Lagunas (Argentina, constitute an important habitat for flamingoes Phoenicopterus chilensis Molina and Phoenicoparrus andinus (Philippii. Little is known about the zooplankton communities of these systems, and their relationships with the temporal and spatial distribution of flamingoes. Ten shallow lakes in the Pampean region were studied in 2009 and 2010 winters, and in 2010 summer in order to assess the abundance, size and biomass of zooplankton and the density of flamingoes populations. Zooplankton was represented by 28 species. Copepods and cladocerans were dominant when salinity was lower (winter and summer of 2010. Seasonal changes were recorded in composition and mean abundance of zooplankton. Significant differences were observed in mean size of zooplankton showing a negative relationship with the abundance of P. chilensis, which can be interpreted as a consequence of the selective flamingoes zooplanktophagy feeding upon the largest members of this community. Other community parameters, such as abundance, biomass, diversity and composition, did not show an apparent direct relationship with the presence or abundance of flamingoes.

  17. Combined effect of predatory zooplankton and allelopathic aquatic macrophytes on algal suppression.

    Zuo, Shengpeng; Wan, Kun; Ma, Sumin

    2015-01-01

    The present study evaluated the combined effects of four typical predatory zooplankton and allelopathic aquatic macrophytes on algal control in a microcosm system. It would determine the effects of diverse species and biological restoration on the growth of harmful water-bloom microalgae in great lakes polluted by excess nutrients. It was found that the mixtures of each zooplankton and the floating plant Nymphoides peltatum had stronger inhibitory effects on harmful water-bloom microalgae than the individual species in clean or eutrophic water bodies. In addition, a community of four zooplankton types had a synergistic effect on algal inhibition. Algal suppression by the zooplankton community was enhanced significantly when the macrophyte was co-cultured in the microcosm. Furthermore, Chlorella pyrenoidosa was more susceptible than Microcystis aeruginosa when exposed to grazing by zooplankton and the allelopathic potential of the macrophyte. Algal inhibition was also weaker in eutrophic conditions compared with the control. These findings indicate that diverse species may enhance algal inhibition. Therefore, it is necessary to restore biological diversity and rebuild an ecologically balanced food chain or web to facilitate the control of harmful algal blooms in eutrophic lakes. PMID:25409583

  18. Zooplankton Atlas of the Southern Ocean: The SCAR SO-CPR Survey (1991-2008)

    McLeod, David J.; Hosie, Graham W.; Kitchener, John A.; Takahashi, Kunio T.; Hunt, Brian P. V.

    2010-08-01

    The SCAR Southern Ocean Continuous Plankton Recorder (SO-CPR) Survey produces one of the largest and most accessed zooplankton data sets in the world. These data serve as a reference for other Southern Ocean monitoring programmes such as those run by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and the developing Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS). It has been instrumental in providing baseline data on zooplankton composition, communities, and distribution patterns on the ocean basin scale. The SO-CPR Survey is publishing the first detailed geographical atlas of the near-surface Southern Ocean zooplankton. This atlas is based on 22,553 CPR samples collected from 1991 to 2008 from voyages operated by Australia, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, USA and Russia. The Atlas documents the distribution and abundance of the 50 most abundant zooplankton taxa amongst the 200+ taxa sampled. The maps are printed in alphabetical order of the genera within each taxon and nomenclature is based on the Register of Antarctic Marine Species (RAMS) developed by the SCAR Marine Biodiversity Information Network (SCAR-MarBIN). The SO-CPR Atlas will operate as a ready reference to researchers interested in the distribution of zooplankton in the Southern Ocean, for example knowing the distribution of grazers in relation to phytoplankton production or the availability of prey for higher predators.

  19. Variability of zooplankton communities at Condor seamount and surrounding areas, Azores (NE Atlantic)

    Carmo, Vanda; Santos, Mariana; Menezes, Gui M.; Loureiro, Clara M.; Lambardi, Paolo; Martins, Ana

    2013-12-01

    Seamounts are common topographic features around the Azores archipelago (NE Atlantic). Recently there has been increasing research effort devoted to the ecology of these ecosystems. In the Azores, the mesozooplankon is poorly studied, particularly in relation to these seafloor elevations. In this study, zooplankton communities in the Condor seamount area (Azores) were investigated during March, July and September 2010. Samples were taken during both day and night with a Bongo net of 200 m mesh that towed obliquely within the first 100 m of the water column. Total abundance, biomass and chlorophyll a concentrations did not vary with sampling site or within the diel cycle but significant seasonal variation was observed. Moreover, zooplankton community composition showed the same strong seasonal pattern regardless of spatial or daily variability. Despite seasonal differences, the zooplankton community structure remained similar for the duration of this study. Seasonal variability better explained our results than mesoscale spatial variability. Spatial homogeneity is probably related with island proximity and local dynamics over Condor seamount. Zooplankton literature for the region is sparse, therefore a short review of the most important zooplankton studies from the Azores is also presented.

  20. Dynamics of zooplankton community of Lake Tarasmozero in long-term anthropogenic pollution

    Kuchko Yaroslav Alexandrovich

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available In the article the results of zooplankton studies in Lake Tarasmozero (Lizhma river basin are presented. Wastes from the trout-breeding complex "Kedrozero" have been collected in this pond since 1992. The obtained data showed that from 1989 to 2012 a number of changes in zooplankton community take place and it is the evidence of the gradual increase in the trophic status of the reservoir. The average biomass of zooplankton increased from 500 to 1000 mg/m3. According to the trophic index (Myaemets, 1979, Tarasmozero is replaced into the category of mesotrophic water reservoirs (0.5 - 1.0. Saprobity index raised from 0.95 to 1.42. In the composition of the zooplankton there noted such species, as Polyarthra luminosa, Filinia longiseta, Trichocerca insignis, Daphnia longispina, Cyclops kolensis, which serve as indicators of increased trophic level in the conditions of moderate latitudes. After the trout farm started off, Bcrus/Brot indicator considerably decreased indicating to increasing role of rotifers in the formation of the total biomass of the zooplankton. Currently, the dominant species include D. longispina, Bosmina longirostris, Mesocyclops leuckarti, Asplanchna priodonta. In spite of the fact that the current changes are not catastrophic, it is reasonable to monitor regularly the initial links of the trophic chain of the reservoir ecosystem

  1. Sound scattering by several zooplankton groups. II. Scattering models.

    Stanton, T K; Chu, D; Wiebe, P H

    1998-01-01

    Mathematical scattering models are derived and compared with data from zooplankton from several gross anatomical groups--fluidlike, elastic shelled, and gas bearing. The models are based upon the acoustically inferred boundary conditions determined from laboratory backscattering data presented in part I of this series [Stanton et al., J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 103, 225-235 (1998)]. The models use a combination of ray theory, modal-series solution, and distorted wave Born approximation (DWBA). The formulations, which are inherently approximate, are designed to include only the dominant scattering mechanisms as determined from the experiments. The models for the fluidlike animals (euphausiids in this case) ranged from the simplest case involving two rays, which could qualitatively describe the structure of target strength versus frequency for single pings, to the most complex case involving a rough inhomogeneous asymmetrically tapered bent cylinder using the DWBA-based formulation which could predict echo levels over all angles of incidence (including the difficult region of end-on incidence). The model for the elastic shelled body (gastropods in this case) involved development of an analytical model which takes into account irregularities and discontinuities of the shell. The model for gas-bearing animals (siphonophores) is a hybrid model which is composed of the summation of the exact solution to the gas sphere and the approximate DWBA-based formulation for arbitrarily shaped fluidlike bodies. There is also a simplified ray-based model for the siphonophore. The models are applied to data involving single pings, ping-to-ping variability, and echoes averaged over many pings. There is reasonable qualitative agreement between the predictions and single ping data, and reasonable quantitative agreement between the predictions and variability and averages of echo data. PMID:9440326

  2. Enhancement of anammox by the excretion of diel vertical migrators

    Bianchi, Daniele; Babbin, Andrew R.; Galbraith, Eric D.

