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Defense Date

1996

Document Type

Thesis - NSU Access Only

Department

Oceanographic Center

First Advisor

Charles Messing

Second Advisor

Susan Corey

Third Advisor

Richard Dodge

Fourth Advisor

Les Watling

Abstract

The population dynamics, life histories, and patterns of emergence in an assemblage of inshore cumaceans (Crustacea, Peracarida) in Dania, Florida (the boat basin at Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center) were investigated over the course of 13 months. Three sampling methodologies were employed. Replicate box sampling (bimonthly, Mar 91-Mar 92) determined seasonal variations in population composition and density. Surface plankton net tows (monthly, Dec 90-Feb 92) determined seasonal recruitment and spawning cycles. Demersal emergence net sampling (twice - June and July 91) examined the time structure of emergence of cumaceans into the plankton.

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