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The Zooplankton Ecology lab is a research unit of the Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, Virginia and the School of Marine Science of The College of William & Mary.

Our research interests are in zooplankton ecology and physiology, coastal and deep-sea food webs, nutrient cycling, and marine detritus ("marine snow"). Much of our current focus is how zooplankton community structure affects flux of organic material and cycling of nutrients in the sea. Our laboratory is involved in a number of projects with this theme, including the role of zooplankton vertical migration in transport of nutrients, the ecology of gelatinous zooplankton "blooms" and their affect on fluxes of organic matter, the importance of zooplankton in the cycling of dissolved organic matter, mesopelagic zooplankton and particle flux, and effects of mesoscale eddies on zooplankton community structure. We currently work in a number of marine environments including Bermuda and the Sargasso Sea, the subtropical and North Pacific, and the Chesapeake Bay.

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