    2014-01-01

    Nitrogen, the limiting nutrient for primary production across much of the ocean, is converted to biologically inactive N2 by denitrification and anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) in anoxic waters. Anammox requires an active source of ammonium, which can be provided by concurrent denitrification. However, anammox has been observed at high rates in the absence of denitrification, and the source of ammonium has remained cryptic. Using a combination of observations and models, we suggest tha...

  3. Diel vertical migration arising in a habitat selection game

    Sainmont, Julie; Thygesen, Uffe Høgsbro; Visser, Andre

    2013-01-01

    , avoiding their predator during their peak performance by finding refuge in deep layers during daylight hours and feeding at the surface during the night. Due to the duality of the interaction between prey and predator, we used a game theory approach to investigate whether DVM can be a suitable strategy for...

  4. Inter-annual variability of a zooplankton community: the importance of summer concentrated rainfall in a regulated river ecosystem

    Jong-Yun Choi

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available We monitored the zooplankton community dynamics of a regulated river system (the Nakdong River in South Korea,in an effort to characterize the relationship between basin rainfall quantity and changes in zooplankton communitystructure. The river studied herein has four multipurpose dams upstream and one estuarine barrage at the river mouth,resulting in intensive flow regulation. We hypothesized that flow regulation would effect zooplankton community structurechanges not only within the summer period of concentrated rainfall, but also during the subsequent seasons. Fieldmonitoring was conducted on a weekly basis (1999 to 2009 at the study site (27 km upstream from the estuary dam.The studied years were divided into two groups: rainy years with annual rainfall greater than total average annual rainfall,and dry years (years with lower than average annual rainfall. The zooplankton community data was also dividedinto two groups according to year and community structural characteristics. The summer density of zooplankton waslow during the summer concentrated rainfall period. In the autumn, zooplankton density was statistically related toriver flow (r2 = 0.30, P < 0.05, N = 11, which was affected by the summer concentrated rainfall (r2 = 0.31, P < 0.05, N = 11.Furthermore, autumn zooplankton density was positively related to that observed in the summer (r2 = 0.53, P < 0.05, N= 11. Therefore, it can be concluded that summer concentrated rainfall can affect the following seasons’ zooplanktondensities caused by dam flow control, and the potential growth rate of zooplankton

  5. Hydrography and zooplankton off the central Oregon coast during the 1997-1998 El Nino event

    Peterson, W.T.; Emmett, B.; Jacobson, K. [NOAA, NMFS, NWFSC, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, OR (United States); Schiewe, M.; Casillas, E. [NOAA, NWFSC Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA (United States)

    1998-12-31

    Hydrography and zooplankton were monitored at several ocean stations off the coast of Oregon to compare 1997 ocean conditions with conditions observed in the 1970s. It was shown that in the early spring of 1997, the Oregon upwelling zone began in a normal fashion and was followed by an increase in zooplankton production. In May, zooplankton numbers declined and continued to do so throughout the summer. The study, which also included sea surface temperature monitoring, showed that the sea surface temperature on the shelf was warmer by one degree than previous El Nino events. It was suggested that the warming in 1997 was due to onshore advection of warm offshore waters. The issue of how atmospheric pressure patterns and equatorial events influence coastal upwelling off the coast of Oregon was also explored. 1 tab., 3 figs.

  6. Metal and proton toxicity to lake zooplankton: A chemical speciation based modelling approach

    The WHAM-FTOX model quantifies the combined toxic effects of protons and metal cations towards aquatic organisms through the toxicity function (FTOX), a linear combination of the products of organism-bound cation and a toxic potency coefficient for each cation. We describe the application of the model to predict an observable ecological field variable, species richness of pelagic lake crustacean zooplankton, studied with respect to either acidification or the impacts of metals from smelters. The fitted results give toxic potencies increasing in the order H+ TOX to relate combined toxic effects of protons and metal cations towards lake crustacean zooplankton. • The fitted results give toxic potencies increasing in the order H+ TOX model has been applied to field data for pelagic lake crustacean zooplankton. The fitted results give metal toxic potencies increasing in the order H+ < Al < Cu < Zn < Ni

  7. Zooplankton composition in five oxbow lakes from the Upper Juruá River, Acre State, Brazil

    Maria José Alencar dos Santos

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This work was conducted in five oxbow lakes located between Cruzeiro do Sul and Rodrigues Alves counties (Acre State, Brazil, to provide additional information about the composition of zooplankton assemblages in the Upper Juruá River. Samples were collected from May 2009 to May 2010, and fixed with 4% formalina. The numeric density (ind.m -3 was obtained from subsequent sub-samples (1 mL. The study recorded 19 zooplankton families. Rotifers showed higher species richness (81 species, followed by cladocerans (3 species and various forms of copepods and other organisms. Higher zooplankton means of numeric density was found in Novo Lake, with rotifers (1879 ind.m -3, cladocerans (207 ind.m -3, copepods (870 ind.m -3 . Diversity and numeric density were similar to other Neotropical aquatic ecosystems.

  8. Major and trace elements in zooplankton from the Northern Gulf of California during summer.

    Rentera-Cano, Margarita Elena; Snchez-Velasco, Laura; Shumilin, Evgueni; Lavn, Miguel F; Gmez-Gutirrez, Jaime

    2011-09-01

    We report the distribution of major and trace element concentrations in epipelagic zooplankton collected in the Northern Gulf of California in August 2003. The Bray-Curtis index defined three element assemblages in zooplankton: (1) major metals, which included only two elements, Na (3.6-17.0%) and Ca (1.0-4.8%). Na had its highest concentrations in the shallow tidally mixed Upper Gulf, where high salinity, temperature, and zooplankton biomass (dominated by copepods) prevailed. Ca showed its highest concentrations south of Ballenas Channel, characterized by tidal mixing and convergence-induced upwelling, indicated by low sea-surface temperature, salinity, and zooplankton biomass; (2) Six biological essential elements, like Fe (80-9,100mgkg(-1)) and Zn (20-2,570mgkg(-1)), were detected in high concentrations in zooplankton collected near Guaymas Basin, which had high surface temperature and chlorophyll a concentrations. (3) Metals of terrigenous origin, such as Sc (0.01-1.4mgkg(-1)) and Th (0.03-2.3mgkg(-1)), and redox-sensitive metals, like Co (3-23.8mgkg(-1)); this was the assemblage with the largest number of elements (15). Both types of elements of assemblage 3 had maximum concentrations in the cyclonic eddy that dominates the summer circulation in the Northern region. We concluded that sediment resuspension by tidal mixing in the Upper Gulf, upwelling south of Ballenas Channel, and the cyclonic eddy were key oceanographic features that affected the element concentrations of epipelagic zooplankton in the Northern Gulf of California. Oceanographic mechanisms such as these may contribute to element incorporation in marine organisms in other seas. PMID:20820942

  9. Stable isotope methods: The effect of gut contents on isotopic ratios of zooplankton

    Hill, J. M.; McQuaid, C. D.

