Bentho-pelagic Coupling in Regulating Benthic Sedimentary Communities
A central question in ecology is why recruitment and species composition vary in time and space. This question has intrigued fisheries biologists and ecologists for the last century, and recently has become central in biodiversity conservation efforts. The Newfoundland environment, like other boreal environments in Canada and elsewhere, is one in which seasonal signals in temperature and production likely play major regulatory roles, in that they contribute to spatial and temporal patchiness of key variables at multiple scales. The goal of the research is to examine the response of benthic organisms to these environmental variables, particularly as they pertain to transport and survival of larval stages, cues that regulate patterns of settlement and benthic diversity, and the ecological importance of the subsequent patterns of diversity.
01 Jan 2002
31 Dec 2005
Fishing, hunting and trapping
NSERC Discovery Grant
Strategic Research Theme
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture