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Status, change, and futures of zooplankton in the Southern Ocean

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Johnston, NM and Murphy, EJ and Atkinson, A and Constable, AJ and Cotte, C and Cox, M and Daly, KL and Driscoll, R and Flores, H and Halfter, S and Henschke, N and Hill, SL and Hofer, J and Hunt, BPV and Kawaguchi, S and Lindsay, D and Liszka, C and Loeb, V and Manno, C and Meyer, B and Pakhomov, EA and Pinkerton, MH and Reiss, CS and Richerson, K and Smith Jr, WO and Steinberg, DK and Swadling, KM and Tarling, GA and Thorpe, SE and Veytia, D and Ward, P and Weldrick, CK and Yang, G, Status, change, and futures of zooplankton in the Southern Ocean, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9 Article 624692. ISSN 2296-701X (2022) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3389/fevo.2021.624692

Abstract

In the Southern Ocean, several zooplankton taxonomic groups, euphausiids, copepods, salps and pteropods, are notable because of their biomass and abundance and their roles in maintaining food webs and ecosystem structure and function, including the provision of globally important ecosystem services. These groups are consumers of microbes, primary and secondary producers, and are prey for fishes, cephalopods, seabirds, and marine mammals. In providing the link between microbes, primary production, and higher trophic levels these taxa influence energy flows, biological production and biomass, biogeochemical cycles, carbon flux and food web interactions thereby modulating the structure and functioning of ecosystems. Additionally, Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) and various fish species are harvested by international fisheries. Global and local drivers of change are expected to affect the dynamics of key zooplankton species, which may have potentially profound and wide-ranging implications for Southern Ocean ecosystems and the services they provide. Here we assess the current understanding of the dominant metazoan zooplankton within the Southern Ocean, including Antarctic krill and other key euphausiid, copepod, salp and pteropod species. We provide a systematic overview of observed and potential future responses of these taxa to a changing Southern Ocean and the functional relationships by which drivers may impact them. To support future ecosystem assessments and conservation and management strategies, we also identify priorities for Southern Ocean zooplankton research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:zooplankton, climate change, status and trends, ecosystems, Southern Ocean, global change, projections, ecosystem services, management, conservation
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Constable, AJ (Dr Andrew Constable)
UTAS Author:Halfter, S (Ms Svenja Halfter)
UTAS Author:Swadling, KM (Associate Professor Kerrie Swadling)
UTAS Author:Veytia, D (Ms Devi Veytia)
UTAS Author:Weldrick, CK (Dr Christine Weldrick)
ID Code:150502
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2022-06-18
Last Modified:2022-06-20
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