    2011-05-01

    In the past decade there has been an increased awareness of the potential for methodological bias resulting from multiple pre-analytical procedures in foodweb interpretations based on stable isotope techniques. In the case of small organisms, this includes the effect of gut contents on whole body signatures. Although gut contents may not reflect actual assimilation, their carbon and nitrogen values will be isotopically lighter than after the same material has been assimilated. The potential skewing of isotopic ratios in whole organism samples is especially important for aquatic environments as many studies involve trophic relationships among small zooplankton. This is particularly important in pelagic waters, where herbivorous zooplankton comprise small taxa. Hence this study investigated the effect of gut contents on the ?13C and ?15N ratios of three size classes of zooplankton (1.0-2.0, 2.0-4.0 and >4.0 mm) collected using bongo net tows in the tropical waters of the south-west Indian Ocean. Animals were collected at night, when they were likely to be feeding, sieved into size classes and separated into genera. We focused on Euphausia spp which dominated zooplankton biomass. Three treatment types were processed: bulk animals, bulk animals without guts and tail muscle from each size class at 10 bongo stations. The ?15N ratios were influenced by zooplankton size class, presumably reflecting ontogenetic changes in diet. ANOVA post hoc results and correlations in ?15N signatures among treatments suggest that gut contents may not affect overall nitrogen signatures of Euphausia spp., but that ?13C signatures may be significantly altered by their presence. Carbon interpretations however, were complicated by potential effects of variation in chitin, lipids and metabolism among tissues and the possibility of opportunistic omnivory. Consequently we advocate gut evacuation before sacrifice in euphausiids if specific tissue dissection is impractical and recommend caution when using isotopic ratios of whole body zooplankton for trophic interpretations.

  10. Carbon intake by zooplankton. Importance and role of zooplankton grazing in the Indian sector of the Southern Ocean

    Mayzaud, P.; Tirelli, V.; Errhif, A.; Labat, J. P.; Razouls, S.; Perissinotto, R.

    Ingestion by mesozooplankton and micronekton was monitored during two of the ANTARES cruises in the Indian sector of the Southern Ocean in spring and summer. The composition of the mesozooplankton populations varied in space and with season. Copepods always dominated in number and biomass, but salps and pteropods were present in the northern part of the transect in summer. Five species of large copepod ( Calanus simillimus, Calanoides acutus, Rhincalanus gigas, Calanus propinquus and Metridia gerlachei) dominated the biomass with a North-South gradient. Smaller species ( Oithona spp., Ctenocalanus citer, Clausocalanus laticeps) were also present. Biomass showed a definite trend with highest levels towards the polar front zone and permanent open-ocean area. Feeding activity was monitored either for the total population (summer) or specific individuals (spring). In summer, depending on the area considered, grazing rates by mesozooplankton appeared to have a significant impact on phytoplankton primary production. In the northern part of the transect (polar front zone or PFZ), salps and to a minor extent pteropods and copepods contributed mostly to the feeding pressure. Maximum intensity was observed in the Coastal Antarctic Zone (CCSZ) where Euphausia superba (adults and calyptopis larvae) could ingest more than 100% of the daily primary production. In spring, the impact of copepods dominated the zooplankton community. Small calanoids and young stages of large species of copepods rather than adult stages were the dominant contributors to grazing pressure. In summer, respiration rates of the dominant copepod species showed that energy expenditure exceeded by far chlorophyll ingestion. This is generally interpreted as the consequence of ingestion of alternate non-chlorophyll food source. The inverse correlation between the biomass of microzooplankton and the area of maximum difference between grazing and respiration confirmed that in summer the protozoans are strongly controlled by the copepod community.

  11. List of Zooplankton Taxa in the Caspian Sea Waters of Iran

    Siamak Bagheri; Jalil Sabkara; Alireza Mirzajani; Seyed Hojat Khodaparast; Esmaeil Yosefzad; Foong Swee Yeok

    2013-01-01

    A total of 61 zooplankton taxa were found in the southwestern Caspian Sea between 1996 and 2010. Thirteen of them were meroplankton taxa and forty-eight were holoplankton taxa. The occurrence of 14 freshwater taxa indicated the influence of the Anzali wetland and river inflows. The decrease in zooplankton taxa was detected since 1996-1997 and continued till 2010. Pleopis polyphemoides, the only one out of the nine recorded Cladocera species in 1996-1997, was found after 2001. Similarly, of th...

  12. Evaluation of sound extinction and echo interference in densely aggregated zooplankton

    Natalia Gorska

    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available The investigation of sound extinction and echo interference is important as regards the accurate assessment of the abundance of densely aggregated zooplankton. To study these effects,the analytical model describing sound backscattering by an aggregation of isotropic scatterers (Rytov et al. 1978, Sun & Gimenez 1992 has been extended to the case of densely aggregated elongated zooplankton. The evaluation of the effects in the case of a dense krill aggregation demonstrates that they can be significant and should be taken into account.

  13. Downward particle flux and carbon export in the Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean; the role of zooplankton

    Miquel, J.-C.; Gasser, B.; Martín, J.; Marec, C.; Babin, M.; Fortier, L.; Forest, A.

    2015-08-01

    As part of the international, multidisciplinary project Malina, downward particle fluxes were investigated by means of a drifting multi-sediment trap mooring deployed at three sites in the Canadian Beaufort Sea in late summer 2009. Mooring deployments lasted between 28 and 50 h and targeted the shelf-break and the slope along the Beaufort-Mackenzie continental margin, as well as the edge between the Mackenzie Shelf and the Amundsen Gulf. Besides analyses of C and N, the collected material was investigated for pigments, phyto- and microzooplankton, faecal pellets and swimmers. The measured fluxes were relatively low, in the range of 11-54 mg m-2 d-1 for the total mass, 1-15 mg C m-2 d-1 for organic carbon and 0.2-2.5 mg N m-2 d-1 for nitrogen. Comparison with a long-term trap data set from the same sampling area showed that the short-term measurements were at the lower end of the high variability characterizing a rather high flux regime during the study period. The sinking material consisted of aggregates and particles that were characterized by the presence of hetero- and autotrophic microzooplankters and diatoms and by the corresponding pigment signatures. Faecal pellets contribution to sinking carbon flux was important, especially at depths below 100 m, where they represented up to 25 % of the total carbon flux. The vertical distribution of different morphotypes of pellets showed a marked pattern with cylindrical faeces (produced by calanoid copepods) present mainly within the euphotic zone, whereas elliptical pellets (produced mainly by smaller copepods) were more abundant at mesopelagic depths. These features, together with the density of matter within the pellets, highlighted the role of the zooplankton community in the transformation of carbon issued from the primary production and the transition of that carbon from the productive surface zone to the Arctic Ocean's interior. Our data indicate that sinking carbon flux in this late summer period is primarily the result of a heterotrophic-driven ecosystem.

  14. Current status of zooplankton in reservoir R-3 of the 'Mayak' production association

    Osipova, O.; Pryakhin, E. [Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine - URCRM (Russian Federation); Ivanov, I. [FSUE Mayak PA (Russian Federation)

