DIAPOD Mechanistic understanding of the role of diatoms in the success of the Arctic Calanus complex and implications for a war

DIAPOD is trying to unravel the mechanisms behind one of the largest migrations of biomass of Earth, the sinking of millions of tiny organisms called copepods each autumn from surface waters to great ocean depths to hibernate over winter. We still do not know what triggers their migration to depth or what factors wake them up again to re-ascend to the surface the following spring. The DIAPOD team will be collecting samples to examine the chemical composition of the microscopic food of copepods to determine if there are key components that these organisms need before they can enter hibernation.

Project Dates: 
February 2017 to February 2021

NERC - Strategic Research