Capstone Title

The Relationship Between the Hydrodynamic Environment, the Food Environment, and Egg Production of the Calanoid Copepod, Acartia tonsa

Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. Marine Biology

First Advisor

Barry Klinger

Second Advisor

Charles Messing


Copepods, the most abundant multicellular organisms on earth, play a significant role in oceanic production. However, their production rates, as a function of both their food and hydrodynamic environments, are not yet understood. Specifically: "What are the effects of turbulence on A. tonsa behavior?" A review of the methods used in laboratory research illustrates why the effects of turbulence on A. tons a behavior are still under scrutiny. In order to better understand how turbulence affects copepod feeding and egg production rates, appropriate steps need to be taken; mainly, all studies should be derived from common ground. If future research employs common methods and techniques? Analysis of its results should dramatically further our knowledge in this discipline.

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