    2014-07-01

    One of the commonly used objects for the study of human influence on aquatic ecosystems is zooplankton. Zooplankton community is a sensitive component of biota in reservoir which can change their functional parameters and species composition in response to exposure to different factors. The role of zooplankton in the transformation of energy and in the biotic cycling of the substance is very important. The study of the responses of this element in the water ecosystem with anthropogenic influences, including radioactive contamination, is an important task. The object of the study was the zooplankton in the reservoir R-3, Chelyabinsk region, Russia. R-3 is located in the buffer zone of the 'Mayak' PA and is the storage for low-level radioactive waste. In addition to the high content of radionuclides (the average specific activity of {sup 90}Sr in water was 2.8 kBq/l, {sup 137}Cs - 0.7 kBq/l), this reservoir is characterized by high values of dichromate oxidizability and phosphate contamination. Previously, the study of the zooplankton of this reservoir was conducted in 1952, regular observations were not organized. Assessment of the current status of the community, more than half a century residing in the conditions of radioactive and chemical contamination, seems highly interesting. Sampling was carried out in 2011-2012 at three stations: in the upper, middle, and near the dam of the reservoir by the method of weighted average of samples with bathometer. Analysis of samples showed that the zooplankton community consists of the following major groups: rotifers and cladocerans and copepods crustaceans. In total in R-3 27 species of zooplankton, including 19 species of rotifers, 3 species of copepod and 3 species of cladocerans, as well as two species of ciliates were discovered. Zooplankton abundance in 2011 was 9±9 million individuals/m{sup 3} (given the mean and standard deviation), in 2012 - 26.0±0.9 million individuals/m{sup 3}. The main contribution was that of rotifers: 88.5 % of the total number of zooplankton organisms in 2011 and 97.5 % - in 2012. In general, the studied community is characterized by a high degree of heterogeneity of the structure without overwhelming dominance of one species. When compared with data obtained in 1952 by team headed by A.N. Marey, it could be said that the crustacean species has almost completely disappeared from zooplankton community along with the increase in the total abundance of planktonic animals which is two or three orders of magnitude higher due to the development of rotifers. These changes are characteristic of eutrophication processes that obviously play an important role in shaping the modern image of the zooplankton community in the reservoir R-3. Further investigation is required to determine the stability of the changes and clarify the role of radiation and chemical factors in these processes. Document available in abstract form only. (authors)

  15. Current status of zooplankton in reservoir R-3 of the 'Mayak' production association

    One of the commonly used objects for the study of human influence on aquatic ecosystems is zooplankton. Zooplankton community is a sensitive component of biota in reservoir which can change their functional parameters and species composition in response to exposure to different factors. The role of zooplankton in the transformation of energy and in the biotic cycling of the substance is very important. The study of the responses of this element in the water ecosystem with anthropogenic influences, including radioactive contamination, is an important task. The object of the study was the zooplankton in the reservoir R-3, Chelyabinsk region, Russia. R-3 is located in the buffer zone of the 'Mayak' PA and is the storage for low-level radioactive waste. In addition to the high content of radionuclides (the average specific activity of 90Sr in water was 2.8 kBq/l, 137Cs - 0.7 kBq/l), this reservoir is characterized by high values of dichromate oxidizability and phosphate contamination. Previously, the study of the zooplankton of this reservoir was conducted in 1952, regular observations were not organized. Assessment of the current status of the community, more than half a century residing in the conditions of radioactive and chemical contamination, seems highly interesting. Sampling was carried out in 2011-2012 at three stations: in the upper, middle, and near the dam of the reservoir by the method of weighted average of samples with bathometer. Analysis of samples showed that the zooplankton community consists of the following major groups: rotifers and cladocerans and copepods crustaceans. In total in R-3 27 species of zooplankton, including 19 species of rotifers, 3 species of copepod and 3 species of cladocerans, as well as two species of ciliates were discovered. Zooplankton abundance in 2011 was 9±9 million individuals/m3 (given the mean and standard deviation), in 2012 - 26.0±0.9 million individuals/m3. The main contribution was that of rotifers: 88.5 % of the total number of zooplankton organisms in 2011 and 97.5 % - in 2012. In general, the studied community is characterized by a high degree of heterogeneity of the structure without overwhelming dominance of one species. When compared with data obtained in 1952 by team headed by A.N. Marey, it could be said that the crustacean species has almost completely disappeared from zooplankton community along with the increase in the total abundance of planktonic animals which is two or three orders of magnitude higher due to the development of rotifers. These changes are characteristic of eutrophication processes that obviously play an important role in shaping the modern image of the zooplankton community in the reservoir R-3. Further investigation is required to determine the stability of the changes and clarify the role of radiation and chemical factors in these processes. Document available in abstract form only. (authors)

  16. The Vertical Distribution of Zooplankton at Ocean Station "P" in June-July, 1971 (NODC Accession 7500631)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The report contains the data gathered at Ocean Station "P" in late June and early July of 1971 on the "SUBARCTIC-A" cruise of R/V YAQUINA. The data include: 1)...

  17. Horizontal and vertical dynamics of zooplankton and larval fish communities during mid-summer in Disko Bay, West Greenland

    Munk, Peter; Nielsen, Torkel Gissel; Hansen, Benni Winding

    2015-01-01

    Disko Bay is a highly productive inlet at the border between high- and low-arctic sectors of west Greenland. The physical/chemical conditions in the bay have changed during recent decades, specifically during an inflow event in 1996–1997 that led to increased deep-water temperatures. To further...... understand the consequences of physical changes to the plankton community in the bay, we examine findings from a field study on mesozooplankton and fish larvae in the areas of Disko Bay and Disko Bank carried out in 1997. We sampled 31 stations over 5 days along four transects and assessed horizontal and...... the area. Thus, changes in physical characteristics of the bay could threaten the resilience of its ecosystem....

  18. Heavy metals and zooplankton with special reference to Minamata (Japan) mercury pollution - A case study

    Gajbhiye, S.N.; Hirota, R.

    content was 0.01 to 0.25 mu g g/1 (dry). Among the various groups of zooplankton studied chaetognaths, bivalve, and crustaceans showed higher rate of bioaccumulation. The distribution of other heavy metals was not abnormal and the values were below...

  19. Rapid reassessment of the eutrophication status of Kingston Harbour, Jamaica using the zooplankton community

    Patrice A. Francis

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Previous extensive studies of zooplankton distribution in the eutrophic Kingston Harbour established that it was being continuously contaminated. We assessed the community in 2011, 17 years after a previous study and five years after the introduction of a tertiary waste water system. Sampling was conducted for four weeks at eight stations identical to those sampled in a previous study. We used horizontal surface tows with a 200µm net. A total of 73 zooplankton taxa were identified and copepods dominated with 20 species. Mean total abundances were high, ranging from a minimum of 2 383 animals m-3 in the southern region of Hunts Bay to 194 166 animals m-3at the Inner Harbour. Five zooplankton taxa (Acartia tonsa, Paracalanus spp., Temora turbinata, Penilia avirostris and Lucifer faxoni that were previously identified as indicators, were again important in the Harbour. The overall zooplankton abundances were similar and in some cases higher than the previous study. There was no significant improvement in the water quality since the introduction of the treatment system at Soapberry. This may be a result of unknown nutrient inputs or of nutrient remaining in the sediments.

  20. Distribution and abundance of the zooplankton of the Ems estuary (North Sea)

    Baretta, J. W.; Malschaert, J. F. P.

    From 1974 to 1977 a study was made of the abundance and the distribution of the zooplankton species of the Ems estuary (The Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany), an area of about 500 km 2 with extensive tidal flats. The most important component of the zooplankton consisted of holoplanktonic calanoid copepods with, during the summer, a significant contribution of meroplankton, mainly consisting of polychaete and cirripede larvae. Zooplankton abundance showed a marked seasonality, with a pronounced spring peak and a smaller late summer/autumn peak. In the low salinity area the spring bloom was dominated by Eurytemora affinis, which persisted in the salinities below S=5 upriver during the whole year. In the polyhaline area Acartia bifilosa was the main component of the spring bloom. The late summer maximum from August to October was dominated by Acartia tonsa in the meso- and polyhaline area and by A. discaudata and Centropages hamatus in the euhaline part of the estuary bordering on the Wadden Sea proper. The number of abundant (> 1000 ind·m -3) species increased from the inner, fresher part of the estuary towards the Wadden Sea but, except for April, average zooplankton density in salinities 18 (2817 ind·m -3). The distribution patterns show that there are only a few autochthonous species and that the majority of species is allochthonous and penetrates more or less deeply into the estuary from the Wadden Sea and North Sea, varying with species and season.

