Zooplankton Ecology Lab, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary
Data Center Description
The Zooplankton Ecology lab is a research unit of the Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, Virginia and the School of Marine Science of The College of William and Mary.
Our research interests are in zooplankton ecology and physiology, coastal and deep-sea food webs, nutrient cycling, and marine detritus marine snow. Much of our current focus is how zooplankton community structure affects flux of organic material and cycling of nutrients in the sea. Our laboratory has recently been involved in a number of projects with this theme, including the role of zooplankton vertical migration in transport of nutrients, the ecology of gelatinous zooplankton blooms and their affect on fluxes of organic matter, and the importance of zooplankton in the cycling of dissolved organic matter. We have worked in a number of marine environments including coastal California, the Antarctic, Bermuda and the Sargasso Sea, and most recently the Chesapeake Bay.