Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

6-1972

Abstract

Studies of zooplankton are necessary to any broader investigation of aquatic ecosystems. In estuaries such as the Chesapeake Bay, zooplankton function as both detritus feeders. and primary consumers of phytoplankton. Some of them, including chaetognaths, medusae and large copepods, are members of a higher trophic level. The diversity of zooplankton, especially in neriitic areas, contributes to the complexities of such studies. The present project was intiated wholly as a result of the interest of the National Science Foundation in Chesapeake Bay and the establishment of the Chesapeake Research Consortium. The design of the research was planned to integrate with ongoing phytoplankton and plankton physiology studies at VIMS, although it was deemd necessary to cover a much wider study area t:han that of the otherr programs. No comprehensive study of the zooplankton of Chesapeake Bay has been carried out since the 1920' s. Much of that work (Cowles, 1930) is in error and taxonomically obsolete. (more ...)

Keywords

Zooplankton -- Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.)

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