  1. ZOOPLANKTON SIZE-SPECTRA AS AN INDICATOR IN GREAT LAKES COASTAL WATERS

    Zooplankton size-spectra has the potential to be used as an indicator of ecological condition. Mean size and size-distribution are effected by planktivore pressure and therefore reflect trophic cascade interactions as well as size selective predation. We used an optical plankton ...

  2. Marine Mesocosm Model, Development of phyto- and zooplankton under elevated copper concentrations

    Glorius, S.T.; van Kooten, T.

    2011-01-01

    A ‘minimal’ model was constructed to simulate the development of phyto- and zooplankton communities with and without the presence of elevated copper concentrations and to investigate if there is a food web effect in addition to the direct effect of copper. Data from a mesocosm experiment carried out in 2009 studying the effect of copper were used to compare model output.

  3. Pollution effect on specific composition and diversity of zooplankton in Syrian coastal waters

    The main objective of this study was to compare specific composition of zooplankton in relatively polluted water with that in water considered clean. Certain differences in specific composition and in number of species were found for the two types of water

  4. Application of normalized biomass size spectra to laser optical plankton counter net intercomparisons of zooplankton distributions

    Herman, A. W.; Harvey, M.

    2006-05-01

    The optical plankton counter (OPC) and recently the laser OPC (LOPC) have been used primarily in two measurement applications: (1) identification of specific zooplankton species and (2) changes in zooplankton community structure using size-based spectral measurements. The normalized biomass size spectra (NBSS) are one representation of the size-based approach. The present study is based on utilizing the NBSS to describe the conditions or characteristics of the zooplankton community that allow a reasonable intercomparison of net samples and LOPC measurements made simultaneously for data collected during two oceanographic cruises carried out in the Lower Estuary and the Gulf of St. Lawrence in spring 2001 and 2002, respectively. NBSS linear slopes gelatinous material (present during or immediately following blooms) that are less present in nets and are not intercomparable with LOPC measurements. Conversely, slopes >-0.7, or more "blue water" conditions, indicate the potential for reasonable intercomparison of the two methods. This observation applies to smaller-sized zooplankton such as copepodites of Calanus spp. with equivalent spherical diameter gelatinous material and reasonable intercomparisons between LOPC and net were obtained for both sampling years. The LOPC signals produced by Calanus spp. (IV-VI) were larger and more easily separated.

  5. Zooplankton of the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean: Similarities and dissimilarities

    A.V. KOVALEV

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A synthesis of data on abundance and biomass of zooplankton in the Eastern Mediterranean (EMED and the Black Sea shows major differences in the composition and structure of pelagic communities in the two basins. Few Mediterranean planktonic animals have invaded and acclimatised in the Black Sea. The great bulk of Black Sea species is represented by coastal inhabitants that spread throughout the whole basin. This process has been called “neritization” of the Black Sea fauna. Peculiarities in zooplankton assemblages of the Black Sea have been further strengthened over the last few decades due to increasing eutrophication and the massive invasion of the ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi. The relative contribution of copepods, cladocerans, chaetognaths, and appendicularians to total zooplankton biomass has notably decreased , whereas gelatinous groups (mainly represented by Mnemiopsis and Aurelia aurita contributed up to 99% of total wet weight in 1995 in the Black Sea.The basic features of planktonic fauna in the Black Sea are mainly due do the geo-morphological characters of the basin and the limited exchanges with the EMED, that are confined to the surface-subsurface layers in the Dardanelles and Bosphorus Straits. However, the dramatic changes that recently occurred in the structure of zooplankton assemblages seem to have been caused by heavy anthropogenic impact on the pelagic system.

  6. Association of the stramenopilan protists, the aplanochytrids, with zooplankton of the equatorial Indian Ocean

    Damare, V.; Raghukumar, S.

    of zooplankton yielded Labyrinthulomycetes in culture, the colony morphology and/or life cycles of which corresponded to aplanochytrids. Small-subunit ribosomal DNA (SSU rDNA) sequence analysis of 8 of the isolates placed them in a distinct clade among...

  7. Trace metal concentrations in zooplankton from the eastern Arabian Sea and western Bay of Bengal

    Rejomon, G; Balachandran, K.K; Nair, M.; Joseph, T.; DineshKumar, P.K.; Achuthankutty, C.T.; Nair, K.K.C.; Pillai, N.G

    209 and 217 of the Fishery and Oceanographic Research Vessel Sagar Sampada. The average metal concentrations in the Bay of Bengal zooplankton (Fe, 14,073 mu g g sup(-1); Co, 24.2 mu g g sup(-1); Ni, 29.5 mu g g sup(-1); Cu, 46.2 mu g g sup(-1); Zn...

  8. Crustacean zooplankton in aerated wastewater treatment lagoons as a potential feedstock for biofuel.

    Kring, Stefanie A; Xia, Xiaoyan; Powers, Susan E; Twiss, Michael R

    2013-01-01

    Zooplankton biomass productivity was estimated for two 64,000 m3 (1.7 ha) facultative aerated wastewater treatment lagoons to evaluate potential biodiesel production from zooplankton biomass. Lagoons were monitored bi-weekly during summer 2010. Lipid accumulated by crustacean zooplankton was considered the most efficient means by which to collect lipid produced by phytoplankton owing to the greater ease in the collection of these organisms (>0.153mm) compared with unicellular algae (size sewage lagoons. The potential biodiesel production for one lagoon was estimated to be 0.04 +/- 0.02 L m(-2) yr(-1), which results in a total of 1120 +/- 560 L from two lagoons. This study showed that there are organisms present in wastewater lagoons, besides algae, that can serve as a biofuel feedstock. Additionally, this research expands the current knowledge of facultative aerated wastewater lagoon ecology and waste stream-derived biofuel. Future research should include complete life cycle and economic analyses to determine if harvesting zooplankton from wastewater lagoons is a sustainable endeavour. PMID:24350451

  9. Estimates of zooplankton abundance and size distribution with the Optical Plankton Counter (OPC)

    Wieland, Kai; Petersen, D.; Schnack, D.

    1997-01-01

    in order to identify main species in the in situ size frequency distributions obtained by the submersible version of the OPC. Differences in the particle concentration between shallow and deep water layers were clearly resolved by the submersible OPC, but the high diversity of the zooplankton...

  10. Incorporation of nitrogen from N2 fixation into amino acids of zooplankton

    Loick-Wilde, Natalie; Dutz, Jörg; Miltner, Anja; Gehre, Matthias; Montoya, Joseph P.; Voss, Maren

    2012-01-01

    Eurytemora affinis (Copepoda) were fed 15N-labeled Rhodomonas salina (Cryptophyta) or 15N-labeled Nodularia spumigena (Cyanobacteria) in excess under controlled laboratory conditions. Zooplankton collected from the Baltic Sea were fed natural phytoplankton amended with 15N-labeled N. spumigena. We...

  11. Zooplankton standing stock, community structure and diversity in the northern Arabian Sea

    Goswami, S.C.; Srivastava, Y.

    station (lat. 22 degrees 07'N and long. 67 degrees 03'E) and was due to swarm of gammarid amphipods and shoal of sergestid shrimp Acetes johni. Herbivores dominated the zooplankton community and copepods were most abundant (36.9 to 71.7%). The other...

  12. Biochemical composition of zooplankton of Bombay High (oil platform) area in the Arabian Sea

    Bhat, K.L.; Wagh, A.B.

    Variations in the biochemical constituents and calorific values of zooplankton from an off-shore oil processing platform were estimated. Mean value of biomass was 0.35 ml.m/3 with relatively higher values during post-monsoon period. Copepods formed...

