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Ocean opens up to krill seeker from Mongolia


Jia, Z, Ocean opens up to krill seeker from Mongolia, Research to Reality - Craig Macaulay, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Online, 2 Sept 2014, p. 1. (2014) [Media Interview]

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Krill are widely recognised as the linchpin of the global ocean food web. Remarkably, very little is known about the diet of krill themselves. The mystery of the krill diet has led Molly Jia, an Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)/University of Tasmania PhD student, to embark on at least two unexpected research journeys. The quest for an ecosystem model giving shape to the beginnings of a Southern Ocean food web in winter has brought Molly to the business end of her thesis, due in December. Building such a model requires an understanding of the diet of Antarctic krill and other lower food chain species. Molly identified a clear gap in the research, particularly in the underpinning influences of winter diets. She joined the 2012 SIPEX-2 (Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystem eXperiment) voyage into the Southern Ocean to collect winter samples. The voyage was funded by the Australian Antarctic Division and the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystem Cooperative Research Centre.

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Item Type:Media Interview
Keywords:Krill, Southern Ocean food web, ecosystem model
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
UTAS Author:Jia, Z (Miss Molly Jia)
ID Code:94942
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2014-09-22
Last Modified:2014-09-22

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