Special Issue "Biodiversity and Ecology of Gelatinous Zooplankton"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2023) | Viewed by 444
Interests: marine biology; zooplankton; evolutionary ecology; climate-driven range shifts; taxonomy; gelatinous zooplankton; amphipod crustaceans
Gelatinous zooplankton group different taxa (ctenophores, cnidarian medusae and pelagic tunicates), which are phylogenetically distant but have watery and fragile bodies in common. Their soft tissues are easily destroyed with traditional net sampling, and they are rapidly digested in predator stomachs; hence, the biomass of gelatinous zooplankton has systematically been underestimated, and their role in the ecosystem and food web has been oversimplified. Only recently, the application of different sampling techniques, in situ observations and modern molecular methods provides a more comprehensive understanding of gelatinous zooplankton diversity and also shows that they act as prey for various predators. This Special Issue aims to fill in several knowledge gaps that still persist with regards to gelatinous zooplankton distribution patterns, ecological niches and trophic ecology, as well as their genetic diversity and evolutionary histories. Many species are notorious for their boom-and-bust-cycles and their capabilities to form massive blooms, impacting human activities such as fisheries and tourism. These complex life cycles and fluctuating population dynamics hamper our understanding of climate-driven impacts on gelatinous zooplankton population trends and distributions. Therefore, this Special Issue also addresses life cycle dynamics, as well as adaptation of gelatinous zooplankton populations and their resilience to ongoing and predicted environmental changes.
Dr. Charlotte Havermans
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- jellyfish (Cnidaria, Ctenophora)
- pelagic tunicates
- diversity and distribution patterns
- optical methods
- trophic interactions
- DNA barcoding and genetic connectivity
- life history and population dynamics
- evolutionary history
- adaptation and resilience to environmental changes