  13. Relative abundance of resident versus oceanic zooplankton over an interisland reef

    Zooplankton were collected from various substrate types. Densities were determined and results indicated that demersal plankton were abundant on the Japtan reef flat. Behavioral mechanisms were exhibited by many organisms including swimming near the substrate or in the lees of coral heads. Demersal plankton may provide an important food source for nocturnally foraging fishes

  14. The effect of zooplankton on the dynamics and molecular composition ofcarbohydrates during an experimental algal bloom

    Kragh, J. T.; Søndergaard, M.; Borch, N. H.

    2006-01-01

    The accumulation and degradation of carbohydrates (aldoses) were investigated during diatom blooms in two mesocosms. The effects of macrozooplankton were explored by addition of zooplankton to one mesocosm (+Z). Aldoses accumulated at a steady rate of 4.9 µM C d-1 from day 9 in the mesocosm without...

  15. First study on the zooplankton of the Kerid (Kerið Crater Lake, Iceland

    Vesela Evtimova

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available We studied the qualitative composition of zooplankton of the Kerid Crater Lake. We found 10 taxa from which five rotifers and two lower crustaceans. Three of the recorded species are new to the freshwater fauna of Iceland: the rotifer species Keratella cf. americana Carlin, 1943 and Colurella sulcata (Stenroos, 1898, and the crustacean harpacticoid Bryocamptus (Bryocamptus minutus (Claus, 1863.

  16. Diversity, Abundance and Seasonal Dynamic of Zooplankton Community in a South-Saharan Reservoir (Burkina Faso

    Adama Oueda

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available From May 2004 to April 2005, the zooplankton of the Loumbila reservoir was subject to a 14 days periodicity follow-up. This study attempt to describe the diversity, abundance and seasonal dynamic of zooplankton community in a south-saharian reservoir. Plankton community was sampled with horizontal tows of a plankton net of 100 μm mesh size. The samples analysis permitted to identify 7 species of Cladocera and 2 species of the Copepoda. The overall Rotifers observed belong to 14 genera. The Cochran`s Q-test together with various methods of variance analyses and the Redundancy Analysis (RDA allowed to highlight the seasonal dynamics of zooplankton settlement. The most significant factor in this dynamics is water movement i.e., water gain or loss in the reservoir. This factor evolves together with some physicochemical parameters favourable to plankton development and simultaneously opposes some other unfavourable factors such as high conductivity. Crustaceans are more sensitive to the season impacts than Rotifers. Besides this seasonal variability the zooplankton community of Loumbila reservoir also shows variability according to depth.

  17. Zooplankton assembly in mountain lentic waters is primarily driven by local processes

    Tavernini, Silvia; Primicerio, Raul; Rossetti, Giampaolo

    2009-01-01

    The influence of local (i.e. physico-chemical constraints) and regional (i.e. dispersal) processes in determining the structure of zooplankton communities in lentic waters was analysed in a mountain district of 4500 km 2 (northern Apennines, Italy). In the 47 lakes and ponds considered in this study, a total of 139 taxa were found. Surface area (SA) and maximum depth ( Zmax) significantly influenced species richness and nestedness, stressing the importance of habitat availability for zooplankton diversity and composition. Species richness and nestedness did not correlate with site isolation, indicating low influence of dispersal for these community properties. A negative relationship between the similarity in species composition among sites and their mutual geographic distance was also found. The relative importance of different sources of compositional variation was quantified by direct ordination. Local environmental conditions (i.e. Zmax, altitude, pH and conductivity) accounted for 65.9 % of the variation in rotifer assemblages. The importance of environmental constraints in structuring zooplankton communities was best documented by the microcrustacean distribution in the study area, which was mainly correlated (73.4 % of the variation in the species data) with water ionic content, surface area and hydroperiod of the habitats. Although previous studies on processes shaping zooplankton assemblages that operate at different scales have yielded contrasting results, our data provide clear evidence for a major role of local constraints.

  18. Zooplankton ecology in the Mandovi-Zuari estuarine system of Goa, west coast of India

    Padmavati, G.; Goswami, S.C.

    were influenced by the southwest monsoon. Salinity fluctuations were drastic (0.1 to 36.6 x 10 sup(-3)). This appeared to cause variations in plankton production and heterogeneity of various taxa. Zooplankton biomass and total numerical counts varied...

  19. Zooplankton biomass and potential fishery resources of the EEZ of India

    Goswami, S.C.

    An assessment of zooplankton biomass, secondary production and potential fishery resources of the EEZ of India was made from the data collected during a period of 15 years from 1976 to 1991. The areas studied included the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal...

  20. The possibilities of least-squares migration of internally scattered seismic energy

    Aldawood, Ali

    2015-05-26

    Approximate images of the earth’s subsurface structures are usually obtained by migrating surface seismic data. Least-squares migration, under the single-scattering assumption, is used as an iterative linearized inversion scheme to suppress migration artifacts, deconvolve the source signature, mitigate the acquisition fingerprint, and enhance the spatial resolution of migrated images. The problem with least-squares migration of primaries, however, is that it may not be able to enhance events that are mainly illuminated by internal multiples, such as vertical and nearly vertical faults or salt flanks. To alleviate this problem, we adopted a linearized inversion framework to migrate internally scattered energy. We apply the least-squares migration of first-order internal multiples to image subsurface vertical fault planes. Tests on synthetic data demonstrated the ability of the proposed method to resolve vertical fault planes, which are poorly illuminated by the least-squares migration of primaries only. The proposed scheme is robust in the presence of white Gaussian observational noise and in the case of imaging the fault planes using inaccurate migration velocities. Our results suggested that the proposed least-squares imaging, under the double-scattering assumption, still retrieved the vertical fault planes when imaging the scattered data despite a slight defocusing of these events due to the presence of noise or velocity errors.

  1. Population, migration and urbanization.

    1982-06-01

    Despite recent estimates that natural increase is becoming a more important component of urban growth than rural urban transfer (excess of inmigrants over outmigrants), the share of migration in the total population growth has been consistently increasing in both developed and developing countries. From a demographic perspective, the migration process involves 3 elements: an area of origin which the mover leaves and where he or she is considered an outmigrant; the destination or place of inmigration; and the period over which migration is measured. The 2 basic types of migration are internal and international. Internal migration consists of rural to urban migration, urban to urban migration, rural to rural migration, and urban to rural migration. Among these 4 types of migration various patterns or processes are followed. Migration may be direct when the migrant moves directly from the village to the city and stays there permanently. It can be circular migration, meaning that the migrant moves to the city when it is not planting season and returns to the village when he is needed on the farm. In stage migration the migrant makes a series of moves, each to a city closer to the largest or fastest growing city. Temporary migration may be 1 time or cyclical. The most dominant pattern of internal migration is rural urban. The contribution of migration to urbanization is evident. For example, the rapid urbanization and increase in urban growth from 1960-70 in the Republic of Korea can be attributed to net migration. In Asia the largest component of the population movement consists of individuals and groups moving from 1 rural location to another. Recently, because urban centers could no longer absorb the growing number of migrants from other places, there has been increased interest in the urban to rural population redistribution. This reverse migration also has come about due to slower rates of employment growth in the urban centers and improved economic opportunities in rural areas. According to UN data, at the global level the trend in longterm and permanent migration is towards stabilization or decline in the rate of movement into developed countries like the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia from developing countries. Migrants in the Asian and Pacific region mostly tend to be in the 15-25 year age group. Most migrants streams are male dominant. The rural urban migration stream includes a large proportion of people who are better educated than their rural counterparts but generally less educated than the urban natives. Reasons for migrating in the Asian and Pacific region are economic, educational, sociocultural and political. A negative factor in rural migration is that it deprives villages of the ablest people. PMID:12265662

  2. Marriage, money and migration

    strm, Johanna

    2009-01-01

    The thesis consists of a summary and four self-contained papers. Paper [I] examines the effects of interregional migration on gross earnings in married and cohabiting couples. In particular, we examine the link between education level and income gains. We find that pre-migration education level is a key determinant of migration and economic outcomes and is also a determinant of the effect of migration on income distribution within the household. The positive average effect on household earnin...

