Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

1972

Abstract

Studies of zooplankton are necessary to any broader investigation of aquatic ecosystems. In estuaries such as the Chesapeake Bay, zooplankton function as both detritus feeders. and primary consumers of phytoplankton. Some of them, including chaetognaths, medusae and large copepods, are members of a higher trophic level. The diversity of zooplankton, especially in neiitic areas, contributes to the complexities of' such studies.

The present project was initiated wholly as a result of the interest of the National Science Foundation in Chesapeake Bay and the establishment of the Chesapeake Research Consortium. The design of the research was planned to integrate with ongoing phytoplankton and plankton physiology studies at VIMS, although it was deemed necessary to cover a much wider study area than that of the other programs. No comprehensive study of the zooplankton of Chesapeake Bay has been carried out since the 1920's. Much of that work (Cowles,1930) is in error and taxonomically obsolete. [continues ..]

DOI

https://doi.org/10.21220/V50X46

Keywords

Zooplankton -- Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.)

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