The effects of external disturbances on zooplankton feeding and behaviour

Master Thesis subject (30 ECTS)
Copepods feed using chemosensory mechanisms which they use to follow the trail of their potential prey. Furthermore, they select prey on the basis of prey mobility and taste. Although we know that these phenomena exist, we know very little on how they exactly work and how stable they are against disturbance. Windfarms, which are currently being installed in great numbers in the North Sea are such potential disturbances, as they produce a considerable amount of sound under water, even after the initial establishment. Very little is know about this, and even less of the effects on underwater noise on copepod feeding. The student will review the current literature, and investigate the effects of underwater noise on food uptake of copepods.
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Reference Number: RP-35532