  3. Environmental Disasters and Migration

    MBAYE, Linguère Mously; Zimmermann, Klaus F.

    2015-01-01

    This paper reviews the effect of environmental disasters on migration. Although there is an increase of environmental disasters and migration over the past years, the relationship is complex. While some authors find that environmental disasters increase migration, others show that they have only a marginal or no effect or are even negative. Migration appears to be an insurance mechanism against environmental shocks. Remittances help to decrease households' vulnerability to shocks but also dam...

  4. Globalization, Migration and Development

    George, Susan; Samuel, John,

    2002-01-01

    EnglishMigration may become the most important branch of demography in the earlydecades of the new millennium in a rapidly globalizing world. This paper discusses the causes, costsand benefits of international migration to countries of the South and North, and key issues of commonconcern. International migration is as old as national boundaries, though its nature, volume,direction, causes and consequences have changed. The causes of migration are rooted in the rate ofpopulation growth and the...

  5. On Marriage and Migration

    Stark, Oded

    1988-01-01

    Marriage, migration and related phenomena such as marital stability, fertility and investment in human capital may be better explained by studying marriage and migration jointly. We thus proceed in this paper to explore the role of migration in obtaining joint labour-market and marriage-market equilibrium. This facilitates identification of several novel and testable hypotheses.

  6. More Myths of Migration.

    Basch, Linda; Lerner, Gail

    1986-01-01

    Challenges "myths" about women and migration, including (1) the causes of migration are economic, not racism; (2) migrant women receive support from feminist groups and trade unions; (3) transnational corporations are positive forces in developing nations; (4) migration today has little impact on family life; and (5) most migrants cluster in…

  7. Migration and Adult Education

    Gois, William

    2007-01-01

    The objective of this paper is to highlight the role of adult education as a tool in addressing labour migration issues, specifically those concerning the protection of migrant workers' rights and the transformation of the impact of migration into positive holistic developmental gains. The view of labour migration as a means to forge the economic

  8. Ecological investigation of zooplankton abundance in the river Haraz, northeast Iran: Impact of environmental variables

    Jafari Naser

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The influence of physicochemical properties of Haraz river on its zooplankton composition and abundance were investigated at three sites for one year between August 2009 and July 2010. The present study records for the first time the aspects of zooplankton diversity and composition in relation to the physicochemical environment of the Haraz river. Only three groups of zooplankton were found: Rotifera with eighteen genera; Cladocera with nine and Copepoda with six genera. Rotifera was the predominant group (64.89%, followed by Cladocera (19.62% and Copepoda (15.32%. Upstream, the abundance was 805 individuals/m3, while it varied from 922 to 1126 ind/m3 downstream. Alkaline pH and nutrients were the main environmental factors which affected zooplankton abundance in the river. Site variation in dominance, diversity, evenness and richness were calculated. The study revealed that the presence of certain species, such as Lepadella sp., Mesocyclops sp., Polyarthra sp. and Brachionus sp. is considered to be a biological indicator for eutrophication. The calculated Jack1 values of sites 1 to 3 were 7.624, 16.426 and 19.221, respectively. The Shannon-Wiever species diversity index (H’ values were also different for all the three sites viz., site 1 (1.992, site 2 (1.21 and site 3 (2.48. Simpson’s dominance index (H value was highest at site 1 (0.692, indicating maximum dominance, whereas at site 3 dominance was the lowest (0.227 and diversity was the highest. Overall, our results showed that changes in the water quality of the river Haraz have considerable effects on the composition of zooplankton assemblages that can potentially affect the functioning of these ecosystems.

  9. Evaluation of abiotic stresses of temperate estuaries by using resident zooplankton: A community vs. population approach

    Paul, Sourav; Wooldridge, Tris; Perissinotto, Renzo

    2016-03-01

    By using permanently resident zooplankton, we assessed the ecological level (i.e. community and or population) that provides more in-depth indication of the stress related to salinity and temperature fluctuations in temperate estuaries. In the semi-arid warm temperate South Africa, the Gamtoos estuary experiences a full salinity gradient maintained by irregular but relatively frequent freshwater pulses, whereas the Kromme estuary is euhaline throughout its extent and receives only occasional freshwater inputs when the storage reservoir six km upstream overtops. Changes in the species evenness index of Pielou and the abundances of estuarine resident zooplankton species were modelled against salinity and temperature variations of respective estuaries. In the Gamtoos estuary, response of individual populations provided more in-depth information regarding zooplankton variability. However the most abundant resident zooplankton i.e. Acartia longipatella a copepod was not the best predictor of the salinity and temperature fluctuations. Conversely, the Kromme estuary study provided insights into the potential vulnerability of the resident estuarine zooplankton community to cold. Further, the population level study exposed responses of specific species against salinity changes. We discuss the pros and cons of designing ecological indicators of abiotic stress based on specific species, targeted to specific ecological level, and needs of considering the frequency and magnitude of fresh water inflow in an estuary. A suggestion is to use specific taxonomic group(s) (e.g. Copepods) to better understand the abiotic stress factors of specific set of estuaries (e.g. freshwater rich/starved) until a 'one size fits all' indicator is found for temperate estuaries.

  10. Spatial and temporal variability of water quality and zooplankton in an artisanal salina

    Vieira, Natividade; Bio, Ana

    2011-02-01

    Conditions in artisanal salterns, or salinas, vary depending on their physical structure, seasonal effects, and the two periods of the salt production cycle. They therefore constitute unique wetland habitats, with particular communities that are still poorly studied. Water quality and zooplankton of a working artisanal salina were studied to evaluate spatial variability between sections and temporal variability between the salt production and flooded periods and between seasons. Zooplankton communities were related to environmental conditions. Sampling took place every second week, during almost two years, at six sites of the Tanoerias salina in Aveiro, Portugal: at the beginning and centre of the salina inlet channel, in a supply pond, in two evaporator and one crystalliser ponds. Since salt production occurs in the warm season only, seasonal effects concur with those caused by the salt production cycle. Results showed significant differences in temperature, dissolved oxygen (DO) and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD 5) between salt production and flooded periods, i.e. summer and spring/winter seasons. Salinity and alkalinity were linked to salt production with extreme values in the salt-producing crystalliser pond. Zooplankton communities varied between seasons, but also with the salina section and the salt production cycle. Zooplankton densities and diversity tended to be lower during salt production, particularly under the extreme living conditions in the salina crystalliser pond. Variation in zooplankton communities between samples was mainly influenced by temperature, i.e. season, at the salina inlet, by BOD 5 or DO, also related to temperature and season, in the first ponds and by nutrients throughout the system.

  11. Hierarchical Analysis of Zooplankton Assemblages over Semidiel Pattern in the Lagoon of Kavaratti Atoll, Lakshadweep Archipelago, India

    J. Jean Jose

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available A hierarchical analysis of data concerning the zooplankton assemblages over a semidiel pattern werepresented in the inside waters of Kavaratti lagoon. Gastropod larvae dominated in all time intervals throughoutthe study. The dendrogram matrix clearly indicated the community interrelation ships expressed by thisunivalve molluscan group over semidiel pattern towards other groups of zooplanktons aggregated in thecollections. Copepod varieties form a single separate cluster and showed its presence as an opportunisticinvader to the lagoon ecosystem. In the lagoon the zooplankton assemblages and community structure seemto be clearly more balanced over the diel variation, which is clearly reflected in the cluster tree plotted.

  12. Concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb in Zooplankton at Pulau Redang, Terengganu, Malaysia

    Che Abd Rahim Mohamed; Phang Feong Kuan

    2005-01-01

    Zooplankton samples collected from eight stations around Pulau Redang, Terengganu, Malaysia were use for measure the concentration activities of 210Po and 210Pb using Alpha Spectrometry. Mean activity in zooplankton tissue for 210Po [364.67?21.00 Bq kg 1 (dry wt.)] was much greater than 210Pb [93.67?6.83 Bq kg 1 (dry wt.)] with ranging ratio of 210Po/210Pb from 3.46 to 4.71. These fluctuated may be related to the feeding habits of zooplankton and daily biological processes occurred in water c...

  13. Vertical sleeve gastrectomy

    ... smaller stomach is about the size of a banana. It limits the amount of food you can ... staples. This creates a long vertical tube or banana-shaped stomach. The surgery does not involve cutting ...

  14. Hybrid vertical cavity laser

    Chung, Il-Sug; Mørk, Jesper

    2010-01-01

    A new hybrid vertical cavity laser structure for silicon photonics is suggested and numerically investigated. It incorporates a silicon subwavelength grating as a mirror and a lateral output coupler to a silicon ridge waveguide.......A new hybrid vertical cavity laser structure for silicon photonics is suggested and numerically investigated. It incorporates a silicon subwavelength grating as a mirror and a lateral output coupler to a silicon ridge waveguide....

  15. Patterns of migration in Tanzania.

    Bernstein, H.

    1981-01-01

    ILO pub-wep pub. Working paper identifying internal migration patterns and employment implications in Tanzania - discusses reasons for migration, types (seasonal workers, permanent, etc.), Migration within rural areas or urban areas, rural migration, land settlement trends, etc. References.)

  16. Bull Run vertical variation of groundwater flow

    An investigation was conducted at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Bull Run Fossil Plant near Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to determine the strata of greatest groundwater flow and vertical variation of hydraulic conductivity. The information will be used as input into a three-dimensional flow model to determine the direction of groundwater flow, and to analyze the potential for migration of coal-ash leachate offsite. It was hypothesized that the overburden has very low hydraulic conductivity and most of the flow is through deep fracture zones in the bedrock

  17. Zooplankton functional groups on the continental shelf of the yellow sea

    Sun, Song; Huo, Yuanzi; Yang, Bo

    2010-06-01

    Zooplankton plays a vital role in marine ecosystems. Variations in the zooplankton species composition, biomass, and secondary production will change the structure and function of the ecosystem. How to describe this process and make it easier to be modeled in the Yellow Sea ecosystem is the main purpose of this paper. The zooplankton functional groups approach, which is considered a good method of linking the structure of food webs and the energy flow in the ecosystems, is used to describe the main contributors of secondary produciton of the Yellow Sea ecosystem. The zooplankton can be classified into six functional groups: giant crustaceans, large copepods, small copepods, chaetognaths, medusae, and salps. The giant crustaceans, large copepods, and small copepods groups, which are the main food resources for fish, are defined depending on the size spectrum. Medusae and chaetognaths are the two gelatinous carnivorous groups, which compete with fish for food. The salps group, acting as passive filter-feeders, competes with other species feeding on phytoplankton, but their energy could not be efficiently transferred to higher trophic levels. From the viewpoint of biomass, which is the basis of the food web, and feeding activities, the contributions of each functional group to the ecosystem were evaluated; the seasonal variations, geographical distribution patterns, and species composition of each functional group were analyzed. The average zooplankton biomass was 2.1 g dry wt m -2 in spring, to which the giant crustaceans, large copepods, and small copepods contributed 19, 44, and 26%, respectively. High biomasses of the large copepods and small copepods were distributed at the coastal waters, while the giant crustaceans were mainly located at offshore area. In summer, the mean biomass was 3.1 g dry wt m -2, which was mostly contributed by the giant crustaceans (73%), and high biomasses of the giant crustaceans, large copepods, and small copepods were all distributed in the central part of the Yellow Sea. During autumn, the mean biomass was 1.8 g dry wt m -2, which was similarly constituted by the giant crustaceans, large copepods, and small copepods (36, 33, and 23%, respectively), and high biomasses of the giant crustaceans and large copepods occurred in the central part of the Yellow Sea, while the small copepods were mainly located at offshore stations. The giant crustaceans and large copepods dominated the zooplankton biomass (2.9 g dry wt m -2) in winter, contributing respectively 57 and 27%, and they, as well as the small copepods, were all mainly located in the central part of the Yellow Sea. The chaetognaths group was mainly located in the northern part of the Yellow Sea during all seasons, but contributed less to the biomass compared with the other groups. The medusae and salps groups were distributed unevenly, with sporadic dynamics, mainly along the coastline and at the northern part of the Yellow Sea. No more than 10 species belonging to the respective functional groups dominated the zooplankton biomass and controlled the dynamics of the zooplankton community. The clear picture of the seasonal and spatial variations of each zooplankton functional group makes the complicated Yellow Sea ecosystem easier to be understood and modeled.

  18. Vertical distribution of natural radionuclides in soils

    Lozano J. C.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Low-level alpha spectrometry techniques using semiconductor detectors (PIPS and liquid scintillation counters (LKB Quantulus 1220™ were used in order to determine the activity concentration of 238U, 232Th, 234U, 230Th, 226Ra, and 210Pb in soil samples. The soils were collected from an old disused uranium mine located in southwest Spain. The soils were selected with different levels of influence from the installation, in such a way that they had different levels of radioactive contamination. The vertical profiles in the soils (down to 40 cm depth were studied in order to evaluate the vertical distribution of the natural radionuclides. The possible contamination of subsurface waters depends strongly on vertical migration, and the transfer to plants (herbs, shrubs, and trees also will depend on the distribution of the radionuclides in the root zone. The study of the activity ratios between radionuclides belonging to the same series allowed us to assess the differing behaviour of the radionuclides involved. The vertical profiles for these radionuclides were different at each sampling point, showing the local impact of the installation. However, the profiles per point were similar for the long-lived radionuclides of the 238TJ series (238U, 234U, 230Th, and 226Ra. Also, a major disequilibrium was observed between 210Pb and 226Ra in the surface layer, due to 222Rn emanation and subsequent surface deposition of 210Pb.

  19. Three decades of sea water abstraction by Kapar power plant (Malaysia): What impacts on tropical zooplankton community?

    Chew, L L; Chong, V C; Wong, R C S; Lehette, P; Ng, C C; Loh, K H

    2015-12-15

    Zooplankton samples collected before (1985-86) and after (2013-14) the establishment of Kapar power station (KPS) were examined to test the hypothesis that increased sea surface temperature (SST) and other water quality changes have altered the zooplankton community structure. Elevated SST and reduced pH were detected between before and after impact pairs, with the greatest impact at the station closest to KPS. Present PAHs and heavy metal concentrations are unlikely causal factors. Water parameter changes did not affect diversity but community structure of the zooplankton. Tolerant small crustaceans, salps and larvaceans likely benefited from elevated temperature, reduced pH and shift to a more significant microbial loop exacerbated by eutrophication, while large crustaceans were more vulnerable to such changes. It is predicted that any further rise in SST will remove more large-bodied crustacean zooplankton, the preferred food for fish larvae and other meroplankton, with grave consequences to fishery production. PMID:26581817

  20. Observations on phytoplankton pigments, zooplankton and physico-chemical parameters in surface waters from southern Indian Ocean and Antarctic region

    JiyalalRam, M.; Goswami, S.C.

    Observations on distribution of chlorophyll a, phaeopigments, zooplankton and physico-chemical parameters in the Southern Ocean were carried out during 9th Indian Antarctic-Expedition (1989-1990). The results indicated high phytoplankton biomass...